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The following letter was sent to the 147 candidates running for the Kentucky Legislature. Those without opposition were excluded from our mailing. Click the first link below to view the 26 responses that were received. A similar letter was sent to the 19 Kentucky candidates running for federal office, three responses were received.

Dear Candidate:

Election time is a time for re-examining and focusing on important issues. If elected, you will be in a prime position to address one of our state’s most significant problems – the poor health of our citizens and their need for quality health care. These issues are the primary focus of the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives (KCNPNM). Ours is a professional organization representing nurse practitioners and nurse midwives in Kentucky who work to promote health and to provide the highest quality health care for all Kentuckians.

Nurse practitioners (NPs) and nurse midwives (NMs) provide health care to patients across the Commonwealth of Kentucky in urban, suburban, and rural areas. They provide health care services in primary care clinics, private offices, nursing homes, patients’ homes, mental health centers, veterans’ clinics, hospitals, emergency rooms and in many other locations.

As you are aware, Kentuckians have some of the highest rates of cancer, lung disease, diabetes, heart disease, and disabilities in the country. As the election draws near, we are hearing more and more concerns regarding access to health care services for Kentuckians. This is an important focus for NPs and NMs and for Kentucky’s voters.

In order to keep NPs, NMs, nurses, nurse educators - and their patients - better informed on the views of Kentucky’s legislative candidates regarding health care, the KCNPNM has developed a short questionnaire which we ask that you complete and return to us. Your responses will be widely disseminated to all the nursing groups, to their patients and to health advocates via the KCNPNM web site and newsletter, by the Kentucky Nurses Association, and in student nurse practitioner newsletters. There is the potential of your views on health care reaching over 70,000 licensed nurses!

Ky Legislature Questionnaire

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