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AWHONN Communicates with the Administration and Members of Congress

 

AWHONN regularly interacts with Members of Congress, their staff, and key agency officials. Below is a selection of written communications to these important partners.

 

 3/21/2017  AWHONN joined 415 organizations to share concerns about the American Health Care Act and it's impact on those with addiction and mental illness. 
 3/7/2017 As part of the Nursing Community coalition, AWHONN was one of 54 organizations that signed House Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) testimony that was submitted March 7, 2017, highlighting FY 2018 requests of $244 million for Title VIII and $160 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). 
 2/21/2017  AWHONN urges Congressional leaders to continue to support efforts to protect the health of women for preventive care, well woman exams, and family planning.
 11/16/2016  AWHONN urges Congressional leaders to oppose inclusion of policy riders that would weaken FDA’s authority to oversee tobacco products.
 11/16/2016  AWHONN urges Congressional appropriators to oppose inclusion of policy riders that would weaken FDA’s authority to oversee tobacco products.
 10/28/2016  AWHONN urges lawmakers to include Section 505 of S. 2680, the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016, in the final version of any mental health reform legislation. This provision, taken from H.R. 3235/S. 2311, the Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act, is the only provision specifically for women and is critical to addressing the mental health challenges facing millions of families
  10/26/2016 AWHONN along with the Nursing Community Coalition write to House Appropriators urging them to support $244 million for the Nursing Workforce Development programs and $157 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research in your FY2017 Labor, HHS bill.
 10/26/2016 AWHONN along with the Nursing Community Coalition write to Senate Appropriators urging them to support $244 million for the Nursing Workforce Development programs and $157 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research in your FY2017 Labor, HHS bill.
 10/19/2016 AWHONN along with the Coalition to Advance Maternal Therapeutics write to leadership of the Energy and Commerce Committee the and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee urging them to retain section 8, “Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant Women and Lactating Women,” of S. 2745 in any final package reconciling the 21st  Century Cures Act and the Innovations for Healthier Americans Initiative.
 10/18/2016

AWHONN along with the Friends of HRSA write to Senate Appropriators in support of $7.48 billion for HRSA’s discretionary programs in the final FY 2017 spending agreement.

 10/18/2016 AWHONN along with the Friends of HRSA write to House Appropriators in support of $7.48 billion for HRSA’s discretionary programs in the final FY 2017 spending agreement.
 10/14/2016 Oct 14: AWHONN along with HPNEC write toCongressional Appropriators in support of $524 million for HRSA’s Title VII health professions and Title VIII nursing workforce development programs. 
 10/12/2016 AWHONN along with the Friends of AHRQ write to House Appropriators urging them to protect AHRQ’s budget from further cuts and provide the agency at least $334 million in budget authority.
 10/12/2016 AWHONN along with the Friends of AHRQ write to Senate Appropriators urging them to protect AHRQ’s budget from further cuts and provide the agency at least $334 million in budget authority.
  10/12/2016 AWHONN along with the Friends of the National Center for Health Statistics urge House Appropriators to protect NCHS’s budget from further cuts and provide the agency at least $160.4 million.
  10/12/2016 AWHONN along with the Friends of the National Center for Health Statistics urge Senate Appropriators to protect NCHS’s budget from further cuts and provide the agency at least $160.4 million.
 9/28/2016 AWHONN signs on to a letter to Members of Congress in support of the Zika provisions in H.R. 5325
 9/22/2016

AWHONN along with the Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose write to OMB and SAMSHA in support of full funding for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act in the Administration’s FY18 Budget Request to Congress.

 9/22/2016 AWHONN signs on to a letter to Reps. Franks and Cohens in opposition to H.R. 3504 and restrictions on insurance coverage for abortion.
 9/13/2016 AWHONN signs on to a letter to House and Senate appropriators urging them to provide funds to address the opioid epidemic as soon as possible.
 9/7/2016 AWHONN signs on to a letter to Senate appropriators urging them to reject any policy riders that would weaken FDA’s authority to regulate tobacco products.
 9/7/2016

AWHONN signs on to a letter to House appropriators urging them to reject any policy riders that would weaken FDA’s authority to regulate tobacco products.

 8/3/2016 AWHONN Advocates for Zika Funding.
 7/22/2016 Together with the Nursing Community, AWHONN writes to the Department of Veterans Affairs to support full practice authority for APRNs at VA Health facilities.
 7/12/2016 Together with the Nursing Community, AWHONN writes to Senators Merkley and Burr in Support of the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act 
 7/13/2016  AWHONN sends a letter to House and Senate leadership imploring them to pass a bipartisan Zika package before recess.
 6/28/2016  AWHONN sent a letter to Rear Admiral Susan Orsega congratulating her on her appointment as Nurse Chief Professional Officer at the United States Public Health Service.
 6/28/2016  AWHONN sent a letter to House and Senate leadership expressing dismay at Congress’ failure to produce bipartisan legislation to combat Zika virus. 
 6/15/2016 AWHONN signs on to a letter to House Opioid Conferees in support of key policy provisions tat will address opioid misuse.
 6/8/2016  AWHONN signs on to a letter to all Senators urging them to oppose any amendments that would weaken the FDA’s authority to regulate tobacco products.
 6/8/2016  AWHONN signs on to a letter to Valerie Jarrett urging the Administration to direct all federal agencies to adopt an interim pregnancy accommodations policy.  
 5/20/2016  AWHONN sends a letter to all Members of Congress urging that that research into pregnancy and birth outcomes related to the Zika virus is included in any supplemental emergency funding bill for the National Institutes of Health.
 5/19/2016 Together with the Nursing Community, AWHONN sent a letter to Representative Johnson thanking her for introducing House Resolution 734 - Supporting the goals and ideals of National Nurses Week
 5/19/2016 Together with the Nursing Community, AWHONN sent a letter to Senators Wicker and Merkley thanking them for introducing Senate Resolution 467 - Supporting the goals and ideals of National Nurses Week
 5/18/2016  AWHONN sends a letter to all Members of the House of Representatives urging them to provide emergency supplemental funding to combat Zika virus at or near the President’s requested levels.
 5/13/2016  AWHONN sends a letter to all Members of the Senate encouraging them to support the greatest possible level of emergency supplemental funding to prepare for and respond to the Zika.
 5/9/2016  AWHONN signs on to a letter organized by the Nursing Community coalition to all Members of Congress in honor or Nurses Week
 5/4/2016 AWHONN signs on to a letter to House and Senate Appropriators in opposition to two proposals that would weaken the FDA’s authority to regulate tobacco products. 
 4/15/2016  AWHONN submits testimony to Senate Appropriators in conjunction with the Nursing Community coalition in support of $244 million for the Title VIII nursing workforce development programs and $157 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research in FY 2017
 4/15/2016  AWHONN submits testimony to House Appropriators in conjunction with the Nursing Community coalition in support of $244 million for the Title VIII nursing workforce development programs and $157 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research in FY 2017
 4/13/2016  AWHONN signs on to a letter to President Obama urging that a rule be finalized to regulate-cigarettes and cigars
 4/5/2016  AWHONN joins with the March of Dimes and others to support Funding to Combat the Zika Virus
 4/5/2016  AWHONN signs on to a letter organized by the Coalition to Advance Maternal Therapeutics in support of the Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant Women and Lactating Women included
 4/4/2016  AWHONN signs on to a letter to House Appropriators in support of $210 million for the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health in FY 2017
 4/4/2016  AWHONN signs on to a letter to Senate Appropriators in support of $210 million for the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health in FY 2017
 4/4/2016  AWHONN signs on to a letter to Senate Appropriators in support of the authorized level of user fees for the FDA’s oversight of tobacco products
 4/4/2016 AWHONN signs on to a letter to House Appropriators in support of the authorized level of user fees for the FDA’s oversight of tobacco products
 3/21/2016  AWHONN signs on to a letter organized by HPNEC to House and Senate Appropriators in support of $524 million of the Title VII health professions and Title VIII nursing workforce development programs in FY 2017
 3/21/2016 AWHONN joins HPNEC to write to House and Senate appropriators in support of $524 million for the Title VII health professions and Title VIII nursing workforce development programs in FY 2017
 3/21/2016 AWHONN joins the Friends of Title V to write to House and Senate appropriators in support of $650 million for the Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant in FY 2017
 3/14/2016 AWHONN signs on to a letter organized by the Friends of AHRQ to Senate appropriators requesting $364 million for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in FY2017.
 3/10/2016 AWHONN signs on to a letter organized by the Friends of AHRQ to House appropriators requesting $364 million for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in FY2017. 
 3/9/2016 AWHONN signs on to a letter organized by The Friends of NCHS to Senate appropriators requesting $170 million for the National Center for Health Statistics in FY2017.
 3/9/2016 AWHONN signs on to a letter organized by The Friends of NCHS to House appropriators requesting $170 million for the National Center for Health Statistics in FY2017.
 3/8/2016 Together with the Nursing Community AWHONN writes to Senator Merkley in support of the Veterans Healthcare Staffing Improvement Act
 3/3/2016 Together with Nursing Community, AWHONN wrote to Congressional appropriators in support of $244 million for the Nursing Workforce Development Programs in FY 2017.
 3/3/2016 Together with Nursing Community, AWHONN wrote to Congressional appropriators in support of $157 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research in FY 2017.
 3/1/2016 Together with the Friends of HRSA, AWHONN wrote to Congressional appropriators in support of $7.48 billion for the Health Research and Services Administration in FY 2017.
 2/22/2016 AWHONN along with over 600 organizations—representing the full range of stakeholders supporting the Departments of Labor; Health and Human Services; Education; and related agencies—urge Congressional appropriators to allocate as high a funding level as possible to these programs and services in the FY 2017 302(b) subcommittee allocations.
 
 2/12/2016 AWHONN supports President Obama’s emergency supplemental funding request to combat Zika.
 2/3/2016 Together with the Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition, AWHONN thanks Member of Congress for their vote in support of the FY 2016 omnibus spending package.
 
 1/27/2016 AWHONN, as a member of The Patients’ Alliance for Drug Safety Protections, writes Congressional leaders in support of the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) Program.
 1/13/2016 AWHONN, ACNM and others send a letter to the Comptroller General expressing concern that his recent appointments to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) have omitted any representative of pregnant women
 1/6/2016 AWHONN along with 11 other organizations interested in newborn screening submit joint comments on the proposed changes to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (the Common Rule).

 1/6/2016

AWHONN, March of Dimes, ACOG and other national organizations submit comments on the Common Rule.

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