AMSN Legislative Agenda
Med-surg Nurses Together are a Powerful Force for Patients When they Make Themselves Heard in a Way Policymakers Can Use.
AMSN Supports Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Funding for Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs, National Institute of Nursing Research and Agency for Healthcare Research (NINR) and Quality (AHRQ) - AMSN is a strong supporter of several federal biomedical research and nursing workforce development programs under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The document provides AMSN’s FY 2024 appropriations funding requests. View the Letter.
AMSN supports the John Lewis Equality in Medicare and Medicaid Treatment Act (S.406 and H.R. 7755) - AMSN and its more than 10,000 members represent nurses who have advanced organizational, prioritization, assessment, and communication skills and are leaders in coordinating care among interprofessional health care teams. As the only national professional organization representing the voice of medical-surgical nursing, our strategic mission for patients and their access to high quality, affordable health care includes addressing social determinants of health (SDOH) in policy. The John Lewis Equality in Medicare and Medicaid Treatment Act advances these goals. John Lewis EMMT Fact Sheet.
AMSN Urges Congress to Pass the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act (H.R. 1195 and S. 4182) – AMSN is deeply concerned by the alarming rise of workplace violence against our nation’s nurses and health care professionals and believe that additional federal guardrails are needed to address this growing crisis. Further, we support the advancement of the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act to ensure that health care workers have the basic protections and safety standards they need and deserve. AMSN-Workplace Violence-Fact Sheet.
ASMSN urges Members of Congress to cosponsor the Improving Access to Workers' Compensation for Injured Federal Workers Act (S. 131 and H.R.618). For too long, outdated requirements in the Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA)—the primary workers' compensation program for all U.S. federal employees—have arbitrarily barred nurse practitioners (NPs), and other non-physicians, from caring for injured federal workers. Yet, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program permits federal employees to select NPs as their primary care providers. This inconsistency between the two laws unfairly denies patient choice and disrupts continuity of care. Not only does the current FECA policy disregard the essential role of NPs, but it also ignores the nation’s alarming shortage of physicians. Further, federal solutions are urgently needed to help ensure that the federal workforce can access high-quality and patient-centered care. AMSN Workers' Comp Bill-Fact Sheet.