AACN's Washington Weekly

Published February 26, 2020

Urge your Members of Congress to Support Heroic World War II Cadet Nurses

The United States Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act (H.R. 2056/S. 997), introduced in the House and Senate on April 3, 2019, recognizes and honors those that served in the United States Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II. From 1943 to 1948, nearly 120,000 Cadet Nurses honorably cared for America’s servicemen and women, and it is long past time that we recognize their heroic work. This vital legislation provides those that served with honorable discharges, medal privileges, and burial benefits for cemeteries administered under the Department of Veterans Affairs.

While included in the House-passed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), there is still more work to be done to ensure this admirable bill becomes law, especially as we celebrate the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife and honor those nurses who have paved the way. To move this legislation forward, we need your help!

Click here to email your Representative and Senators today, urging them to cosponsor and pass the United States Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act this Congress.

Congressional Briefing Discussed Increased Access to Non-Opioid Pain Management Choices

On February 19, AACN attended a congressional briefing on patient access to non-opioid pain management options. Hosted by Voices for Non-Opioid Choices, this event examined ways to increase access to opioid free or opioid limited surgeries. The main barrier to access discussed was the lack of a specific Medicare reimbursement code for non-opioid pain management therapies. S. 3067, the Non-Opioids Prevent Addiction in the Nation (NOPAIN) Act, would direct the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide separate Medicare reimbursement for non-opioid pain treatments, eliminating this barrier in the hope that it would decrease the excess use of opioids.

As a member of the Voices for Non-Opioid Choices, AACN continues to work with coalition partners to find additional ways to address the opioid epidemic and to move the NOPAIN Act forward. For more information on the coalition and their efforts, click here.

Congress and the Administration Work to Address the Coronavirus Threat

As the outbreak of the coronavirus continues to grow and spread, Congress and the Administration are working to address this threat. Earlier this week, President Trump requested $2.5 billion in emergency funding, from new and previously appropriated funds, such as Ebola preparedness, to help develop a vaccine and for protective equipment. This request has faced bipartisan backlash in Congress with calls for an even larger investment to adequately handle this potential pandemic.

Top Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials have warned that it is not a question of if the coronavirus will spread, but when it will spread. AACN recognizes how our deans, faculty, students, and nurses across the country are on the frontlines when fighting global health issues, like the coronavirus, and we will continue to monitor this growing threat. For additional updates, informational resources, and preparedness strategies, please visit the CDC website by clicking here.