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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published March 06, 2019

Washington Weekly graphic        Lauren Underwood at The Atlantic event        AACN student policy summit        Hill Day Hub 2019


116th Congress Explores Healthcare Priorities during The Atlantic Event

On February 27, The Atlantic magazine hosted a panel discussion in Washington, DC with members of Congress and panelists on healthcare affordability, access to care, and the future of the American healthcare system. Key speakers included Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) and Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL), along with Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Lamar Alexander (R-TN). The panelists explored their individual ideas on how to make health care more accessible and how to lower prescription drug costs. Chairman Alexander also highlighted the passage of the comprehensive opioid legislation, H.R. 6, in the 115th Congress as a major healthcare achievement. 


Upcoming Webinar: Learn How to Maximize Your Student Policy Summit Experience  

Register now for the second of two informational webinars, “Preparing for the Student Policy Summit,” on Tuesday, March 12 from 3:00-4:00 pm (ET). This webinar will focus on professional and logistical aspects that help ensure that students get the most of out of their time in Washington, DC. Please note, this webinar is free for all AACN members. If you missed the first webinar “A Civics Refresher for Student Policy Summit Attendees,” you can watch the recording to get additional background on the federal government structure and legislative process. For more information about the Student Policy Summit, visit the summit webpage.


Hill Day Hub: Your Online Advocacy Resource

AACN’s 2019 Spring Advocacy Day will take place on Monday, March 25 during the Deans Annual Meeting and Student Policy Summit. To assist deans and students in their advocacy efforts, we provide a Hill Day “Hub” webpage, which will house AACN’s Congressional requests, a social media tool kit, and additional advocacy materials. Remember to follow us at @AACNPolicy on Twitter and use the hashtag #AACNAdvocate and #AACNSPS2019.

Not joining us in DC? AACN Grassroots Network members will be able to advocate from home via an AACN Action Alert that will be sent on March 25. The message will reiterate the Congressional requests being communicated on Capitol Hill. Every voice counts!


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