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115th Congress (2017 to 2018)

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.

 

 

 10/30/2017

AWHONN joined 52 organizations in signing a letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committee chairs and ranking members to urge them to oppose inclusion of either of two policy riders originally included in the House Appropriations Committee’s Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies appropriations bill that would weaken FDA’s authority to oversee tobacco products.

 10/30/2017

AWHONN joined 52 organizations in signing a letter to the Senate majority leader, Senate majority leader, House speaker, and House minority leader to urge them to oppose inclusion of either of two policy riders originally included in the House Appropriations Committee’s Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related 

 10/03/2017 AWHONN joined 480 other organizations in signing a letter to the chair and the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions concerning their work on a legislative package to stabilize and strengthen the individual health insurance marketplace.
 9/29/2017   AWHONN joined 11 major healthcare associations, to include ACOG, AAP, ACNM, and ANA, in urging providers to promote flu and pertussis vaccination for all pregnant women, or those who might be pregnant, before the start of the upcoming flu season.  
 9/28/2017  AWHONN joined 468 other organizations in signing a letter to four senators who sponsored a legislative proposal that would repeal and amend provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to share concerns that their proposed changes would result in reductions in health care coverage, particularly for individuals with substance use disorders and mental illness.
 9/21/2017  AWHONN delivered letters to key senators urging them to vote no on the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson(GCHJ) bill that would adversely impact the health of women and newborns.
 8/24/2017 AWHONN joined with 31 organizations to sign two letters concerning Fiscal Year 2018 funding for the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program at the National Institutes of Health. One letter was sent to the US House chairs and ranking members of the Appropriations Committee and the Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies thanking them for including $165 million in their appropriations bill. The other letter was sent to the Senate chairs and ranking members of the Appropriations Committee and the Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies requesting the same amount of wefunding in the Senate appropriations bill. 
 7/25/2017

AWHONN’s CEO Lynn Erdman sent a thank you letter to Rep. Shawn Thierry (Texas House of Representatives District 146), applauding her for championing efforts to reduce pregnancy-related deaths and maternal morbidity, including postpartum depression, in Texas. The full letter can be accessed here.

 7/11/2017 AWHONN joined with 39 other organizations in signing a letter to the chairs and ranking members of the House Committee on Appropriations and the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies to express our strong opposition to sections of the House Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2018 that would weaken the Food and Drug Administration’s authority to oversee cigars, e-cigarettes, and certain other tobacco products.
 7/6/2017  AWHONN joined with 31 organizations in singing a letter to the chair and ranking member of the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies and another to the Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, both to oppose proposed budget cuts that would eliminate the Health Resources and Services Administration's Heritable Disorders Program. 
 6/20/2017 AWHONN joined 44 organizations representing the Nursing Community in thanking the original sponsors of the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2017 (HR 1825/S 445) for introducing these bills. The companion bills would expand authority for certifying Medicare patients for home health benefits and signing home health plans of care to APRNs.
 6/20/2017 AWHONN joined with 49 other organizations in signing a letter to the chair and ranking member of the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies to support the allocation of at least $210 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's office on Smoking Health. 
 6/14/2017 AWHONN joined with 37 organizations in signing a letter to the House sponsors of HR 1318, The Preventing Maternal Deaths Act.
 6/13/2017 AWHONN joined with 49 other organizations in signing a letter to the chair and ranking member of the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, and another to the chair and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Related Agencies to support the authorized level of user fees to fund for the FDA's authority to regulate tobacco products. 
 6/2/2017  AWHONN joined 59 organizations in the Nursing Community in signing written testimony submitted to the US Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies concerning Fiscal Year 2018 funding for Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs and the National Institute of Nursing Research.
 5/30/2017  AWHONN joined 436 organizations in signing on to a letter to Senate leaders about the American Health Care Act and its impact on those with addiction and mental illness.
 5/17/2017 AWHONN joined 51 other organizations in signing on to a letter supporting increasing the Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations for the CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Disabilities, which works to save babies by studying and addressing the causes of birth defects 
 5/17/2017 AWHONN joined 51 other organizations in signing on to a letter to Health and Human Services Sec. Tom Price concerning the FDA’s deeming rule on tobacco products out of concern that the FDA under the new administration is delaying implementation of the rule, or reconsidering it
 5/8/2017  AWHONN joined 62 other organizations in the Nursing Community coalition in signing a letter to Congress in celebration of National Nurses Week.
 5/5/2017  As part of the Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose, AWHONN signed on to a letter to the acting director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy concerning addressing opioid abuse in the Administration’s 2017 Drug Control Strategy.
 5/5/2017  AWHONN joined 13 other organizations in the Patients Alliance for Drug Safety Protections in signing a joint letter to the chair and ranking member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee Health Subcommittee to support a request for a Government Accountability Office study on Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies for handling high-risk drugs in upcoming legislation.
 5/3/2017 AWHONN joined 33 other organizations in signing a letter to thank Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) for introducing the Save Women’s Preventive Care Act, which would preserve in any further healthcare insurance reform the Women’s Preventive Services Guidelines, established by the Affordable Care Act.
 4/21/2017  As part of the Nursing Community coalition, AWHONN was one of 58 organizations that signed on to a letter requesting $244 million for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Nursing Workforce Development programs and $160 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) in FY 2018 appropriations.
 4/11/2017  AWHONN signs on to a letter supporting the rejection of a 50% cut in funding for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) for the current fiscal year.
 4/10/2017  AWHONN joined 56 organizations in the Nursing Community in signing a letter to the US House and Senate chairs and ranking members of the Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies concerning Fiscal Year 2018 funding for Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs and the National Institute of Nursing Research.
 3/27/2017 AWHONN urges Congressional appropriators to oppose inclusion of policy riders that would weaken FDA’s authority to oversee tobacco products.
 3/27/2017 AWHONN signs on to letter requesting ample funding to combat the Zika virus in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 appropriations bills. 
 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, and a letter sent March 16 both highlighting FY 2018 requests of $244 million for Title VIII and $160 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). 
 2/28/2017  AWHONN urges Congressional leaders to continue to support efforts to protect the health of women for preventive care, well woman exams, and family planning.
 2/23/2017  AWHONN joined other women’s and children’s health organizations in signing a letter to members of Congress urging them to oppose resolutions that would allow states to deny funding for the contraceptive and preventive care patients receive at Title X clinics.
 2/23/2017  AWHONN joined 55 organizations in the Health Professions and Nursing Coalition in signing a letter to House Appropriations Committee Chair and Ranking member as well as the Senate Appropriations Committee Chair and Ranking member to request $524 million for the Health Resources and Services Administration.
 2/8/2017 As part of the Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose, AWHONN signs on to a letter calling for continued access to addiction treatment and recovery support services in any health reform efforts.
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