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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published April 06, 2022

American Association of College of Nursing - Washington Weekly - Your Inside Track to Federal Policy

Congressional Conversations on Mental Health

In the last two weeks, AACN attended multiple Congressional hearings on rising mental health concerns throughout the nation, including:

  • On March 23, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing titled, Strengthening Federal Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Programs: Opportunities, Challenges, and Emerging Issues. Panelists highlighted the importance of funding for federal programs that support mental health for patients and providers. Click here to view the hearing
     
  • On March 29, the Senate Finance Committee released a bipartisan report on mental health care in America. The report highlights current issues, such as accessing quality mental health care, and outlines crucial next steps in ending the mental health crisis in the United States. Click here to view the full report.
     
  • On March 30, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing titled, Behavioral Health Care When Americans Need It: Ensuring Parity and Care Integration. Panelists highlighted the importance and need of accessing timely, high-quality care and creating innovative solutions for mental health care for all. Click here to view the hearing.
     
  • On April 5, the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing titled, Communities in Need: Legislation to Support Mental Health and Well-Being. This hearing focused on how current legislation can help support the mental health crisis faced by children, adolescents, and adults across the country. Witnesses addressed the ongoing mental health crisis, including how social determinants of health disproportionately impact different populations. Click here to view the hearing.

Apply Today for the National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program

The National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program (NHSC-SP) application cycle is now open! The deadline to apply is May 5, 2022, by 7:30 pm (ET). The NHSC-SP awards scholarships to nurse practitioner and nurse midwives students who are pursuing eligible primary care health professions education. For more information on NHSC-SP and eligibility requirements, click here or watch a recording of the webinar here. For further information, Q&A sessions will be hosted on April 13 and April 26 from 10:00 am-5:00 pm (ET).  Click here to apply.

President Signs Executive Order on Access to Health Coverage

On April 5, President Biden signed an Executive Order instructing federal agencies to continue doing everything in their power to expand affordability and quality of health coverage. This comes as the Administration recognizes the 12th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. Click here to read the Executive Order.

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