On the Issues
U.S. Nurse Cadet Corp.
Senator Amy Klobuchar is a cosponsor of the United States Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act of 2019 (S. 997). This legislation would recognize nurses who served as members of the United States Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II as veterans and will receive honorable discharges, medal privileges, and burial benefits for cemeteries administered under the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Home Health Planning Improvement Act of 2017 (S. 445), which she was a cosponsor in the previous session of Congress, would have allowed nurse practitioners (NPs), clinical nurse specialists (CNSs), and certified nurse midwives (CNMs) to order home health care services had it passed.
Senator Klobuchar cosponsored the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act (S. 851). This legislation would require the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to develop standards requiring health care and social service employers to write and implement a workplace violence prevention plan to protect employees from violence incidents in the workplace.
Senator Klobuchar signed onto a nursing ‘Dear Colleague’ during this Congress (Title VIII letter). A member of Congress signs a ‘Dear Colleague’ letter on an issue that they are willing to support, usually if a bill on that issue has not yet been introduced. The Title VIII letter requests $266 million in appropriations funding for future nursing education.
Senator Klobuchar voted for the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6) that became law in the previous session of Congress. One provision of this legislation gives nurse practitioners and physician assistants permanent authorization to prescribe medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid substance use disorder if they complete an education course to obtain a waiver from the Drug Enforcement Agency. It also gives clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and certified nurse-midwives five-years authority to prescribe MAT if they obtain the same waiver.
She has also called for an expansion of federal investment in research and development of non-opioid painkilling drugs as well as more treatment capacity by increasing the number of beds in-patient centers have by repelling an execution that prevents Medicaid from paying facilities with more than 16 beds. Click here to read more on Senator Klobuchar’s $100 billion plan to combat opioids and addiction.
Health System Transformation
Senator Klobuchar is a cosponsor of the Medicare-X Choice Act of 2019 (S. 981) which would build on the Medicare framework to establish a public insurance plan offered on the individual and small business health exchanges, allowing Americans to choose among the existing private insurance plans or a public option.
Amy Klobuchar earned the financial support of the ANA-PAC in the past. Previous financial support from ANA-PAC does not indicate ANA’s endorsement of this candidate for President of the United States.
Additional Health Care Information
In the South Carolina debate in February 2020, Senator Klobuchar directly referenced the impending nursing shortage. She said that “we’re going to have a million openings for home health care workers, particularly in rural areas, that we don’t know how to fill. We’re going to have over 100,000 openings for nursing assistants. We’re not going to have a shortage of sports marketing degrees. We’re going to have a shortage of plumbers and nurses.”
The Senator also made reference to loan buyback programs that she would want to put in place saying “so putting incentives in place with how we do loan payback, making one- and two-year degrees free, and then of course creating loan payback programs if people will go, especially medical students, into rural areas.”
According to her campaign website. Senator Klobuchar’s health care priorities include lowering prescription drug prices, making health care accessible and more affordable via universal coverage; preserving access to health care in rural and underserved areas; rewarding high-quality, efficient care; investing in science; utilizing technology, reducing costs for small businesses; caring for seniors and those with disabilities; incentivizing preventive care and wellness; and tackling health care fraud.