California Bills to Address Primary Care Shortage Not Enough, Say Clinics By Mark Prell & Capital Public Radio News • Sep 16, 2013 ShareTwitter Facebook Google+ Email Lawmakers had made efforts to expand the roles of mid-level providers like nurse practitioners, so that more patients could get primary care in shortage areas. But those measures stalled this year. Credit scpr.com California lawmakers approved a number of bills in the session just passed that are intended to address the state’s shortage of primary care providers. But clinics say the measures are not enough. Listen Listening... / Monday, September 16, 2013 Today's reporting by Pauline Bartolone.