AACN's Washington Weekly

Published July 17, 2019

U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Advances Out of House

On July 12, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2500, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020. This legislation included the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Amendment, which would provide nurses who served as members of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II with honorable discharges, medal privileges, and burial benefits in cemeteries administered under the VA.

AACN has been a steadfast supporter and advocate for H.R. 2056/S. 997, The United States Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act of 2019, and our Grassroots Network has sent 455 messages to 185 Members of Congress urging them to consider and pass this essential legislation. Those messages were heard. While not the traditional way to advance legislation, including H.R. 2056 in the NDAA proved to be successful.

Next, a Conference Committee will merge the House NDAA, which includes the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Amendment, with the Senate version, which does not include this amendment. AACN will continue to monitor the advancement of this vital legislation and looks forward to working with the House and Senate Conferees to ensure that the amendment becomes law.

Energy and Commerce Committee to Consider Title VIII Legislation

On July 11, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a markup and advanced H.R. 728, the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2019, to the full House Energy and Commerce Committee by a unanimous voice vote. This is an important first step in the process of moving Title VIII Reauthorization forward, and we applaud the Subcommittee for their dedication to the nursing workforce. Read AACN’s statement here.

During the markup, an amendment offered by Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA) was agreed to by the Subcommittee on Health. This amendment increases the total authorization amount of Title VIII Programs by $10 million and expands choices for nurses who participate in the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program. H.R. 728 is being considered today, July 17, in the full House Energy and Commerce Committee. Follow @AACNPolicy on Twitter for updates.

President Signs Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health

On July 10, President Trump signed Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health. According to the Administration, nearly 37 million Americans have chronic kidney disease, over 726,000 have end stage renal disease, and nearly 100,000 Americans are waiting to receive a kidney transplant. Through this executive action, HHS Secretary Alex Azar will have the authority to evaluate and implement new models of care, innovative technology, and regulations regarding organ donation, including the prevention and treatment of renal disease. Read the Executive Order here.

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