#ANAHillDay

  

With June officially underway, that means one thing: 2021 Hill Day and ANA’s annual Membership Assembly – ANA’s highest decision-making body – has begun!

There are meetings, events, and dialogue forums all month long for ANA’s constituent/state nurse’s associations voting representatives, organizational affiliates and other select invitees to attend. And in the Policy and Government Affairs world –Hill Day and our main call to action is the capstone event where staff capitalized on the virtual environment this year and opened the event up to all ANA members (registration has officially closed since we hit our max capacity of 500 participants).

It kicks off on June 8 with the Hill Day briefing. For those registered participants, attendance to this briefing is required to receive Continuing Education credits and to attend Hill Day on June 10, so make sure it is on your calendar. During the briefing, you will hear from several speakers as they discuss the issues we will be advocating for, how to conduct a virtual meeting, checking in with your groups, and remarks by ANA President, Dr. Ernest Grant, and this year’s Congressional keynote speaker, Representative Rodney Davis from Illinois. You will receive a lot of information but there is also the chance to ask questions during the briefing, as well as during and after your breakout session.

This year’s Hill Day is on Thursday, June 10. As of the posting of this blog, there are 530 participants and all 50 states will be represented! There are over 300 meetings already scheduled in the House of Representatives and Senate and that number continues to climb.

In advance of the June 8 briefing and your meetings on June 10, ANA will provide the issue briefs regarding the three legislative issues you will be advocating on this year. You can also go to the Membership Assembly portal and download these and other important resources. In short, here are the three bills for this year’s Hill Day:

S. 308/H.R. 1436 – Protecting Providers Everywhere in America (PPE in America Act). This legislation will boost domestic PPE production and promote a more sustainable supply chain by ensuring more predictable, dedicated funding from the Strategic National Stockpile to American manufacturers of PPE.

S. xxx/H.R. 1195 – Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act. This legislation will require the U.S. Department of Labor to establish needed protections from workplace violence in the health care and social services sectors.

S. 1512/H.R. 2903 – Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act. This legislation will continue the expanded use of telehealth services to deliver cost effective and efficient care to patients.

Overall, we are excited for you to connect with your Members of Congress and their staff again this year – albeit virtually. Share your stories and what you have experienced over the last year – they certainly want to hear them!

Last, but not least, if you are unable to attend Hill Day or missed the cutoff, you still can communicate with your Member of Congress on the PPE in America Act. Please make your voice heard today and help get this important legislative priority passed!

We’ll see those attending this week and for those completing the call to action, make sure you share it on social using #ANAHillDay on Twitter or Facebook.

A Fresh Look and New Feature on ANA’s Advocacy Landing Page

  

With all that is going on in our everyday lives, sometimes it is nice to have something that can be summarized as “one stop shopping.”

Many of you have visited ANA’s Advocacy page where you may have found it challenging to find what you were looking for or may not have realized all of the areas impacted by the Policy and Government Affairs team. You can now, more easily than ever, navigate to federal, state, and regulatory policy, the ANA-PAC, COVID-19 resources, and so much more. All of this information is provided with a fresh new and engaging look.

But the updates don’t stop there! In addition, we are very excited to have a new feature implemented: Latest News. This section will be used to give a quick snapshot of what is the newest and latest coming out of Washington. We will be posting information about regulations and policies coming out of agencies and keeping you up-to-date with what the House, Senate, and White House are working on.

We hope you find this useful as you stay informed with how ANA is working for you and what is happening in Washington that impacts your patients or your profession.

The page can be found here and we hope you continue to utilize the resources that are posted and we always welcome your feedback!

House LHHS-ED Appropriations Committee Recognizes Nursing Priorities in Legislation

  

Each spring starts the annual appropriations process in the U.S. House and Senate. Both the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committees have 12 subcommittees that are tasked with compiling legislative bills that provides funding for operations, personnel, equipment, and activities.  

ANA monitors the entire appropriations process and advocates for nursing priorities to be inserted into the Labor Health and Human Services (LHHS-ED) legislation. The LHHS-ED Subcommittee has jurisdiction under the following: the U.S. Department of Education; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; the U.S. Department of Labor; and many related agencies.

The House LHHS-ED released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Report and the Full Committee Markup is this week. Upon reviewing the information, ANA was pleased to see several items, including:

  • $10 million increase to Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs for a total of almost $270 million. 
  • $1.454 million increase to National Institute of Nursing Research for a total of $170.567 million in FY 2021.  
  • In January 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) committed to developing and issuing a workplace violence standard, but the agency has not yet completed a required small business review, and there is no estimated date for the issuance of a proposed or final rule. The Committee believes issuing a workplace violence standard to protect workers in health care and social services should be a top priority for the Department of Labor. It has required for OSHA to report to Congress on its progress within 90 days of passage of the appropriations legislation.
  • The Committee provides $5 million to make grants to establish or expand optional community-based nurse practitioner fellowship programs that are accredited for practicing postgraduate nurse practitioner in primary care or behavioral health.  
  • The Committee included $41.7 million for the Mental and Substance Use Disorder Workforce Training Demonstration program – a $15 million increase. This program supports training for medical residents and fellows in psychiatry and addiction medicine, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and others, to provide SUD treatment in underserved communities. It includes an additional $15,000,000 for new grants to expand the number of nurse practitioners, physician assistants, health service psychologists, and social workers trained to provide mental and substance use disorder services in underserved community-based settings 
  • The Committee asked the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), with the Department of Education, develop a standard for providing all school-based teachers and nurses with suicide prevention training to treat mental health challenges experienced by younger Americans.  
  • Provides funding to strengthen Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). This program provides grants to specified colleges and universities making a substantial contribution to graduate education opportunities at the Master’s level in mathematics, engineering, the physical or natural sciences, computer science, information technology, nursing, allied health, or other scientific disciplines.  
  • $2 million dollar increase is included for the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), for a total of $16.169 million in both the Center for Mental Heath Services and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. The MFP aims to improve behavioral health care outcomes for racial and ethnic populations by growing the number of racial and ethnic minorities in the nation’s behavioral health workforce. The program also seeks to train and better prepare behavioral health practitioners to more effectively treat and serve people of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

As appropriations work continues in the U.S. House and Senate this summer, ANA Government Affairs staff will continue to monitor its progress and will keep you updated.