Governor seeks $2.5M for medical provider training

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez plans to ask the Legislature to provide nearly $2.5 million next year to train more family practice physicians and nurse practitioners.

To address a shortage of health care providers, Martinez proposed Tuesday to allow 24 additional nurse practitioners to be educated through a University of New Mexico program. Currently, 16 are admitted to the program annually. The funding also would provide for seven additional family practice residency positions. There currently are 27 residency slots.

Nurse practitioners don’t have to work under the supervision of a physician and can operate their own clinics.

The governor has recently announced several health care proposals, including streamlining the licensing system for nurses who move to New Mexico from more than two dozen states that aren’t part of compact for multistate licensure

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