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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published January 30, 2019


House Nursing Champions Introduce Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization

On Wednesday, January 23, nursing champions in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced the bipartisan legislation H.R. 728, Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2019. AACN applauds the introduction by House Nursing Caucus Co-Chairs, Representatives David Joyce (R-OH) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI); House Nursing Caucus Vice Co-Chairs, Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Rodney Davis (R-IL); and Representatives Doris Matsui (D-CA), Kathy Castor (D-FL), David McKinley (R-WV), and Lauren Underwood (D-IL).

Introduction of H.R. 728, Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization is just the beginning of the legislative process. Your voice is needed to help move this legislation forward! Send a message to your Representative urging them to cosponsor and pass Title VIII.

H.R. 728 would reauthorize the Nursing Workforce Development Programs (Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act) through Fiscal Year 2024 and align them with current trends in the profession. These programs, which depend on Title VIII Reauthorization for federal funding, support nursing education and practice in rural and underserved communities. For over five decades, Title VIII programs have been essential in meeting the nation's growing healthcare demands by bolstering nursing education, recruitment, retention, and faculty preparation.

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