Decoding 2016: The Future of Healthcare - July 19, 2016
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LHHS-Ed Appropriations Update
On June 9, 2016, the Senate Appropriations Committee advanced its fiscal year 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS-ED) spending bill.
The bill includes a $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and would invest $229 million for critical funding nurse workforce development programs.
With election season on the horizon, Congress will be looking to recess for the summer by mid-July. The shortened legislative calendar could pose a challenge in passing a bicameral bill ahead the end of the fiscal year on September 30. ANA will continue to work with key members of the appropriations committee and leadership in the House and Senate throughout the process to ensure nurse workforce development programs are appropriately funded.
Public Review, Comments Now Available on Proposed Regulation on APRNs
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) within the Department of Veteran Affairs has been considering an updated policy to allow advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) working in the VHA to practice to the full extent of their education and training. As of Thursday, May 25, this regulation is now live and available for public comment in the Federal Register. You can read the proposal in its entirety here.
The 60-day public comment period on the proposed rule will end on July 25, 2016. We seek your assistance to ensure that the VA receives an overwhelming number of supportive comments to this rule.
Please check back on this website soon as we share ANA's analysis. The VA quoted ANA’s statement of support for granting APRNs full practice authority in their press release. You can read their press release here.
ANA Endorses Hillary Clinton for President in 2016
On March 22, the American Nurses Association President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, announced that Hillary Clinton has received the organization's endorsement for president. This announcement comes after weeks of voting by ANA members, who overwhelmingly supported Secretary Clinton in the endorsement campaign.