APNA Advocacy

APNA actively supports health care reform. To do so, we work with and through a number of coalitions.   Please explore the links below to learn how we are involved.

Issue Statements

2017  |  2016  |  2015  |  2014  |  2013 2012

Coalitions

2017
2/17 Nursing organizations' letter in support of high quality affordable healthcare to the 45th President, sent to the Trump Administration and Congress. 1/17 Nursing Community introductory letter to the 115th Congress, sent to the House of Representatives. 1/17 Nursing Community introductory letter to the 115th Congress, sent to the Senate.
     
1/17 Nursing Community letter regarding the final rule from the VA on APRN scope of practice, sent to the Department of Veterans Affairs.    
   
 
2016
10/16 Nursing Community letter reiterating request for support of Nursing Workforce Development Programs and the National Institute of Nursing Research, sent to the Senate Committee on Appropriations and the Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Committee. 10/16 Nursing Community letter reiterating request for support of Nursing Workforce Development Programs and the National Institute of Nursing Research, sent to the House Committee on Appropriations and the Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Committee. 7/16 Nursing Community letter on VHA Proposed Rule to allow APRNs full practice authority, sent to Secretary McDonald and the Director of the US Department of Veterans Affairs Regulations Management
     
7/16 Support Letter on Maria N. Ruud's, DNP, APRN, CNP application to the National Advisory Committee on the Trafficking of Children and Youth in the United States, sent to the Office on Trafficking in Persons. 5/16 Nursing Community letter on Nurses Week, sent to all House and Senate Congressional offices.  
 
     
2015
11/15 Nursing Community letter urging 302(b) allocation to Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, to Representatives Rogers and Lowey and Senators Cochran and Mikulski. 10/15 Nursing Community letter supporting the Veterans Health Care Staffing Improvement Act, to Representative DeFazio. 10/15 Nursing Community letter supporting the Veterans Health Care Staffing Improvement Act, to Senator Merkley.
     
8/15 Nursing Community letter supporting the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2015, to Representative Thompson. 8/15 Nursing Community Letter to Senators Hatch and Wyden in support of Mary Wakefield's nomination as Deputy Secretary of HHS. 8/15 Nursing Community Letter to Senator Merkeley thanking him for his amendment that proposed restoration of funding for Nursing Workforce Development Programs.
     
08/15 Mental Health Liaison Group letter supporting the Mental Health Awareness and Improvement Act of 2015, to Senators Alexander and Murray. 05/15 Mental Health Liaison Group letter supporting the Garrett Lee Smith Act Reauthorization, to Senators Reed and Murkowski. 04/15 Congratulatory letter to Mary Wakefield on her appointment as Acting Deputy Secretary of HHS.
     
04/15 Nursing Community Testimony for Fiscal Year 2016 to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. 03/15 Mental Health Liaison Group letter to Representatives Jolly and Davis in support of the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act Reauthorization (H.R. 938) 03/15 Nursing Community Letters to Senators Moran, Tester and Thune on the introduction of the Protecting Access to Rural Therapy Services (PARTS) Act (S. 257).
     
03/15 Letter to House and Senate LHHS-ED Appropriations Subcommittee on FY 2016 appropriations for Nursing Workforce Development Programs and National Institute of Nursing Research. 02/15 Thank you to Marilyn Tavenner for serving as Administrator of CMS. 02/15 Nursing Community Letter to Senators Collins and Schumer in support of the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2015.
     
02/15 Mental Health Liaison Group letters to Congress and President in support of FY2016 Budget proposal that eliminates the Medicare 190-day lifetime limit for psychiatric hospital care. 01/15 Congratulations to nurse and Major General Wilmouth on confirmation as Major General of the US Army Reserves. 01/15 Nursing Community Introductory Letter to Representatives in the 114th Congress.
     
01/15 Nursing Community Introductory  Letter to Senators in the 114th Congress.    
   
     
2014
11/14 Congratulations to Dr. Linda Spoonster Schwartz on confirmation as VA Assistant Secretary for Policy & Planning 11/14 Letter in support of Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2014 (HR 5380)  
 
     
11/14 Letter to House and Senate LHHS-ED Appropriations Subcommittees on FY 2015 appropriations for Nursing Workforce Development Programs and National Institute of Nursing Research. 09/14 Letter to Senator Murray in support of the Ensuring Access to Primary Care for Women & Children Act
(S. 2694)
09/14 Letter to Senator Brown in support of Ensuring Access to Primary Care for Women & Children Act
(S. 2694)
     
09/14 response to Proposed Rule for Medicare Program - Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule for CY 2015 08/14 Comments on Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule, Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule, Access to Identifiable Data for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Models & Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2015 07/14 letter supporting Emergency Medical Services for Children Reauthorization Act of 2014, from the Nursing Community.
     
07/14 Letter supporting nomination of Robert McDonald as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), from the Nursing Community. 07/14 Nursing Community congratulations to Secretary Burwell, who was recently appointed as Secretary of Dept. of Health and Human Services. 06/14 letter to the Veteran's Administration, urging them to move forward with updating the VHA Nursing Handbook.
     
06/14 letter to Secretary Sebelius, thanking her for her service as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services 06/14 letter to the VA supporting their work to modernize the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) Nursing Handbook, from APNA. 04/14 letter to Senate Appropriations
Nursing Community letter requesting funding for HRSA Nursing Workforce Development Programs in the 2015 appropriations bill.
     
03/14 letter in support of H.R. 3833, which eliminates provision in the ACA requiring physicians to document the face to face encounters of NPs, CNS, and PAs when ordering certain DME for Medicare patients 03/14 letter to House Appropriations
Nursing Community letter requesting funding for HRSA Nursing Workforce Development Programs in the 2015 appropriations bill.
02/14 letter in support of Surgeon General nomination
Nursing Community letter in support of Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy’s nomination as Surgeon General of the United States.
     
02/14 letter to former CNO of USPHS
Nursing Community letter thanking RADM Nesseler for her service as the Chief Nursing Officer of the US Public Health Service.
02/14 petition re: VHA proposed Nursing Handbook revision
Requests that representatives refrain from signing a letter expressing concerns with a proposed modification to the VHA’s Nursing Handbook which would give APRNs full scope of practice.
02/14 letter re: New CNO of the USPHS
Nursing Community congratulations to Rear Admiral Trent Adams on her appointment as Chief Nursing Officer of the US Public Health Service.
     
2013
08/13 letter to Conference Budget Committee re: FY 2014 Budget
49 organizations, including APNA, wrote to ask that investments in nursing education and research programs be protected from further cuts in FY 2014 and in the future.
07/13 letter re: Home Healthcare Planning Improvement Act
From the Nursing Community, APNA signed on to four letters supporting the act.
06/13 letter of congratulations to Marilyn Tavenner re: her appointment as the new administrator of CMS
     
05/13 Autism National Committee letter to Rep. Kline and Miller re: 200 National, State, and Local Organizations Ask Congress to Protect Schoolchildren from Dangerous Restraint & Seclusion and Pass the Keeping All Students Safe Act
04/13 Autism National Committee letter to Rep. Kline and Miller re: Keeping All Students Safe Act
04/13 Nursing Community letter to Sen. Murray re: Children's Trauma Recovery Act
     
03/13 Nursing Community letter to President Obama re: FY2014 budget and the Nursing Workforce Development programs and the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
03/13 Nursing Community testimony to House LHHS re: FY 2014 appropriations, the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs and the NINR.
03/13 Nursing Workforce Development Programs Brochure which is distributed during Nursing Community Hill visits.
     
03/13 Nursing Community letter to Government Accountability Office re: Reappointment of Dr. Naylor to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and additional candidates for new commission appointments.
02/13 Nursing Community letter to House re: FY 2013 Appropriations for the Nursing Workforce Development programs and the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
02/13 Nursing Community welcome letter to new Co-Chair of House Nursing Caucus
     
01/13 Mental Health Liaison Group letter to President Obama re: his response to the Newtown Tragedy    
   
     
2012
10/12 comments re: CMS' preliminary recommendations of the Hospital Outpatient Payment Panel on supervision for select services
09/12 letter to Congress re: the Keeping All Students Safe Act
04/12 Testimony of the Nursing Community re: Fiscal Year 2013 Appropriations
     
03/12 Nursing Community testimony to the Senate re: FY 2013 Appropriations
03/12 Nursing Community Testimony to House Appropriations Subcommittee re: FY 2013 Appropriations
03/12 letter re: FY 2013 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (LHHS-ED) and Related Agencies Appropriations bill
     
03/12 letter to President Obama re: FY 2013 LHHS-ED and Related Agencies Appropriations bill
   
   
     
 
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