AONE Advocacy Bulletin - Election Edition

Voting Resources - Polling Place, Early Voting, ID Requirements

With Election Day less than a week away, are you prepared to vote? Do you know where your polling place is? Do you know what identification you need or if early voting is still an option?  Visit Get to the Polls, a new website launched by Internet Association in partnership with the Pew Charitable Trusts' Voting Information Project. Get to the Polls provides basic voter information such as polling places, sample ballots and early-voting locations, with directions. Additionally, Rock the Vote's website shows what identification is required to vote in your state, as well as voting instructions for people who recently moved.

2014 Election Race Ratings

On Nov. 4, all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are up for re-election, as is one-third of the U.S. Senate. The Rothenberg Political Report /Roll Call released its ratings for the House, Senate and Governor races, categorized to reflect the degree to which one party or the other is projected to win the seat.

Upcoming Senate Appropriations Hearing on Ebola

On Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 2:00 p.m. ET, U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee will hold a full committee hearing on the U.S. Government response to the Ebola outbreak. Witnesses will include U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Thomas R. Frieden, Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. The hearing will be streamed live on the Senate Appropriations Committee website.

Congressional Update

Shortly before breaking for the midterm election, Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government until December 11, 2014. The CR maintained funding for Title VIII, Nursing Workforce Development Programs, at $223.841 million with a $1.24 million reduction across all programs. Congress will return for a lame duck session after the election, where it will be faced with funding the government for the remaining fiscal year 2015, as well as health concerns about Ebola. 

DEA Clarifies Regulation Disposal of Pharmaceutical Waste

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently released a letter clarifying its position on disposal of pharmaceutical wastage. The DEA said the new regulation was intended to cover disposal of unwanted controlled substances from a provider's inventory, not small amounts of unwanted controlled substances left over after treatment of a patient.
 
The Oct. 17 DEA letter appears to satisfactorily address concerns that the new rule made it virtually impossible to dispose of pharmaceutical wastage due to disposal requirements that conflicted with health and safety best practices, as well as current technological and staffing limitations. 

For more details, see the American Hospital Association's Oct 6 letter.

2015 Open Enrollment Begins Nov. 15

Health care coverage is an essential component of achieving a healthy community, where all individuals reach their highest potential for health. In 2014, 7.3 million people were enrolled in health care coverage through the new marketplace and over 8 million received coverage through Medicaid, making great progress toward the Affordable Care Act's 10 year goal of 25 million people covered.

With the open enrollment period for the 2015 Health Insurance Marketplace beginning Nov. 15, it's critical that nurses understand the enrollment process so they can help patients navigate the Health Insurance Marketplaces and Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance programs. Visit Enroll America for resources and tools to support enrollment efforts.

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Political Trivia

In the 19 midterm elections held since 1934, only twice has the President's party gained seats in both the Senate and the House. One was George W. Bush during the 2002 midterm election. Who was the other?

 

A. William J. Clinton during his second midterm in 1998

B. Dwight D. Eisenhower during this second midterm in 1958

C. Harry S. Truman during his second midterm in 1950

D.  Franklin D. Roosevelt during his first midterm in 1934

 

Visit AONE Advocacy to see the answer.