Federal News

December 13, 2016 News

President Obama Signs 21st Century Cures Act

The 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law in December 2016, includes comprehensive mental healthcare reform and funding to address the opioid and heroin crisis. Key elements in the Act that will improve the treatment of those suffering from serious mental illnesses include the elimination of the prohibition on same-day billing for mental health and primary care services in Medicaid, additional resources for suicide prevention and expanded crisis intervention training for first responders.

November 29, 2016 Behavioral Health

ENA Joins Coalition in Support of Mental Health Care Reform Legislation

We, the undersigned organizations, write today in strong support of mental health reform provisions contained in the bicameral and bipartisan end-of-year healthcare package currently being advanced, and we urge the House to pass these provisions as soon as possible.

October 26, 2016

ENA Joins Coalition of Nursing Organizations in Requesting Support for the National Institute of Nursing Research

We respectfully urge you to support our original FY 2017 requests of $244 million for the Nursing Workforce Development programs (Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act) and $157 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR, National Institutes of Health (NIH)) in your Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill.

October 26, 2016

ENA Joins Coalition of Nursing Organizations in Requesting Support for Nursing Workforce Development Programs

We respectfully urge you to support our original FY 2017 requests of $244 million for the Nursing Workforce Development programs (Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act) and $157 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR, National Institutes of Health (NIH)) in your Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill.

October 14, 2016

ENA Supports Programs to Enhance Nursing Education and Training

The 55 undersigned members of the Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition (HPNEC) write to encourage you to support our original FY 2017 request of $524 million for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)’s Title VII health professions and Title VIII nursing workforce development programs.

September 30, 2016 Infectious Diseases Legislation News

ENA Praises Zika and Opioid Funding in Stopgap Spending Bill

ENA praised Congress for passing and President Obama for signing a short-term spending bill that includes funding to battle the Zika virus and the opioid epidemic, two of ENA’s top federal legislative priorities.

September 6, 2016

ENA Supports Proposed Changes to Medicare Patient Survey

I am writing to provide comments and recommendations related to the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and System (HCAHPS) survey as you finalize payment and other policies for CY 2017 under the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS).

July 25, 2016 Legislation News

Emergency Nurses Association Praises Passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act

ENA applauded President Obama for signing into law the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). The new law represents a comprehensive response to the opioid epidemic including prevention, treatment, support for those in recovery and justice reform. CARA will create and expand critical programs to fight the scourge of abuse, addiction, overdose and death resulting from the rapidly-increasing use of prescription opioids and heroin. Many of CARA’s provisions are consistent with ENA’s support for efforts at the state level to expand access to treatment and emergency care through distribution and training on reversal agents such as Naloxone. ​

July 22, 2016

ENA Joins Nursing Organizations in Support of Full Practice Authority for APRNs in the VA

On behalf of the 61 undersigned national professional nursing organizations representing the Nursing Community coalition, we write to reiterate our steadfast support for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) Proposed Rule (Federal Register Document Number 2016-12338, RIN 2900-AP44) published on May 25, 2016.

July 12, 2016

ENA Joins Nursing Organizations in Sending Letter in Support of Title VIII Reauthorization Bill Introduced in Senate

On behalf of the 51 undersigned organizations representing the Nursing Community coalition, we write in full support of the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2016, which will reauthorize the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Nursing Workforce Development programs (authorized under Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act [42 U.S.C. 296 et. seq]) through fiscal year 2021.

July 7, 2016 Legislation News

House Overwhelmingly Passes Comprehensive Mental Health Bill

ENA praised the U.S. House of Representatives for overwhelmingly passing comprehensive mental healthcare reform, H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. The bill would make more psychiatric hospital beds available, integrate and connect physical and mental health care providers and provide resources to communities for suicide prevention. In addition, it would allow more patients to be treated in our healthcare system instead of being incarcerated, expand crisis intervention team training for law enforcement and allow families to work with doctors and mental health professionals as part of the care delivery team.

May 10, 2016 Day on the Hill Legislation News

Emergency Nurses Association Urges Lawmakers to Pass Mental Health Reform and Support EMS Administration of Life-Saving Medications

Emergency Nurses Association members are on Capitol Hill advocating for legislation that directly impacts emergency nursing. More than 120 ENA members from across the U.S. are in Washington, DC, urging Congress to support comprehensive reforms to our nation’s mental health system, and legislation that will allow emergency medical services personnel to continue to operate under standing orders to administer controlled substances. May 11 is the association’s annual Day on the Hill event.

April 20, 2016 Legislation News

Emergency Nurses Association Praises Senate for Including KITS in FAA Reauthorization Bill

ENA praises the U.S. Senate for including provisions of the Airplane Kids in Transit Safety (KITS) Act of 2016 in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill. The Senate passed the FAA bill yesterday. The KITS Act would require the FAA to update emergency medical kits on airplanes to ensure they contain appropriate medication and equipment to meet the emergency medical needs of children, including an epinephrine auto-injector.

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