AACN's Washington Weekly

Published June 26, 2019


House Passed FY20 LHHS-ED Bill: Includes Increased Funding for Title VIII, NINR

On June 19, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2740 - Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Legislative Branch, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act 2020. This legislation highlights the first step in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriation process, whereby Congress works to pass appropriation bills to fund the federal government before the September 30 deadline. H.R. 2740 includes increases to AACN's key priorities, including:

  • $279.472 million for Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs: A $30million or 12.03% increase over FY 2019 funding levels;
  • $170.958 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR): A $7.966 million (4.89%) increase over FY 2019 funding levels;
  • $25 million for the Loan Repayment Program for Substance Use Disorder Treatment Workforce: AACN members advocated for this loan repayment program, which includes nurses, in the comprehensive opioid package that passed last fall. We are pleased to see money allocated to this program as we work to combat the opioid epidemic.

In addition, AACN has strongly advocated for authorizing teaching clinicians to verify, not re-document, Evaluation and Management notes of NPs and PAs. We are proud to announce that this language was also included in the House's report!

We want to thank all AACN members who advocated for these programs during AACN's Spring Hill Day, responded to action alerts, and continue to communicate the need for increased funding for these essential programs. AACN will continue to monitor as the Senate considers their appropriation bills and as the process to fund the federal government continues. For an updated AACN FY 2020 funding chart, click here

Trump Administration Unveils Executive Order on Healthcare Transparency

On June 24, President Trump signed the Executive Order Improving Price and Quality Transparency in Healthcare. This Executive Order aims to address growing healthcare costs, improve price and quality transparency, and empower patients with information on their healthcare costs. More information on the Executive Order can be found here