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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published July 20, 2022

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

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Goes Live

On July 18, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services held a briefing on the transition of the ten-digit suicide prevention lifeline to the three-digit number, 988. The number officially launched July 16 and is available to any individual experiencing mental health related distress. Individuals can also call 988 if they are worried about a loved ones who may need support. This transition is a large step in advancing mental health care in the United States. As mentioned in the briefing, “Hope has a new number, and it’s 988.” To learn more, click here.   

AACN Attends The Hill’s Future of Health Care Summit

On July 19, AACN attended The Hill’s Future of Health Care Summit for a comprehensive discussion on the current state of health care and what lies ahead. The event featured conversations with several health and policy experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, the Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, among others. Topics discussed included innovative biotechnologies, health equity, reproductive and maternal health, vaccine development, and future pandemic-preparedness. To view a recording of the event, click here.

U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Recognized in the House-Passed National Defense Authorization Act

On July 14, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R.7900), which included a provision to honor the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), who is the original cosponsor of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act (H.R.2568), introduced the amendment. This amendment calls for Congress to recognize a, “Sense of Congress that women who served in the Cadet Nurse Corps honorably stepped up for their country during its time of need in World War II and significantly contributed to the war effort and the safety and security of the nation.” AACN has long supported ongoing efforts to ensure that members of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps receive the recognition they deserve, and we will continue to monitor as this process remains ongoing. To read the amendment, click here.

The Department of Health and Human Services Extends COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Declaration

On July 15, the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, renewed the COVID-19 public health emergency declaration. This action provides another 90-day extension of the emergency designation that has been in effect since January 31, 2020. To read the full announcement, click here.

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