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AACN Latest Advocacy & Policy Efforts

November 22: AACN sent a letter urging Congress to include funding for nursing education, workforce, and research in any year-end package.

October 11: AACN sent a wecome letter to Dr. Arati Prabhakar, the new Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

September 15: AACN sent a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committee outlining key academic nursing funding priorities for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. 

September 6: AACN sent comments to the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services on CY 2023 Physician Fee Schedule.

August 18: AACN sent a welcome letter to Dr. Shereef Elnahal, the new Under Secretary for Health at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

August 8: AACN submitted comments to the Department of Education on Student Assistance General Provisions, Federal Perkins Loan Program, Federal Family Education Loan Program , and William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program Proposed Rule.

July 22: AACN submitted comments on the Department of Health and Human Services Initiative to Strengthen Primary Health Care.

May 24: AACN submitted written testimony to the House Appropriations Subcommittee outlining key academic nursing funding priorities for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. 

May 10: AACN submitted written testimony to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee outlining key academic nursing funding priorities for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023.

April 19: AACN sent a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies outlining key academic nursing funding priorities for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023.

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AACN Sign-Ons with Coalition Partners

November 17: AACN signed onto an American Council on Education letter to House and Senate leadership, urging congress to pass perminent protections to Deffered Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients during the final weeks of the 117th Congress.

November 15: AACN signed onto a Nursing Community Coalition letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees requesting at least $324.472 million for Title VIII Nursing Workforce  Development Programs and at least $208.571 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Omnibus.

November 15: AACN signed onto a Friends of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) letter, congratulating Dr. Mary Wakefield on being named to lead CDC’s structure modernization work and urging her to incorporate NCHS’ vital role and core function in CDC, HHS, and public health more broadly.

November 8: AACN signed onto an Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research letter urging Congress to swiftly finalize a fiscal year (FY) 2023 spending package that prioritizes robust investments in agencies and programs that improve the nation’s health and well-being, including funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

October 26: AACN signed onto a CDC Coalition’s letter in support of at least $10.45 billion for CDC in any final FY 2023 spending bill.

October 26: AACN signed onto an APRN Coalition letter urging the promulgation of the provider nondiscrimination rules.

October 26: AACN signed onto a Nursing Community Coalition letter thanking House Nursing Congress Co-Chairs, Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA-40) and David Joyce (R-OH-14) for introducing the Improving Care and Access to Nurses (I CAN) Act (H.R. 8812).

October 19: AACN signed onto American Indian/Alaska Native Health Partners' letters to the House and Senate supporting funding for the Indian Health Professions Account and Indian Health Service. 

September 26: AACN signed on to an APRN Workgroup letter for the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) Fees; Histocompatibility, Personnel, and Alternative Sanctions for Certificate of Waiver Laboratories proposed rule.

September 26: AACN signed onto a Nursing Community Coalition letter urging Congress  to pass top legislative priorities impacting our current and future nursing workforce before the end of the 117th Congress.

September 19: AACN signed onto a Research!America’s organizational letter urging timely action on FY23 appropriations to meet the very real research funding needs of the nation. 

September 16: AACN signed onto a Friends of NCHS letter to Congressional appropriators thanking them for the support in the House and Senate Fiscal Year 2023 appropriations bill and urging that NCHS be funded for at least $190 million.

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Read the Latest Editions of AACN's Washington Weekly Newsletter


  • Washington Weekly

    Advocacy, Policy— November 30, 2022

    Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: AACN Attends White House Virtual Events on COVID-19 Equity and Mental Health; ACT NOW: Urge Congress to Pass Academic Nursing Priorities this Year; and HHS Announces $350 Million for COVID-19 Vaccines

  • AACN's Washington Weekly

    Advocacy, Policy— November 16, 2022

    Inside this edition of Washington Weekly:

    • CMS Releases CY 2023 Physician Fee Schedule
    • HHS Secretary Becerra Convenes Event on Patient Safety
    • Mark Your Calendar: November 17 is National Rural Health Day

  • AACN's Washington Weekly

    Advocacy, Policy— November 09, 2022

    Inside this edition of Washington Weekly:

    • AACN’s Nursing Voices, Nursing Votes Garners Over 1,000 Pledges
    • HHS Invests $13 Million in the Nursing Workforce
    • U.S. Surgeon General Releases Framework for Addressing Workplace Mental Health

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