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May 31, 2023

Deal Reached: Congress Considering the Debt Ceiling Compromise

Yesterday, the House Rules Committee advanced the Fiscal Responsibility Act (H.R.3746) by a narrow margin of 7-6, bringing this bill to the House floor for a full vote as early as today. The Fiscal Responsibility Act is the compromise reached by both the Biden Administration, Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy (R-CA-20), and other Congressional leaders to raise the debt ceiling. AACN is closely monitoring details regarding nursing education and will provide a full update once the bill has passed.

Reminder: Flexibilities to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Ending Soon

As part of the end of the public health emergency, the Department of Education announced the sunset of flexibilities to access the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This change occurs as Congress considers a debt ceiling package that also looks at SNAP funding. AACN recognizes how important SNAP is to some of our nursing students and their families and signed onto the American Council on Education (ACE) coalition letter urging the streamline of SNAP’s eligibility requirements to make these benefits more accessible. To read the Department of Education memorandum outlining changes to various changes to SNAP eligibility requirements post-pandemic,  click here. To learn more about SNAP in your state, click here.

AACN Attends the Healthy People 2030 Webinar on Chronic Pain

On May 23, AACN attended the “Healthy People 2030 Spotlight on Health Webinar: Best Practices in Pain Care,” hosted by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP). Experts from the ODPHP, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Society for Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN), and other authorities discussed chronic pain and, more specifically, noninvasive and nonpharmacological treatments. The President-Elect of ASPMN, June Oliver, MSN, CCNS, APRN/CNS, provided her insights as a nurse in holistic care to patients with chronic pain. For more information on the webinar, click here. To view Healthy People 2030 website on chronic pain, click here.