The Connecticut House has approved a bill that would permit nurse practitioners to treat patients and prescribe drugs independently after three years of collaboration with a physician. Gov. Dannel Malloy, who proposed the measure, plans to sign the bill, which was backed previously by the Senate. "This bill increases access to primary care across Connecticut by allowing advanced practice registered nurses to do more of what they do so well -- evaluating, screening, physical examinations and management of many routine medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and asthma," Malloy said.

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