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AACN's 2020 Advocacy & Policy Efforts

View the efforts made by AACN's Government Affairs team to advance academic nursing's policy priorities during the 116th Congress.

AACN’s Sign-Ons with Coalition Partners

December 4: AACN Signs onto an Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research letter to President-Elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr. urging the new administration to support investments in the National Institutes of Health and biomedical, bioengineering, behavioral, and social science research.

December 3: AACN signs onto a Research!American letter urging Congressional Leadership to support increases in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 appropriations and pass a COVID-19 legislative relief package to combat the ongoing pandemic.

December 2: AACN signs onto an American Council on Education letter urging Congressional Leadership to provide higher education support to better address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

December 1: AACN signs onto two American Indian / Alaskan Native Health Partners letters to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies urging them to fund the Indian Health Service to the highest amount possible  for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021.

November 30: AACN signs onto a Voices for Non-Opioid Choices letter to Congressional Leadership urging them to include the Non-Opioids Prevention Addiction in the Nation (NOPAIN) Act (S. 3067/H.R. 5172) in any year-end legislative package.

November 24: AACN signs onto a Health Professionals and Nursing Education Coalition letter requesting the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to appropriate $790 million for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Title VII health professions and Title VIII nursing workforce development programs for Fiscal Year 2021.

November 20: AACN Signs onto a Nursing Community Coalition letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees and to Congressional Leadership requesting at least $269.972 million for Title VIII Nursing Workforce and Development Programs and at least $177.976 for the National Institute of Nursing Research. The undersigned organizations also reiterated their request to support additional supplemental funding for these programs in the next COVID-19 legislative relief package.

November 20: AACN signed onto a Nursing Community Coalition letter to Congressional Leadership urging them to support nursing workforce, education, and research priorities in any upcoming COVID-19 legislative relief package as the 116th Congress concludes.

November 20: AACN signs onto an American Council on Education Letter urging the Secretary of Education to extend borrower protections for student loans through the end of January 2021.

October 26: AACN signs onto an American Council on Education letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement opposing a proposed rule that would limit colleges and universities ability to recruit and retains students both born in the U.S. or abroad.

October 8: AACN signs onto an American Council on Education letter to the President regarding the September 22 Executive Order 13950 on “Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping.” The undersigned organizations strong oppose race and sex stereotyping, which inhibits efforts to build a more inclusive workplace, and this Execution Order creates concern, confusion, and uncertainty for federal contractors and grant recipients.

October 5: AACN signs onto an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Workgroup letter providing comment on the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule regarding the supervision of diagnostic tests by certain non-physician providers, telehealth, and an Executive Order protecting and improving Medicare for our nation’s seniors.

October 5: AACN signs onto a Patient Quality of Life Coalition letter providing comment on the calendar year 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule regarding evaluation and management visits and audio-only visits that will allow patients with serious illnesses to better access palliative care services.

September 3: AACN signs onto an AI/AN Health Partners letter urging the U.S. Senate to provide emergency funding for the Indian Health Service (IHS) and tribal health programs in the Senate’s next coronavirus legislation package to address the COVID-19 pandemic in Native American communities.

August 6: AACN signs onto an American Council on Education letter urging Congressional Leadership to include changes to the Paycheck Protection Program and the Main Street Protection Program in the next COVID-19 relief program to allow more colleges and universities to access these important programs. 

August 6: AACN signs onto an Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research letter urging Congressional and Administrative negotiators to finalize a bipartisan agreement and to support emergency funding of at least $15.5 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

August 5: AACN signs onto an American Council on Education letter urging Congressional Leadership to include support for student and institutions of higher education in the next COVID-19 relief package. 

August 5: AACN signs onto a Federation of Associations of Schools of the Health Professions (FASHP) letter urging Congressional Leadership to include student loan forgiveness for health professionals in the next COVID-19 supplemental package.

July 10: AACN signs onto an American Council on Education letter urging the Administration to rescind the directive issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regarding international students and the upcoming 2020-21 academic year.

July 2: AACN signs onto a letter urging Congress to provide at least $4.5 billion in public health infrastructure funding.
 
July 2:
AACN signs onto an American Council on Education letter urging the Administration to issue guidance for international students for the 2020-21 academic year.
 
June 29:
AACN signs onto a letter urging Congress to advance permanent telehealth reform.

June 9: AACN signs onto a letter urging Congress to provide increased supplemental funding to the Indian Health Services and Bureau of Indian Affairs to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 5: AACN signs onto an EDUCAUSE letter urging Congress to pass the Connectivity for Higher Education Students in Need Act (H.R.6814/S.3701)

May 29: AACN signs onto an American Council on Education letter urging Congress to expand the Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to all nonprofits

May 29: AACN signs onto an American Council on Education letter urging Congress to require the Federal Reserve to expand the Main Street Lending Program (MSLP) to nonprofits

May 29: AACN signs onto an American Council on Education letter urging Congress to pass $46.6 billion in supplemental funding to support colleges and universities

May 28: AACN signs onto an American Council on Education letter urging Congress to pass limited liability protections for colleges and universities

May 22: AACN signs onto an American Council on Education letter supporting the creation of a new facility for nonprofits with the Main Street Lending Facility

May 21: AACN signs onto a Friends of VA Medical Care and Health Research letter urging Congress to provide at least $50 million in supplemental funding for VA research to support COVID-19 research efforts

May 21: AACN signs onto an American Council on Education Amicus Brief on the Students for Fair Admissions v President and Fellows of Harvard College

May 14: AACN signs onto an American Council of Education letter expressing support for H.R. 6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions(or HEROES) Act.

May 7: AACN signs onto an American Council of Education letter requesting a range of clarifications and technical corrections to provisions in the CARES Act.

May 6: AACN signs onto a letter expressing concern regarding HRSA’s implementation of the Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Workforce Training Demonstration.

May 4: AACN signs on in support of a Dear Colleague letter circulated by Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL-08) and more than 90 Representatives urging investments in the mental health of frontline healthcare workers.

May 4: AACN signs onto a letter urging regulatory or legislative action to retain DACA during the COVID-19 national emergency.

April 30: AACN signs onto an American Council of Education letter on international student visas.

April 30: AACN signs onto a Voice for Non Opioid Choices letter urging Congress to include the Non-Opioids Prevent Addiction in the Nation (“NOPAIN”) Act (H.R. 5172) in any upcoming COVID-19 legislation.

April 28: AACN signs onto Nursing Community Coalition letter laying out additional COVID-19 legislative priorities.

April 21: AACN signs onto an Academy Health letter urging Congress to include $71 million for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to support evaluations and research related to the health care system’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 3: AACN signs onto letter urging the Administration take immediate action to alleviate the critical shortage across the nation of ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPE).

April 2: AACN signs onto an American Council of Education letter urging governors to temporarily suspend or modify barriers to ensure healthcare access, especially in telehealth services.

April 1: AACN signs onto letter urging Congress to include a significant, long-term investment in public health infrastructure.

March 23: AACN signs onto a Federation of Associations of Schools of Health Professions letter to the House and Senate leadership as well as the Administration.

March 20: AACN signs onto an American Council of Education letter laying out higher education priorities for COVID-19 legislation.

March 20: AACN signs onto letter urging Congress and the Administration to ensure that personal protection equipment (PPE) is available to all health care systems, facilities, and providers.

March 20: AACN signs onto a Partners & Advocates for Remarkable Children & Adults letter regarding PPE donations.

March 19: AACN signs onto a Nursing Community Coalition letter on its shared priorities for any COVID-19 legislative package.

March 18: AACN signs onto an American Council of Education letter urging Congress to ensure that veterans' education benefits are not disrupted as colleges and universities move courses online due to coronavirus.