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Ervin Yen

This week, the governor was the guest of honor at two major campaign fundraisers — in Oklahoma City and Tulsa — that included a veritable who's who of leading Oklahoma Republicans.

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Nationally and locally, the vaccination exemption rate is on the rise. Oklahoma's rate of full vaccination for school children lags behind the national average and below the goal of herd immunity, the ideal assurance that one unvaccinated individual will be protected if surrounded by those who have been immunized.

Next year, legislators should retire outdated practice barriers and ensure patients have access to timely, high-quality, patient-centered health care. The majority of patients want greater access to nurse practitioner services, and every major study — more than 100 — shows nurse practitioner-patient health outcomes are as good or better than other providers. Other states and patients are seeing the benefits. Now it’s time for Oklahoma to do the same.

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