Fiscal Year 2013 Appropriations
On February 28, 2013, the Nursing Community sent a letter to the House and Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee on Appropriations requesting that full funding be preserved for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Nursing Workforce Development programs in Fiscal Year 2013.
On July 30, 2012, the Nursing Community submitted a letter to the House Appropriations Committee expressing grave concern for cuts proposed to nursing and healthcare programs in the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (LHHS-ED) and Related Agencies FY 2013 spending bill. The House's full committee mark-up has been postponed indefinitely; however, the Nursing Community urges House appropriators to vote "no" on the LHHS-ED bill should it come before the committee or the House floor.
On June 12, 2012, the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS-ED) Appropriations bill included level funding ($231.099 million) for the Nursing Workforce Development programs (Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act). While the Nursing Community requested $251 million for Title VIII in FY 2013, it is clear the Subcommittee members protected nursing education in this extremely tight fiscal climate.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) received a total of $30.723 billion, which is a $100 million increase over FY 2012. This is 0.33% more than the President’s recommendation for FY 2013. Within the NIH budget, the Subcommittee provided the National Institute of Nursing Research $144.590 million, which is a slight increase from FY 2012 ($144.579 million).
On June 8, the NC submitted a letter to the Senate LHHS-ED Appropriations Subcommittee reiterating the importance of strong federal support for Title VIII, NINR, and NMHCs in FY 2013.
The original request was sent on March 29, 2012.
On April 27, the NC submitted testimony to the Senate outlining the same priorities for Title VIII, NINR, and NMHCs as requested of the House.
On March 29, 2012, the NC submitted its testimony to the House of Representatives regarding continued federal investment for nursing education, research, and practice for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013. The Nursing Community requested that Congress support the Nursing Workforce Development programs (Title VIII, Public Health Service Act) at the President’s budget request of $251 million. These dollars directly support the education and training of the nursing workforce, as well as nurse faculty. The NC expressed that robust funding for these programs will help ensure this demand is met.
The NC supports the advancement of nursing science through strong investments in the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) and is requesting $150 million in funding for NINR in FY 2013 to expand both the number and longevity of NINR-funded initiatives. Additionally, the NC asked Congress to support the Nurse-Managed Health Clinics (NMHCs) at a level of $20 million. NMHCs are run by advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and serve as training sites for nurses and other health professionals. NMHCs help increase the number of APRNs entering the workforce and promote interdisciplinary care.
The Nursing Community sent a letter detailing our Fiscal Year 2013 appropriations requests to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.
On February 13, 2012, the Obama Administration continued its investment in the nursing workforce through the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 budget. Among the funding recommendations for the Department of Health and Human Services, the President proposed $251.099 million for the Nursing Workforce Development Programs, which support the preparation of entry-level nurses, advanced clinicians, and nurse faculty. Given the rising demand for nursing care, the proposed increase of $20 million for nursing education demonstrates clear recognition of the important role nurses play in our healthcare system. The Nursing Community sent a letter to the President thanking him for this support.
In the FY 2013 budget proposal, the President is calling for a slight decrease in funding for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) for a total of $144 million.
The Nursing Community sent a letter urging the President continue to support nursing programs in FY 2013.