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AACN's COVID-19 Letters and Sign-Ons with Coalition Partners

September 22: AACN sends letter to Congressional Leadership urging the inclusion of the Future Advancement of Academic Nursing (FAAN) Act (S.4396/H.R.7945) in the next COVID-19 legislative relief package to ensure nursing education pathways remain strong during current and future public health challenges.

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.  

Read the Latest Editions of AACN's Washington Weekly Newsletter

September 16, 2020: Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: AACN’s Participation in the Research!America’s 2020 Virtual National Health Research Forum; NIH Welcomes New NINR Director, Dr. Shannon Zenk; COVID-19 Legislative and Advocacy Updates.

September 9, 2020: Inside this special Advocacy edition of Washington Weekly: Urge Congress to Pass the Future Advancement of Academic Nursing (FAAN) Act (S.4396/H.R.7945); Urge your Senators to Cosponsor and Pass the Strengthening America’s Health Care Readiness Act (S. 4055); and Support World War II Cadet Nurses.  

September 2, 2020: Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Join AACN for a Webinar on the Future Advancement of Academic Nursing (FAAN) Act; Trump Administration to Deliver 150 Million Rapid COVID-19 Tests This Year; Nursing Voices, Nursing Votes: Counting Down to the 2020 Election.

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