AONE Advocacy Bulletin - August 2014

Nursing Community Hosts Title VIII 50th Anniversary Reception

On Sep. 9, AONE President Linda Knodel, MHA, MSN, NE-BC, CPHQ, FACHE, will join more than 20 organizations in the Nursing Community in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs on Capitol Hill. The Nursing Community is using this milestone to urge Congress and the administration to fund these critical nursing programs at $251 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. Congressional support for the programs continues to increase. Earlier this year, Representatives Lois Capps, RN (D-CA) and Richard Hanna (R-NY) circulated a “Dear Colleague” letter in the U.S. House of Representatives, garnering a historic high of 92 signatures by House members. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) circulated a similar letter in the Senate and garnered 29 signatures.

Join President Knodel in advocating for this vital program. Contact your federal officials on Sept 9 in support of funding Title VIII at $251 million in FY2015. Send your message by using the “contact congress” icon on the AONE Advocacy website. 

Take the Grassroots Member Advocacy Survey

Please take five minutes to complete a six question survey to help AONE understand your level of familiarity with nursing policy issues, what advocacy resources are helpful to you and how interested you are in AONE Advocacy. By completing this survey, you are helping to strengthen AONE’s advocacy network and increase our voice in Washington, DC.

Webinar on the 2014 Midterm Federal Elections: What Nurses Need to Know

On October 9 at 3:00 pm ET, the Nursing Community is hosting a webinar on how the potential outcomes of the midterm election may impact nursing and health care policy. Attendees will learn how to maximize political tools, become informed voters and how to ensure nursing’s voice is heard in the upcoming election. American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) will award one contact hour to participants who attend the entire webinar and submit an evaluation. The webinar is open to AONE members. Visit AONE Advocacy for registration information.

Legislator Spotlight: Rep. David Joyce (R-OH-14) twitter @RepDaveJoyce

First term Congressman David Joyce serves as co-chair of the Nursing Caucus for the 113th Congress. Joyce's wife is a nurse, so he has seen first-hand the critical role nurses play in the lives of patients and patients' families. Joyce was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 and serves on the House Appropriations Committee and the subcommittees on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies; Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies; and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies. He is a co-sponsor of the ,AONE-supported legislation, Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2013, H.R. 2504.  (National Journal Almanac of American Politics, 2014 Edition) 

Helpful Advocacy Hint: Learning the Legislative Lingo

Markup. Paygo. Discretionary Spending. Whip. News articles about what is going on in Washington-and the politics involved in passing legislation-is filled with nomenclature not commonly heard outside the Washington Beltway. Visit AONE Advocacy to see a glossary of commonly used legislative terms.

Federal Update

Congress Reconvenes; Must Pass Government Funding Bill
Congress returns from the August recess on Sept. 9 for nine legislative days before heading back to their districts to campaign for the 2014 midterm election. Within this short work period, Congress must find a way to fund the government, whose funding ends at midnight Sept. 30. The most logical scenario is the passage of a Continuing Resolution (CR) to cover the period from Oct. 1 to possibly the middle of Dec. when the lame duck session will end. The outcome of the Nov. 4 election will determine Congress's next funding plan. With the first session of the 114th Congress set to begin Jan. 3, 2015, the balance of power is expected to be determined in the U.S. Senate.  The Senate majority is currently held by the Democrats with a ratio of 53 democrats, 45 republicans and 2 independents. There is a possibility of a shakeup in the Senate as 31 Senate seats are up for re-election this year. The Senate will flip if Republicans gain six seats in the election, a move which could have interesting consequences on the appropriations front in 2015. 

Advisories for Four Proposed Rules
In July, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the following proposed rules for CY 2015: outpatient PPS and ambulatory surgical centers; Medicare physician fee schedule; home health PPS; and end-stage renal disease. Comments on the proposed rules are due by Sept. 2. To view the regulatory advisories, see "AHA Advisories" under Advocacy Issues at www.aha.org.
 
Final FY 2015 Post-Acute Care Rules
CMS recently issued FY 2015 final rules for three post-acute care settings: inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care hospitals and skilled-nursing facilities. These regulations generally take affect on Oct. 1, 2014. For more information, see the Aug. 5 Special Bulletin

Political Trivia

How many nurses are in the 113th Congress?
 
A. 4
B. 5
C. 2
D. 7
 
Visit AONE Advocacy to see the answer.