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June 16, 2017 Legislation News

ENA Sends Letter to Senate Leadership on Protecting Access to Emergency Care in Health Care Reform Legislation

On behalf of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) and our more than 43,000 members, I am writing to urge the Senate, as it considers legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), to include provisions that protect access to affordable and meaningful health care coverage, especially for patients requiring treatment in our nation’s emergency departments (EDs).

May 24, 2017 Legislation News

Emergency Nurses, Emergency Medical Service Providers and Children’s Advocates Oppose Proposal to Eliminate Emergency Medical Services for Children Program

The following organizations join the statement below, opposing President Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate funding for the EMSC program in his fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget: the American Ambulance Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Emergency Physicians, Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, Children’s Health Fund, Emergency Nurses Association, National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, National Association of State EMS Officials, National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Earth Institute, National EMS Management Association and Save the Children.

April 21, 2017 Legislation News

Support of Nursing Workforce Development Programs and the National Institute of Nursing Research

The 58 undersigned members of the Nursing Community respectfully request $244 million for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Nursing Workforce Development programs (authorized under Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act [42 U.S.C. 296 et seq.]) and $160 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), one of the 27 Institutes and Centers within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) 1 as you work to complete your FY 2018 appropriations bill.

April 6, 2017 Workplace Violence

Response to RFI: Prevention to Workplace Violence in Healthcare and Social Assistance

This document was prepared by the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) in response to a Request for Information (Docket No. OSHA—2016–0014) solicited by the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The enclosed response addresses specific questions about the prevention of and response to workplace violence in U.S. emergency departments (ED), based on research conducted with emergency nurses from 2009 to 2015.

March 22, 2017 Legislation News

ENA Sends Letters to Rep. Michael Burgess Expressing Support for the MISSION ZERO Act

I am writing to express our support for H.R. 880, the Military Injury Surgical Systems Integrated Operationally Nationwide to Achieve ZERO Preventable Deaths Act of 2017 (MISSION ZERO Act). This important and timely legislation will help improve the quality of trauma care provided in the United States.

March 22, 2017 Legislation News

ENA Sends Letters to Rep. Gene Green Expressing Support for the MISSION ZERO Act

I am writing to express our support for H.R. 880, the Military Injury Surgical Systems Integrated Operationally Nationwide to Achieve ZERO Preventable Deaths Act of 2017 (MISSION ZERO Act). This important and timely legislation will help improve the quality of trauma care provided in the United States.

March 16, 2017 Legislation News

ENA Joins Coalition of Nursing Organizations in Requesting Congressional Support for Nursing Workforce Development Programs and the National Institute of Nursing Research

The 54 undersigned members of the Nursing Community respectfully request $244 million for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Nursing Workforce Development programs (authorized under Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act [42 U.S.C. 296 et seq.]) and $160 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), one of the 27 Institutes and Centers within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as you work to complete your FY 2018 appropriations bill.

March 2, 2017 Legislation News

ENA Joins Mental Health Liaison Group in Sending Letter to Congressional Leadership in Support of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Care

The Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) wishes to express serious concern about recent proposals that would restructure the long-standing and fundamental federal-state financing partnership of the Medicaid program. Such efforts could adversely impact the 14 million vulnerable people living with mental or substance use disorders who depend heavily on Medicaid coverage.

February 28, 2017 Legislation News

ENA Joins Coalition Letter in Support of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Accessibility Act of 2017

We would urge Congress to pass Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Accessibility Act of 2017, which provides loans and loan guarantees on favorable yet responsible terms to qualifying psychiatric and substance use facilities. The bill establishes a fund to hold and eventually make available any money generated from the loan and loan grantees to expand community based outpatient care.

December 13, 2016 News

President Obama Signs 21st Century Cures Act

The 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law in December 2016, includes comprehensive mental healthcare reform and funding to address the opioid and heroin crisis. Key elements in the Act that will improve the treatment of those suffering from serious mental illnesses include the elimination of the prohibition on same-day billing for mental health and primary care services in Medicaid, additional resources for suicide prevention and expanded crisis intervention training for first responders.

November 29, 2016 Behavioral Health

ENA Joins Coalition in Support of Mental Health Care Reform Legislation

We, the undersigned organizations, write today in strong support of mental health reform provisions contained in the bicameral and bipartisan end-of-year healthcare package currently being advanced, and we urge the House to pass these provisions as soon as possible.

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