Advocacy – Non-Member

VCNP’s Government Relations Committee meets year round to prepare for the Virginia General Assembly each January. Committee members organize regional legislative events each fall, connect with local legislators, and work to provide resources to the regional members to help them better understand how their involvement in the legislative process can advance NP practice for all of Virginia’s NPs.


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2023 Legislator Visit Guide


Advocacy Toolkit

To access VCNP legislation and additional advocacy resources, you must be a member of VCNP. Click here to access the members section.


Autonomous Practice Licensure

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2022 Virginia General Assembly

What next? If you are eligible for autonomous practice, please apply! For those who have two years of practice experience, you will only have a short window of time to apply, so we urge you to strongly consider applying now.

Thank you for your efforts and support of NP practice.


Rebekah M. Compton column:

Allow nurse practitioners to be a permanent solution to health care access

VCNP President, Rebekah “Becky” Compton provided an Op-Ed in the Richmond Times Dispatch on January 20, 2022.


2021 Virginia General Assembly

We did it! On February 25, Governor Northam signed HB 1737, which became effective July 1, 2021.

HB 1737 reduces from five to two the number of years of full-time clinical experience a nurse practitioner must have to be eligible to practice without a written or electronic practice agreement. This legislation has a “sunset” clause and will expire in June 2022.


2020 Virginia General Assembly

HB 793, Autonomous Practice Licensure, and the Attestation Process

HB 793 eliminates the requirement for a practice agreement with a physician for a nurse practitioner (NP) who has completed the equivalent of at least five years of full-time clinical experience and submitted an application attestation for autonomous practice licensure from the physician. NPs meeting this requirement may practice autonomously in the category in which the NP is certified and licensed.


FAQs: Autonomous Practice Licensure & the Attestation Process


2019 Virginia General Assembly

Virginia HB 1640 and SB 1178 ensure that NPs are able to bill insurance directly through their National Provider Identifier (NPI) numbers. Without this simple code change, patients could lose their access to needed care due to an inability to utilize their insurance.