Policy & Advocacy

The Academy serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. Fellows leverage their expertise to provide the critical knowledge, and analysis, summary, and integration for transforming health policy and practice. The Academy advances evidence based innovations in health care delivery to address the health needs of populations, including diverse, at-risk, and disenfranchised populations.

In 2006, the Academy established a Washington, DC, office in keeping with the Academy's strategic goals and recognizing the pivotal role of public policy in reforming American health care. The Washington office is the focal point for identifying key policy issues in which the Academy can mobilize its Fellows along with strategic partner organizations to support the Academy's policy agenda and affect change.

Outreach to policymakers in Congress and the Administration and collaboration with key national stakeholders shape policy and ensures that nurses' solutions are integrated into a quality health care system. 

Academy Letters & Testimony on Key Policy Issues

2017 

  • December 15: The Academy is joining with 40 members of the Nursing Community Coalition in cosigning a statement reinforcing the focus on the patient in response to the AMA's House of Delegates Interim Meeting at which the delegates adopted an amended resolution to urge the AMA to convene an in-person meeting of stakeholders to initiate a national strategy to address the APRN Compact. The Nursing Community's statement noted that the AMA's action has the potential to impede access to care by qualified providers and complicates aspects of an interprofessional, team-based approach. (Read the statement.) 
  • September 25: The Academy was pleased to join the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Health Law Program, the National Partnership for Women & Families, and 233 other organizations urging the Senate to oppose the Graham-Cassidy proposal. This proposal will eliminate affordable quality health care for millions of Americans by gutting the Affordable Care Act; slash federal funding and destroy Medicaid by turning its funding into per capita caps; eliminate the Medicaid expansion; and defund Planned Parenthood health centers. Graham-Cassidy would leave tens of millions of people in the US significantly worse off than under current law. (Read Letter)
  • September 20: The Academy was pleased to co-sign a letter with the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse to Senate Majority Leader McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Schumer in opposition to the Graham-Cassidy amendment that is being considered in the Senate and to lay out principles for any health reform proposals.(Read Letter)
  • August 8: The Academy wrote a letter to US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis supporting existing US Department of Defense policy on transgender service members serving in the military.  The letter underscored the Academy's commitment to ensuring dignified and respectful health care for all persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. (Read letter)
  • July 24: The Academy joined with the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Health Law Program, the National Partnership for Women & Families, and 162 other organizations urging Congress to oppose the motion to proceed on the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which would eliminate affordable quality health care for millions of Americans by gutting the Affordable Care Act,  slashing federal funding, and transforming Medicaid into a block grant or per capita cap. In addition, the letter urges Senators to support the Parliamentarian's ruling excluding the defunding of Planned Parenthood health centers from the reconciliation bill. (Read letter)
  • June 21: With other health organizations, the Academy endorsed the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s policy brief advocating for the reduction of smoking disparities in the LGBT community. (Read policy brief).
  • June 14: The Academy joined with the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Health Law Program, and the National Partnership for Women & Families among numerous other organizations in co-signing a letter to Senators urging opposition to repealing the affordable Care Act, slashing federal funding and transforming Medicaid into a block grant or per capita cap; eliminating the Medicaid expansion, and defunding Planned Parenthood health centers. (Read letter.)
  • May 31: The Academy was pleased to co-sign a letter to Members of Congress with the National Women's Law Center expressing support for the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. This bipartisan legislation promotes healthy pregnancies and economic security for pregnant women and their families and strengthens the economy.(Read letter.)
  • May 23: The Academy co-signed with the Nursing Community a strong statement opposing President Trump’s FY 2018 Budget Proposal, which calls for steep cuts to DHHS programs including the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs; and eliminating funding for other Title VIII programs. In addition, the President recommends a 24% reduction to NINR. (Read the statement here.) 
  • May 1: The Academy joined with AcademyHealth and other national organizations in co-signing letters to U.S. House of Representatives and Senate Leadership of Appropriations Committees and Subcommittees urging a FY18 appropriations request of $302 million for the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). This request is an increase of $21 million over the FY16 level and is consistent with the FY17 request. The NIMHD serves as the lead scientific agency dedicated to improving minority health, reducing health disparities, and training a diverse research workforce. (Read both letters)
  • April 7: The Academy was pleased to send a letter to the new director of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services urging the inclusion of military service criteria in electronic health records to focus on the unique needs and strengths of Americans who have served in the Armed Forces and their families. (Read letter)
  • April 5: The Academy joined with 150 organizations as Friends of AHRQ in co-signing letters to House and Senate Congressional leadership requesting $364 million in budget authority for AHRQ, consistent with the FY2015 level. (Read both letters)
  • March 17: Co-signed with the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities a letter to Members of Congress urging opposition to the American Health Care Act.  Serious concerns were raised over the proposed legislation that will put the health and well being of people with disabilities at significant risk including sections to repeal the Medicaid expansion, to eliminate the requirement that Medicaid cover the Essential Health Benefits including crucial services for people with disabilities, to end the Prevention and Public Health Fund that provides crucial financial support for public health services and other services that assist people with disabilities, and to repeal the Community First Choice option that allows individuals with disabilities to receive needed supports to remain at home, with states receiving extra Medicaid federal matching funds to cover the services. (Read letter)
  • March 16:  Co-signed a letter with the Nursing Community to the Chair and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies requesting $244 million for the HRSA Nursing Workforce Development programs and $160 million for the NINR. (Read letter)
  • March 8: Co-signed with the Nursing Community testimony delivered before the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies advocating for appropriations for FY 2018 of $244 million for the HRSA Nursing Workforce Development programs and $160 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research.  (Read testimony)
  • March 7: Co-signed a letter with the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and 14 other organizations to Speaker Ryan, Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Pelosi, & Minority Leader Schumer urging Congressional leadership to reject efforts to condition payment for health care services on factors other than medical and legal qualifications and standards. (Read letter) 
  • March 6: Co-signed a letter with the National Partnership of Women & Families and 99 other organizations to Speaker Ryan, Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Pelosi, and Minority Leader Schumer expressing opposition to repealing the Affordable Care Act and defunding Planned Parenthood. (Read letter)
  • March 2: Co-signed with numerous national and state organizations including the National Partnership for Women and Families a letter to President Trump identifying six core domestic policy priorities that will help ensure that all women in the United States have the opportunity to succeed and thrive. These priorities include creating workplaces that work for women and their families;securing quality health care and reproductive rights for women; ensuring income security for all families; addressing violence and mass incarceration; building a quality, affordable and equitable education system; and securing women’s equality under law. (Read letter)
  • February 24: Co-signed a letter with the Nursing Community thanking the sponsors for their introduction of the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act to reauthorize the HRSA 's Nursing Workforce Development programs through FY2022. (Read letter)
  • February 3:  Co-signed a letter to the Speaker and Minority leaders of the House and Majority and Minority leaders of the Senate strongly opposing efforts to prevent Planned Parenthood health centers from participating in federal health programs including Medicaid and the Title X family planning program. (Read letter)