On the Issues
U.S. Nurse Cadet Corp.
Senator Warren is the sponsor 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.
She also cosponsored the Home Health Planning Improvement Act of 2017 (S. 445) in the previous session of Congress which would have allowed nurse practitioners (NPs), clinical nurse specialists (CNSs), and certified nurse midwives (CNMs) to order home health care services had this legislation passed.
The Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act (S. 851) is another bill Senator Warren cosponsored. S. 851 would require the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 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 Warren also signed onto two nursing ‘Dear Colleagues’ in this Congress (Agency on Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and 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 AHRQ letter requests $460 million in appropriations funding for the agency while the Title VIII letter requests $266 million in appropriations funding for future nursing education.
Senator Warren 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 introduced an updated version of the CARE Act that would allocate $100 billion over 10 years to fight the opioid crisis.
Health System Transformation
Senator Warren is also a cosponsor of the Medicare for All Act of 2019 (S. 1129). This bill would transition the United States to a single-payer health care system where a government-run plan provides insurance coverage to all Americans.