2018 News Archive

Nursing Community Coalition Sends Thank You for S. 3729 and H.R. 7258

December 20, 2018

Fifty-two members organizations signed on to letters thanking Members of Congress for introducing the US Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act, which would provide the women who served during World War II honorable discharges and veteran burial benefits.

Read the letter to Senators here.

Read the letter to Representatives here.

Nursing Community Coalition Sends Letter Urging the Passage of Title VIII Reauthorization this Congress

November 15, 2018

Fifty-six NCC member organizations signed onto a letter requesting the Senate pass Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization, as well as, requesting any provisions adding eligible entities to the Title VIII Loan Repayment Program be time-limited and a study be included.

 

Read full letter here

Nursing Community Coalition Sends Thank You Letter on Opioid Legislation

October 18, 2018

Forty-seven organizations signed on to a letter thanking Congressional leaders, committees, and champions for their efforts to have Section 3201, Allowing for more flexibility with respect to medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders, in the final opioid package. This important provision provides permanent authorization for nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe medication-assisted treatments (MATs), and a five-year authorization for the other three APRN roles, to help curb the opioid epidemic. 

Read the letter to Congressional leadership here.

Read the letters to the House and Senate Committees.

Read the letter to Senators Makey (D-MA), Paul (R-KY), Hassan (D-NH), and Collins (R-ME)

Read the letter to Representatives Tonko (D-NY) and Lujan (D-NM).

Nursing Community Coalition Sends Letter to Appropriators

October 11, 2018

The Nursing Community Coalition sent a letter thanking appropriators for providing level funding ($249.472 million) for the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs and $162.992 million (a 3.16% increase) for the National Institute of Nursing Research. The Coalition remains committed to working with appropriators to see that continued, increased investments are made to support our nation's nursing workforce and research. 

Read the full letter here.

Nursing Community Coalition Sends Letter to Opioid Conferees

September 18, 2018

Forty-seven members of the Nursing Community Coalition signed on to a letter, sent to Congressional Leadership and the committees of jurisdiction, urging the inclusion of Section 3003 of H.R. 6 in any final opioid package. This provision would permanently authorize nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe Medication-Assisted Treatments (MATs) and would provide a five-year authorization for certified registered nurse anesthetists, certified nurse-midwives, and clinical nurse specialists to do so as well.

Read the full letter here.

Nursing Community Coalition Sends Letter to Appropriators

September 7, 2018

Fifty-one organizations signed on to a letter sent to the Members of the LHHS-ED and Defense Appropriations Conference Committee requesting they support at least the Senate's recommended levels of $249.472 million for the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs and $163.076 for the National Institute of Nursing Research.

Read the full letter here.

Nursing Community Coalition Sends Letter to VA Secretary Wilkie

August 30, 2018

Forty-four organizations signed on to a letter welcoming Robert Wilkie as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The letter also includes language surrounding the coalition’s position on the recent VA rule which allows APRNs to practice to the full extent of their education and clinical training which excluded certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs). The coalition hopes to work with the VA to change this rule to give CRNAs parity with the other APRN groups and allow them to provide care within VA facilities to the full extent of their clinical training.

Read the full letter here.

Nursing Community Coalition Sends Letter to HHS Secretary Azar

August 29, 2018

The Nursing Community Coalition sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar applauding his remarks on the need to examine scope of practice laws in order to evaluate state and local regulations that restrict APRN practice authority. The letter additionally requested a meeting with officials from HHS to discus scope of practice issues further.

Read the full letter here.

Nursing Community Coalition Sends Request to Senate Leaders on Opioid Package

August 24, 2018

Forty-six organizations signed on to a letter urging for the inclusion of Section 3003, Allowing for More Flexibility with Respect to Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders, of the House-passed SUPPORT for Families and Communities Act (H.R. 6), in any final Senate opioid package. Section 3003 of H.R. 6 provides a permanent authorization for nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe Medication-Assisted Treatments (MATs) to those suffering from opioid addictions and creates a five-year authorization for the other three APRN groups (certified registered nurse anesthetists, certified nurse midwives, and clinical nurse specialists) to do the same.

Read the full letter here.

Nursing Community Coalition Thanks Senators for Amendment that Would Increase Funding for Title VIII

August 24, 2018

The Nursing Community Coalition thanked Senator Merkley for introducing an amendment to the Senate LHHS-ED Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2019 that would increase spending for the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs. Senators Duckworth, Booker, Menendez, Kaine, and Van Hollen were also thanked for their support and commitment to advancing nursing education.

Read the full letter here.

Nursing Community Coalition Release Statement on Passage of HR 959

July 23, 2018

The Nursing Community Coalition released a statement commending the unanimous passage of the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act in the House of Representatives via a voice vote under suspension of the rules. The statement thanks Representative David Joyce (R-OH), as well as original cosponsors Representatives Doris Matsui (D-CA), Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), and Kathy Castor (D-FL) for their unwavering commitment to the nursing profession.

Read the full statement here.

Nursing Community Coalition Releases Statement on House Energy and Commerce Markup

July 12, 2018

The Nursing Community Coalition released a statement applauding the House Energy and Commerce Committee's markup of H.R. 959, the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act. This was a major step to move legislation that will help ensure communities have increased access to nursing care. The Committee advanced H.R. 959 out of the committee by a voice vote; it now awaits a vote on the House floor.

Read the full statement.

Nursing Community Coalition Sends Thank You Letter to Representatives Tonko and Lujan

July 9, 2018

Forty-six organizations signed onto a letter sent to Representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), the original cosponsors of the Addiction Treatment Access Improvement Act, thanking them for their efforts to ensure Section 303 was included in the final version of H.R. 6. 

Read the full letter here.

Nursing Community Coalition Sends Thank You Letter to Dr. Patricia Grady

July 9, 2018

All 60 NCC organizations signed on to a letter thanking Dr. Patricia Grady for her over 20 years of service as Director of the National Institute of Nursing Research.

Read the letter here.

Nursing Community Coalition Releases Statement on H.R. 959 Markup

June 27, 2018

The Nursing Community Coalition released a statement today thanking the House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Health Chairman Michael Burgess (R-TX) and Ranking Member Gene Green (D-TX) for their efforts to move the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act (H.R. 959) forward. H.R. 959 was approved by the subcommittee on a voice vote.The NCC has worked closely with the House Nursing Caucus, as well as the sponsor and original cosponsors of H.R. 959 to advance this legislation. 

Read the full statement here.

Nursing Community Coalition Sends Letter to Department of Homeland Security

June 19, 2018

Thirty-three organizations signed on to a letter imploring the Department of Homeland Security, and the Administration, to protect the health and wellness of immigrant children because at the core of the nursing profession is a commitment to protecting vulnerable populations.

Read the full letter here.

Nursing Community Coalition Sends Letter to House Energy & Commerce and House Ways & Means Committees

June 19, 2018

Forty-six organizations signed on to a letter thanking Representatives for their inclusion of Section 303, Allowing for More Flexibility with Respect to Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders, in the SUPPORT for Families and Communities Act (H.R. 6). This section amends the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 823 (g)(2)(G)) to permanently authorize Nurse Practitioners and to provide a five-year authorization for Clinical Nurse Specialists, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, and Certified Nurse-Midwives to prescribe Medication Assisted Treatments which will greatly expand access to patients suffering from opioid addictions.

Read the full letter here.

Nursing Community Coalition Submits Letter to Senate HELP

June 1, 2018

Fifty-one organizations signed on to a letter submitted to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee thanking them for hosting a hearing titled "The Healthcare Workforce: Addressing Shortages and Improving Care" on May  22, 2018. The hearing discussed the impacts and successes of the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs.

Read the full letter here.

Nursing Community Coalition Submits Testimony to Senate Appropriations Committee

June 1, 2018

Fifty six organizations signed on to written testimony submitted to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. The testimony featured the coalition's funding requests of $266 million for the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs and $170 million for the National Institute for Nursing Research for Fiscal Year 2019.

Read the full letter here.

Nursing Community Coalition Sends Letter to House Energy and Commerce and Senate HELP Committees

May 14, 2018

Fifty-one members signed on to a letter sent to the House Energy and Commerce as well as the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committees expressing the coalition's commitment to the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act (H.R. 959/S. 1109). The letter reiterated that this legislation remains the coalition's top legislative priority.

Read the House letter here.

Read the Senate letter here.

Nursing Community Coalition Sends Letter on National Nurses Week

May 8, 2018

All 59 member organizations signed on to a letter addressed to all members of Congress and their dedicated staff to celebrate National Nurses Week and to thank them for their continued collaboration with the coalition. Held annually from May 6-12, this year's Nurses Week aligns with the coalition's 10th Anniversary.

Read the full letter here.

Nursing Community Coalition Submits Testimony to House Appropriations Committee

April 26, 2018

Fifty six organizations signed on to written testimony submitted to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. The testimony featured the coalition's funding requests of $266 million for the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs and $170 million for the National Institute for Nursing Research for Fiscal Year 2019.

Read the full letter here.

Nursing Community Coalition Sends Letter to House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health

April 24, 2018

Forty one organizations signed on to a letter sent to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health regarding their markup of opioid legislation. The letter requested the Subcommittee support the inclusion of the Addiction Treatment Access Improvement Act (H.R. 3692) in their final opioid package.

Read the full letter here.

Nursing Community Coalition Sends Letter to Senators on CARA 2.0

April 24, 2018

Forty one organizations signed on to a letter to Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN),  Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) thanking them for introducing the CARA 2.0 Act of 2018. Section 7.0 would create a permanent solution so that all APRNs would be able to use their clinical training to combat the opioid crisis.

Read the full letter here.

Nursing Community Coalition Sends Letter to Representative Nita Lowey on H.R. 1168

April 24, 2018

Forty-five organizations signed on to a letter to Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY) thanking her for introducing the United States Nurse Corps Equity Act (H.R. 1168). This legislation would provide recognition to the nurses who served as members of the United States Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II.

Read the full letter here.

Nursing Community Coalition Sends Letter to Office of the National Coordinator

April 19, 2018

Forty one Nursing Community Coalition members signed on to a letter sent to Dr. Donald Rucker, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, requesting the appointment of a new Chief Nursing Officer to represent the nursing voice at the Office of the National Coordinator. 

Read the full letter here.

Nursing Community Submits Funding Request for FY 2019

April 12, 2018

Fifty six nursing organizations signed on to a funding request to the Senate Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education for Fiscal Year 2019. The coalition requests $266 million for the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs and $170 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research. 

Read the Senate letter here.

Read the House letter here.

Nursing Community Coalition Submits Comments on Draft of The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018

April 11, 2018

Forty organizations signed on to comments submitted to Senate HELP Committee Chairman, Lamar Alexander (R-TN), on the draft of The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018. Citing the coalition's previous support of similar legislation, the comments request that this bill include provisions to allow all APRNs to provide Medication Assisted Treatment when treating patients with opioid addictions. 

Read the full comments here.

Nursing Community Coalition Releases Statement on Consolidated Appropriations Act

March 22, 2018

The Nursing Community Coalition released a statement commending the increased investments to nursing education and research proposed in the Consolidated Appropriations Act. If passed, this would finalize funding for Fiscal Year 2018 and provide $249 million for the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs and $158 for the National Institute of Nursing Research.

Read the full statement here.

Nursing Community Coalition Sends Letter to Representative Murphy

March 22, 2018

Forty-six Nursing Community Coalition members signed on to a letter thanking Representative Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) for introducing the Gun Violence Research Act (H. R. 1478). This legislation would prevent limitations from being imposed upon the Department of Health and Human Services, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to promote evidence-based research that examines the causes of gun violence and identifies methods to reduce gun-related fatalities and injuries.

Read the full letter here.

Nursing Community Coalition Statement on President's FY 2019 Budget Proposal

February 13, 2018

The Nursing Community Coalition released a statement expressing concern over proposed cuts to Title VIII and NINR funding in the President's FY 2019 Budget Proposal. In the statement, the coalition also commended the President's commitment to combating the opioid crisis.

Read the full statement here.

Nursing Community Coalition Sends Thank You Letter to Senators

January 30, 2018

Forty Nursing Community Coalition organizations signed on to a letter thanking Senators Ed Markey, Rand Paul, Maggie Hassan, and Susan Collins for introducing the Addiction Treatment Access Improvement Act of 2018 (S. 2317). This legislation seeks to broaden the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 823 (g)(2)(G)) to allow all APRNs to use their clinical training and expertise to provide care to those suffering from opioid addictions.

Read the full letter here.

Nursing Community Coalition Sends Letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar

January 30, 2018

The Nursing Community Coalition sent a letter to newly appointed HHS Secretary Alex Azar committing to work with him in his new role and provide HHS a nursing lens to improve the nation's healthcare system.

Read the full letter here.

Nursing Community Coalition Sends Letters on Title VIII

January 16, 2018

Fifty-one organizations signed on to a letter sent by the Nursing Community Coalition to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee (and its Subcommittee on Health) and the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee urging them to make the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017 (HR 959 and S 1109, respectively) a priority during the second session of the 115th Congress. 

Read the full letter to the House here.

Read the full letter to the Senate here.

Nursing Community Coalition Sends Letter Regarding FY2018

January 3, 2018

The Nursing Community Coalition sent a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees urging them to fund each of the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs and the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) in Fiscal Year 2018 with at least the levels proposed by the Senate's Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee bill totaling $234.472 million for Title VIII programs and $155.210 million for NINR in FY 2018.

Read the full letter here.

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