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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published July 06, 2022

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

House Appropriations Committee Advanced Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Spending Bill

On June 30, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS-ED) funding bill by a vote of 32-24. The House bill proposes significant increases to Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs and the National Institute of Nursing Research, including:

The House LHHS-ED Committee Report also acknowledges the impact COVID-19 has had on our nation’s nursing workforce. This report outlines maternal and perinatal care investments, including under the Title VIII programs. This bill further supports mental health and higher education priorities. The House is currently expected to take up appropriation bills this month. AACN will continue to monitor as this process remains ongoing. For more information, see AACN’s FY 2023 Appropriations Funding Chart.

House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Focuses on Public Health Legislation

On June 28, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing titled, "Investing in Public Health: Legislation to Support Patients, Workers, and Research.” Throughout this discussion, the Subcommittee reviewed various bills related to rural health, supporting maternal health at NIH, biomedical research, and other workforce-related efforts. This is an ongoing conversation as Congress looks to address the public health needs of our nation. View the hearing here.

HHS Announces $10 Million for Rural Communities in Response to Opioid Overdoses

On June 17, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the availability of $10 million for rural communities to expand treatment efforts in response to fentanyl and other opioid overdoses. Rural communities have limited access and workforce. This funding will provide new treatment access efforts, which connect individuals to the care they need. This includes helping advance the medication-assisted treatments combined with behavioral therapies, which will provide a “whole-patient” approach to treating substance misuse. Learn more

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