Policy & Advocacy Past News
- AACN Opposes Cuts in Healthcare Workforce and Education in President’s FY 2019 Budget
Advocacy, Policy— February 13, 2018
President Trump released the Administration's Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget yesterday, which proposes sweeping cuts to certain federal programs within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Education. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is gravely concerned about the impact these cuts would have on America's progress in educating the health professions workforce to deliver evidence-based care, as this denotes an historic shift away from critical investments in the academic and healthcare infrastructure. Read the full press release.
- Honoring Black History Month: Spotlight on Nurses in Policy
Policy— February 07, 2018
In honor of Black History Month, Washington Weekly will be featuring the accomplishments of African American nurses who have shaped health policy. Coinciding with this year’s theme for Black History Month, African Americans in Times of War, AACN highlights Hazel Johnson-Brown, who was the first African American woman to become a Brigadier General in the United States Army. Read more.
- President Trump’s First SOTU Addresses Opioid Crisis in Healthcare Agenda
Advocacy, Policy— January 31, 2018
President Trump delivered his first formal State of the Union address on January 30 before a joint session of Congress. In his speech, the President set his healthcare priorities: lowering drug prices, combating the opioid crisis, and expanding “right-to-try laws.” Although addiction treatment was not a major talking point, the President emphasized the need for tougher actions on illegal suppliers. Read more in Washington Weekly.
- Countdown Reset as Short-Term CR Reopens Government through Feb. 8
Advocacy— January 23, 2018
On January 22, following a three-day shutdown, Congress voted to pass a fourth Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the federal government through February 8. Through this measure, the Children’s Health Insurance Program is reauthorized for another six years, and delays certain Affordable Care Act taxes. However, other pressing issues that were not addressed in the CR include a solution for “DREAMers,” (individuals with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival, or “DACA” status) and the reauthorization of certain public health programs such as the National Health Service Corps (NHSC). Now, Congress and the Administration are yet again on the clock to address these issues. AACN continues to urge Congress to work towards a final FY 2018 bipartisan deal, as well as find a permanent solution to DACA and extend funding for the NHSC.
- 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.