Academy Policy Priorities 2021-2022

The American Academy of Nursing releases its Policy Priorities for 2021-2022. These priorities include Advancing Health Equity and Championing Wellness; Promoting Innovation and Sustainability; and Reducing Patient, Provider, and System Burden. Learn more.


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Academy Policy Actions

Latest Policy News

  • September 27: The Academy joined an amicus brief along with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and other health care organizations in support of a challenge to a Florida Medicaid rule limiting access to gender-affirming medical care. The rule denies Medicaid recipients in Florida with gender dysphoria access to evidence-based treatments designed to improve health outcomes and alleviate suffering. Read more.
  • September 19: The Academy signed on to a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regarding funding for the Title X Family Planning Program in the President’s budget. The letter calls for increasing the funding for the Title X family planning program, enforcing the Medicaid Free Choice of Provider requirement, and expanding access to clinical services. Read more.
  • September 19: The Academy, along with 115 other organizations, signed onto a letter to House and Senate Appropriations leaders urging timely action to complete Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) appropriations by the start of the fiscal year on October 1, 2022. The letter highlights that FY23 funding is urgently needed to fund research and advance critical health priorities. Read more.
  • August 25: The Academy joined an amicus brief along with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and other health care organizations challenging the state of Texas’s efforts to ban access to gender-affirming care. Read more.


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Advancing Health Equity and Championing Wellness

  • April 28: The Academy, along with 287 other organizations, signed onto a letter to House and Senate Appropriations leaders requesting $60 million in funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct public health research into firearm morbidity and mortality prevention. Read more.
  • April 18: The Academy, along with 64 other health care organizations, signed onto letters to House and Senate appropriations leaders requesting $310 million for the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. This funding level would be an increase of $68.5 million above FY 2022 enacted, helping OSH to respond to high rates of e-cigarette use among youth and the continuing impacts of tobacco use. Read the House and Senate letters.
  • April 4: The Academy sent a letter to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee in support of S.3799, the Prepare for and Respond to Existing Viruses, Emerging New Threats, and Pandemics Act (PREVENT Pandemics Act). The Academy letter highlights that the PREVENT Pandemics Act includes many of the recommendations the Academy put forth in comments submitted in June 2020. Read more.

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Promoting Innovation and Sustainability

  • April 25: The Academy along with forty-eight members of the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) signed onto a letter urging Congress to take action to make waivers permanent beyond this Public Health Emergency (PHE). Waivers have allowed nurses to practice to the top of their licensure and have expanded telehealth coverage throughout the pandemic. Read more.
  • April 11: The Academy along with fifty-seven members of the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) signed onto letters to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies requesting $530 million for Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs and $210 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research for fiscal year (FY) 2023. Read the House and Senate letters.
  • March 23: The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS) and the Academy sent a letter to the NIH regarding the Center for Scientific Review’s (CSR) draft strategic plan for 2022 - 2027. Read more.

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Reducing Patient, Provider & System Burden

  • March 28: The Academy signed on to an amicus brief along with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the American Medical Association (AMA), and other health care organizations challenging the state of Montana's efforts to ban access to safe reproductive care. Read more.
  • November 4, 2021: The Academy, along with 11 other nursing organizations, signed on to comments to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra regarding the HHS Draft Strategic Plan for FY 2022-2026. 

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