Published March 16, 2017
Today, President Trump released his FY 2018 America First - A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again. The budget proposes wide sweeping and devastating cuts to programs that ensure health across the nation. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
strongly opposes these cuts and warns both the Administration and
Congress that decreasing federal dollars by this magnitude will threaten
the lives and livelihood of millions of Americans. The association
believes that safeguarding the public is not solely a defense effort, it
is also a public health one.
To raise our concerns, AACN's membership will be on Capitol Hill on
March 20, and we plan to share with Congress the vital importance of
funding for research, workforce, and health programs,"
said Dr. Juliann
Sebastian, AACN's Chair of the Board of Directors.
The budget proposal outlines a 20 percent reduction to the National
Institutes of Health (NIH), slashing the funding by $5.8 billion dollars
and folds the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality under NIH.
Funding for biomedical and healthcare research has a priceless return on
investment. Scientific discoveries improve health, help cure diseases,
and translate to advancements in quality care. The financial impact of
research is two-fold. First, the findings translate to direct cost
savings to the healthcare system, patients, and the community. Secondly,
research dollars spur local economies by creating jobs and
opportunities for community engagement. Cuts this deep to the nation's
epicenter for healthcare research is not only concerning, it is
Equally problematic, the budget proposes debilitating reductions to
health professions and nursing workforce programs by $403 million
dollars. This is counterintuitive to the Administration's goal of
increasing access and reducing costs. Forecasts project that nurses will
be called upon even more to coordinate care, provide preventive
services, and manage chronic diseases, in addition to their current
roles across the spectrum of care delivery. Supporting the growth of the
nursing workforce for current and projected trends is a necessary
investment to ensuring that the nurses educated today are ready for the
challenges of tomorrow.
"Health care cannot be transformed without foundational support for the
programs that hold the system up.Congress will ultimately be responsible for passing a
budget and we are committed to working with them to ensure that federal
funding underscores sustainability and progress toward a healthier
said AACN's President and CEO, Dr.