Policy & Advocacy Past News

  • AACN Sends Letter Offering Initial Perspectives on PROSPER Act

    Advocacy— December 12, 2017

    AACN sent a letter to the Education and Workforce Committee regarding the PROSPER Act, a step toward reauthorizing the Higher Education Act. AACN is considering the bill’s impact on the higher education community and offers initial perspectives, both in support and out of concern, on some of the provisions included in this legislation.

  • AACN Sends Letter Citing Concerns with Provisions in H.R. 1 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

    Advocacy— November 29, 2017

    AACN sent a letter to the Senate commending the chamber for omitting certain provisions in their tax bill that would negatively impact affordability and accessibility of higher education. The association urges the Senate to continue refraining from including these provisions, which appear in the House’s bill H.R. 1, as they would increase the cost of education for undergraduate and graduate students by repealing a set of tax credits. The Senate is expected to address their bill on the floor this week.

  • An Overview: AACN’s 2017 Fall Advocacy Day

    Advocacy— November 13, 2017

    On October 30, academic nursing leadership established a record presence on Capitol Hill, with over 270 deans and associate deans from all 50 states and the District of Columbia meeting with 130 Congressional offices. AACN’s Fall 2017 Advocacy Day, part of AACN’s the Academic Nursing Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., had members meet with their federal legislators to connect on pressing national priorities impacting patients’ health and nursing education.

  • AACN Releases 2017 Graduate Nursing Student Debt Report

    Policy— October 18, 2017

    Last winter, AACN conducted the 2017 Graduate Nursing Student Loan Survey on student loan debt acquired by postgraduate nursing students, which make up 32% of AACN’s student population within member schools. After receiving IRB approval, the survey was disseminated to more than 12,000 individuals. The resulting report, The Numbers Behind the Degree: Financing Graduate Nursing Education, included data on 2,235 students in 328 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Key findings of the report provide insight on graduate nursing student loan debt, loan repayment, and financial support. Read the report.

  • AACN’s Faculty Policy Think Tank Releases Report

    Policy— October 12, 2017

    The Think Tank was created to inform and improve the state of health policy education in undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. The ultimate goal of the Think Tank was to consider ways that will help create a generation of future practitioners who understand the macro and micro drivers that impact policy and have the ability to skillfully insert nursing expertise in these discussions at all levels. Read the report.

  • The “Graham-Cassidy” Health Reform Bill

    Policy, Advocacy— September 22, 2017

    Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV), and Ron Johnson (R-WI) introduced a bill that would, in short, repeal the individual and employer mandates; move to provide states with block grants in lieu of federal subsidies; and repeal Medicaid expansion.

  • AACN Board Chair Testifies Before House Energy and Commerce Committee

    Policy— September 14, 2017

    On September 14, AACN Board Chair Juliann Sebastian, testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health, on H.R. 959: Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017.  

  • AACN Urges Congress to Find Legislative Solution for DACA “Dreamers”

    Policy— September 13, 2017

    AACN joins over 75 national associations in sending a letter to Congressional leadership urging permanent, legislative action to address protection for individuals who are registered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Executive Order established in 2012. 

  • AACN Submits Comments on Medicare Relief Red Tape Project

    Policy— August 30, 2017

    On August 25, AACN responded to a request from the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health. The call for comments allowed stakeholders to share solutions on how to reduce Medicare “Red Tape” though regulations and mandates and ultimately improve seniors’ health care. 

  • Congress Reaches a Deal in an FY 2017 Omnibus

    Policy— August 09, 2017

    During the late evening on April 30, Congress reached a deal on a final Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill which will run through September 30, 2017. In total, the omnibus provides $161 billion in discretionary funding for Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (LHHS-ED) programs, which is $934 million less than the FY 2016 enacted level.