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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published August 03, 2022

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

Senate Released FY 2023 Spending Bills with Strong Increases for Title VIII and NINR

On July 28, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee released draft Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 spending bills, including the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS-ED) funding Bill, Explanatory Statement, and Summary. We are pleased to see strong increases in the Senate proposal for Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs and the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), as well as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including:

With additional funding for Title VIII and NINR outlined in both the House and Senate LHHS-ED bills, AACN will continue our work to advocate for academic nursing as Congress works to fund these vital programs in the coming fiscal year. Please visit AACN’s Appropriations page for more information and to see the current AACN FY 2023 funding chart.

CMS National Stakeholder Call Outlines Strategic Plan

On July 19, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) held a National Stakeholder Call with Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure. This call provided updates on the CMS Strategic Plan to improve and expand access to high-quality health care. They also reviewed the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, 988, as the new three-digit dialing code.  View a transcript of the National Stakeholder Call. The next National Stakeholder call will be this fall.

AACN Joins Amicus Brief to Support Diversity in Higher Education Admissions

On July 29, AACN joined with 45 other health professional and education organizations in filing an amicus curiae brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the limited consideration of race and ethnicity in admissions. The two cases that relate to this issue include Students for Fair Admission v. Harvard and Students for Fair Admission v. University of North Carolina, which are set to go before the Supreme Court later this year. The filed brief highlights the importance of racial and ethnic diversity in the health professions, including in educational settings, to improve the overall health of the country’s increasingly diverse population. Read the amicus curiae brief here.

Elevate Your Advocacy During the August Recess

As Congress heads into a month-long August district work period, explore AACN’s Guide to Advocacy to learn more about amplifying your voice and connecting with your federal policymakers while they are back home in your state. This updated toolkit showcases ways to connect with your Members of Congress, provides key resources, and allows you to continue your advocacy efforts. Learn more here.

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