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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.

 

 

05/11/2018 AWHONN joined 28 organizations in a letter of support to members of both the House and Senate to voice support of the President’s budget request for $12.297 million during FY 2019 to fund the development and release of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA).
04/17/2018 AWHONN authored a letter to Senator Nelson offering its support for his proposed legislation “Protecting Newborns from Opioids Act.” The proposed legislation would create grants for states to improve surveillance systems on neonatal abstinence syndrome as well as funding to conduct research on prevention.
04/16/2018 AWHONN wrote a letter to California Assembly Member Jim Frazier to thank him for his leadership on A.B. 3032, Hospital Maternal Mental Health Programs. A.B. 3032 provides hospitals leeway to develop their own programs for maternal mental health.
05/29/2018 AWHONN joined 64 organizations in the Family Planning Coalition in submitting written testimony to the Labor-H Subcommittee of Appropriations to request $327 million funding for Title X in FY 2019.
05/04/2018 AWOHNN joined over 50 national and local organizations in urging the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture Chair and Ranking Member to approve the authorized level of user fees for the FDA oversight of tobacco products and oppose any effort to limit the authority Congress has granted to the FDA under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (TCA).
05/29/2018 AWHONN joined 64 organizations in the Family Planning Coalition in submitting written testimony to the Labor-H Subcommittee of Appropriations to request $327 million funding for Title X in FY 2019.
09/11/2018 AWHONN joined 52 organizations on a letter to members of both the House and the Senate who are serving on the FY2019 Agriculture Appropriations bill Conference Committee. This letter urges the rejection of any tobacco policy riders to the Appropriations bill that would limit the FDA’s oversight on tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and cigars.
07/03/2018 AWHONN joined over 30 organizations in letters to the House and Senate members in applauding the introduction and swift passage of the PREEMIE Reauthorization Act of 2018. This reauthorization demonstrates Congress’s commitment to the most vulnerable infants and their families by providing national focus to the prevention of premature births.
04/15/2018 AWHONN joined 10 organizations in sending a letter to Senator Blunt and Senator Murray requesting language be including during the drafting of the Senate FY19 LHHS appropriations bill that brings attention to the lack of public awareness surrounding endometriosis and given the appropriate attention as a major women’s health issue.
06/12/2018 AWOHNN joined other organizations from the Friends of NICHD coalition in sending a letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members of both the House and Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittees on Labor, Health, and Human Services voicing support for funding for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, as well as the National Institute of Health during FY 2019.
06/18/2018 AWOHNN joined 23 national and local organizations in sending letters to members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees requesting $165 million in funding for the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program during FY 2019.
06/18/2018 AWOHNN joined 55 organizations in letters to the Senate and House Appropriations Committees requesting $216.5 million for the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) during FY 2019. The proposed President’s Budget would eliminate OSH, an office that is crucial in curtailing smoking in teens; fully funding OSH will ensure its continue work to end the preventable deaths of thousands of Americans every year.
 07/18/2018 AWHONN joined 55 organizations within the Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition in urging the members of the Appropriations committee to fund the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) Title VII health professions and Title VIII nursing workforce development programs at the level of $690 million in Fiscal Year 2019. Initial appropriations proposals include drastic cuts to crucial training and educational programs for current and future healthcare professionals.
 09/07/2018 AWHONN joined 75 national organizations in urging senators to oppose the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
 09/07/2018 AWHONN joined 130 organizations to request that the House and Senate Appropriations Committee fund the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in Fiscal Year 2019 at a level equal to or higher than $334 million. Funding for AHRQ has steadily declined over the last decade, which has negatively impacted the research necessary to improve the quality and delivery of healthcare.
 08/30/2018 AWONN joined organizations representing over 4.4 million healthcare providers in a letter to Secretary Azar voicing opposition to the Administration’s proposed rule changes to Title X. The proposed rule would put healthcare providers in ethically compromising positions, by requiring providers to withhold information about all healthcare options from their patients.
 08/24/2018 AAWHONN joined 45 organizations urging Majority Leader McConnell and Democratic Leader Schumer to include the provision Allowing for More Flexibility with Respect to Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders into the final Senate opioid package. This provision provides a permanent authorization for nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe Medication-Assisted Treatments (MATs) to those suffering from opioid addictions and creates a five-year authorization for the other three APRN groups (certified registered nurse anesthetists, certified registered nurse midwives, and clinical nurse specialists) to do the same. APRNs are critical agents in treating patients with substance use disorders and are sometimes the sole providers of this care in medically underserved areas that struggle to recruit and retain health professionals.
 07/23/2018 AWHONN submitted a statement for the record to the Senate Committee on Finance, Subcommittee on Social Security, Pension and Family Policy, offering its support for the FAMILY Act. This legislation would help to alleviate financial burdens and offer the opportunity for new mothers to exclusively breastfeed in the first six months of a newborn's life.
 07/19/2018 AWHONN joined 47 organizations in submitting Comments to the FDA on proposed rulemaking on Flavored Tobacco Products. The comments encourage the FDA to regulate the use of flavors in non-cigarette tobacco products due to the public health risk such products present.
 07/16/2018 AWHONN joined 14 organizations representing over 700,000 women and adolescent health care providers in a joint press conference and press release outlining 10 reasons why the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) should rescind the proposed Title X rule.
 07/14/2018 AWHONN joined 50 national organizations and academic centers in sending a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar expressing concern over reports that the United States delegation to the 2018 World Health Assembly sought to weaken a resolution designed to support breastfeeding. The letter affirms that the United States should be supporting globally the same public health practices that it promotes here in the United States.
 07/11/2018 AWHONN joined over 200 organizations urging members of Congress to support the FAMILY Act. This legislation would create a national paid family and medical leave insurance program, allowing working families to take time off to address serious health and caregiving concerns.
 06/29/2018 AWHONN sent a letter of thanks to President Trump thanking him for signing Executive Order 13841 on June 20, 2018 that ended the temporary detention policy for families entering the United States illegally.
 06/20/2018 AWHONN joined 47 national organizations in thanking Congresswoman Maloney and Senator Merkley for introducing the Supporting Working Moms Act of 2017. By leading Congress to protect and support breastfeeding, we appreciate their demonstrated commitment to our nation’s families.
 06/20/2018 AWHONN joined 42 national and 31 state and local organizations in thanking Senator Duckworth and Representative Knight for introducing the FAM Act. The FAM Act would require all large and medium hub airports to provide a private, non-bathroom space in each terminal for mothers to express breast milk. The space must be accessible to persons with disabilities, available in each terminal building after the security checkpoint, and include a place to sit, a table or other flat surface, and an electrical outlet. Airports would have two years to comply and would be able to use Airport Improvement Program funds for the purpose of complying with the new requirement. We thank our coalition partner, the Unites States Breastfeeding Committee, for coordinating this letter.
 06/20/2018 AWHONN sent a letter to President Trump, members of Congress and the Secretary of Homeland Security, imploring them to work together to develop an immediate solution to address family separation of babies and children from their parents at the border. The culture of caring, as a fundamental tenant of the practice of nursing, calls on us to share our concern, our commitment to the common good, and to protect the most vulnerable.
 06/20/2018 AWHONN joined 32 Nursing Community Coalition organizations imploring the Department of Homeland Security, and the overall Administration, to protect the health and wellness of immigrant children. As a profession, nurses are committed to the patient, the family, the community, and the populations our members serve, and at the core of our education is holistic care that encompasses the physical and mental well-being of all—at any age and in any location. The letter can be viewed here.
 05/21/2018 AWHONN joined 40 organizations in support of the FDA’s move toward a product standard to reduce the nicotine level in cigarettes to non-addictive or minimally addictive levels.
 04/25/2018

AWHONN joined 60 other organizations in the Family Planning Coalition in signing a letter to the chairman and the ranking member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education to request fund the Title X Family Planning Program at $327 million for Fiscal Year 2019.

 04/25/2018

AWHONN joined 26 organizations in signing two letters, one to the chair and ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies of the Committee on Appropriations and the other to the chair and ranking member of the same subcommittee in the Senate, to thank them thank you for their support of federal newborn screening programs in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018.

 
 04/03/2018

As a member of the Friends of the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Program, AWHONN joined nearly 80 organizations in urging the House and Senate to support at least $660 million for the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant in the FY2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education & Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

 03/28/2018 AWHONN joined 141 organizations in requesting the House and Senate appropriations chairs and ranking members fund Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies at FY10 levels of $454M.  These dollars benefit AWHONN nurses by providing funding research to ensure rural primary care practices can treat opioid addicted patients, fund programs to reduce unintended deaths from medication errors, and allow AHRQ to generate and monitor healthcare data and ensure new findings reach health care providers and patients, to name a few. 
 3/18/2018

AWHONN joined over 60 diverse, nonpartisan and interdisciplinary organizations in an open letter to Congress, urging them to provide dedicated federal funding for research into gun violence. The current restriction on federal funding for gun violence research limits our understanding of this epidemic and prevents us from enacting evidence-based policies that will protect the lives of women, families, and our communities. We also jointly asked Congress to remove restrictions preventing federal agencies from sharing information that could help them better understand - and ultimately prevent - injuries and loss of life.  

 3/08/2018

As a leading women’s health organization, AWHONN joined 9 sister associations in observing International Women’s Day, recognizing that women are vital to their communities and economies and should have access to the proper education and services in order to make informed decisions about their reproductive health-free from coercion. #PressforProgress

 
 1/31/2018

AWHONN joined 39 coalition partners in thanking Senators Markey, Paul, Hassan and Collins for introducing the Addiction Treatment Access Improvement Act of 2018 (S. 2317). This important legislation will broaden the Controlled Substances Act to include all APRNs, greatly expanding access to treatment for patients suffering from opioid addiction.

 1/16/2018

AWHONN joined 50 member organizations of the Nursing Community Coalition urging lawmakers to make the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 959) a top priority.

 1/3/2018 AWHONN joined 51 coalition partners in strongly urging Congress to fund each of the Nursing Workforce Development programs, authorized under Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 296 et seq.), with at least the levels proposed by the Senate’s Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee bill totaling $234.472 million in FY 2018. 
 11/9/2017  AWHONN joined 40 organizations thanking Representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) for introducing the Addiction Treatment Access Improvement Act of 2017 (H.R. 3692). This legislation seeks to broaden the Controlled Substances Act to allow APRNs to use their clinical training and expertise to provide care to those suffering from opioid addictions.
 11/1/2017

AWHONN joined 41 nursing organizations in commenting on the proposed rule that would increase access to quality health care for our nation’s veterans by expanding telehealth services. The successful implementation of this proposed rule will ensure all providers in the Veterans Health Administration are used to the fullest extent of their education and clinical training.  Women are now the fastest growing cohort within the Veteran community and have unique healthcare needs.  For additional information the Women Veterans Special report can be accessed here.

 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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