[LEGISLATION] H.R. 3723: Viral Hepatitis Testing Act of 2013

H.R. 3723: Viral Hepatitis Testing Act of 2013

To amend the Public Health Service Act to revise and extend the program for viral hepatitis surveillance, education, and testing in order to prevent deaths from chronic liver disease and liver cancer, and for other purposes.

Thank you to the newest Cosponsors.  Please thank your legislators for supporting legislation that YOU believe in.  If they are not listed as Cosponsors, touch base with them and let you know what you support.  Your voice goes a long way towards creating change.

 

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[LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY] Nurses Speak Up About Rape in the Military

In 2012, 3,374 brave men and women in our military reported an incident of sexual assault.

It is estimated that 26,000 sexual assaults happened in our armed services last year.

This means only an abysmal 13% of cases in the military are reported, compared to 40% reported in civilian cases.*

Why the discrepancy?

The issue of reporting in the military is complicated but heightened awareness with skilled professionals and targeted programs will increase the likelihood of reporting.

We believe, sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs) are an integral part of the solution.

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) would establish training requirements for sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE) performing examinations of victims in the military. Introduced by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), these provisions would ensure SANEs be available at every military facility so that victims receive an examination within 24-hours of an assault. ANA along with twelve other health organizations sent a letter to Senator Boxer expressing support for this amendment.

It is time for you to ensure victims of sexual assault have access to safe, quality examinations. Please write your Senator and ask them to include the Boxer amendment today.

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[LEGISLATIVE UPDATE] Palliative Care & Hospice Education Act Move Forward

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[LEGISLATIVE UPDATE]  S. 641: Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act

A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to increase the number of permanent faculty in palliative care at accredited allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, nursing schools, and other programs, to promote education in palliative care and hospice, and to support the development of faculty careers in academic palliative medicine.

New Cosponsor: Sen. Elizabeth Warren [D-MA]

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[LEGISLATIVE UPDATE]  H.R. 1339: Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act

To amend the Public Health Service Act to increase the number of permanent faculty in palliative care at accredited allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, nursing schools, and other programs, to promote education in palliative care and hospice, and to support the development of faculty careers in academic palliative medicine.

New Cosponsor: Rep. Walter Jones [R-NC3]

New Cosponsor: Rep. Paul Tonko [D-NY20]

Thank you to our newest Cosponsors.  Please thank your legislators for supporting legislation that YOU believe in.  If they are not listed as Cosponsors, touch base with them and let you know what you support.  Your voice goes a long way towards creating change.

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[IN THE NEWS] Nurse Practitioners Lobby for Guaranteed Participation in Health Insurance Marketplaces

Nurse practitioners lobby for guaranteed participation in health insurance marketplaces

Nurse practitioners say efforts to expand primary care to millions of Americans under the health law are hampered by insurance industry practices that limit or exclude their participation.

[LEGISLATIVE UPDATE] National Nurse Initiative Gains Steam on Capitol Hill

Today, with the focus on prevention, education, consumer empowerment and engagement as the keys to containing escalating healthcare costs, all eyes are turning to nurses. Why, you ask? Because nurses are the most trusted and largest segment of the healthcare workforce, numbering 3.1 million registered nurses throughout the United States.Image

Currently, there is a growing grassroots effort that will provide leadership and strengthen efforts by nurses in every community to assist in the nationwide paradigm shift to prevention and wellness, which will empower consumers to be active in their care and contain escalating healthcare costs. The National Nurse for Public Health is being spearheaded by The National Nursing Network Organization, a volunteer advocacy group whose members have worked since 2006 to spread the word on the effort and gain support from consumers, healthcare professionals, national organizations and members of Congress.
Last week, I joined a dynamic group of nurses in Washington, D.C., to visit members of the U.S. House of Representative and U.S. Senate to raise awareness and support for H.R.485 the National Nurse Act of 2013. As a team, we visited 75 legislative aides to explain the bill, ask for support and answer questions. The reception was positive and we are hoping to add to the growing number of supporters who have signed on for this important effort.
The Bill has four main components:
  • The bill designates the Chief Nurse Officer position in the United States Public Health Services to be uniquely known as the National Nurse for Public Health. Doing so will make the Chief Nurse a recognizable leader in health promotion and disease prevention, elevate nursing’s influence and prominence, better utilize the expertise of nurses, and serve a vital function in our current climate of health care reform.
  • The bill increases the current Chief Nurse Office position of the United States Public Health Service from part time to full time.
  • The bill ranks the position in parity with the uniformed Chief Nurse Officers who serve on the Federal Nurse Council (Army, Navy, Air Force, and Veterans Administration). Currently the Chief Nurse Office is not the same grade.
  • The bill calls for the Chief Nurse Office of the United States Public Health Services/ National Nurse for Public Health to engage willing nurses, retirees, students, and other health professionals to participate in and replicate successful health promotion programs.
This is the ideal time to make a National Nurse for Public Health a reality. As nurses, case managers and other members of the care coordination team know the numbers of preventable illnesses and chronic diseases with their high rates of complications and exacerbations are costing taxpayers billions of dollars in Medicare and Medicaid expenses. Without more efforts on prevention, these costs will continue to soar at alarming rates. Nurses, who historically have answered the call to respond when needed to avert health crises, are willing to become active advocates for prevention in their local communities. They understand that prevention is cost effective, reduces suffering, and can be implemented when society is determined to make needed changes.
This legislation is aligned with the mission of the Office of the Surgeon General, “promoting, protecting, and advancing the nation’s health” and the National Prevention Strategy.  HR 485 has strong bipartisan support in Congress and has been endorsed by more than 110 national, state and regional organizations, as well as prominent individuals. Four state legislatures have overwhelmingly passed resolutions urging Congress to pass this legislation.
It should be known that there is no duplication of services or cost involved in this Bill. It is simply making the existing position of the Chief Nurse full time and visible. This point is critical for both Democrats and Republicans  in the House and Senate as there is no tolerance for any bills that may be perceived as duplicative or have cost associated with them.

Nurses make key contributions on behalf of the nation’s health each and every day. I ask that you support HR 485 The National Nurse Act of 2013 because it is of critical importance to make sure the voice of nursing continues at the federal policy table, as well as the public arena, especially in our local communities, to help combat the epidemic of chronic preventable conditions that are sweeping our country. Take time today to visit the National Nurse Network websites to gain a better understanding of the Bill and access the tools that will help you be part of this dynamic grassroots movement

[TAKE ACTION] Tell Congress to Fund Critical Nursing Programs!

Tell Congress to Fund Critical Nursing Programs!Image

  • 4,129 fewer nurses and nursing students will be supported by Nursing Workforce Development programs.
  • 1,011 fewer trainees will be in the Advanced Education Nursing and Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship.
  • 978 fewer nurses, nursing students, faculty, and other health professionals delivering care to the elderly, disabled, and chronically ill who are supported by the Title VIII Comprehensive Geriatric Education program. [1]

These numbers are simply too high. In 2004 we worked tirelessly to increase funds for Title VIII, which funds workforce development programs, and we succeeded by getting the largest single year increase of 26% in over 30 years. We cannot go back. The implications are far reaching and would devastate access and quality of care and hinder those nurses who are working to move up in their careers.

On March 6, the United States House of Representatives passed a post-sequestration bill (HR 933) which provides funding for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2013. Unfortunately, Title VIII was cut by $11.7 million below the 2012 funding levels, proposing funding at $219.4 million for FY 2013.This legislation will now be considered in the Senate. Overall funding for Health and Human Services will likely carry on as a Continuing Resolution. It is time to come together and tell Congress to save these critical programs. The 5% cut in sequestration will already impact our work. Tell Congress not to cut any more Title VIII funds in the budget process.

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For more information on the Budget and Sequestration, visit: http://www.rnaction.org/site/PageNavigator/nstat_ndd_sequestration.html

P.S. ANA is committed to making sure that the voice of nursing is heard loud and clear in Washington, DC. Click here to learn more about how ANA Members can affect change in Washington.

[1] Nursing Community. (2013) Sequestration: Examining the Impact on America’s Nursing Workforce. Accessed March 14, 2013 from http://www.nursingworld.org/SequestrationFactsheet.pdf