On the Issues
Sestak cosponsored the Nurses’ Higher Education and Loan Repayment Act of 2009 (H.R. 1460), and the Nurse Training and Retention Act of 2009. (H.R. 2731). H.R. 1460 would have established a graduate degree loan repayment program for nurses who become nursing school faculty members. Meanwhile H.R. 2731 would have directed the Secretary of Labor to establish a partnership grant program to award matching grants to eligible entities to carry out comprehensive programs to provide education to nurses and create a pipeline to nursing for incumbent ancillary health care workers who wish to advance their careers. Neither bill was passed into law.
Sestak believes that “the federal government should be leading a multi-pronged approach to dealing with opioid addiction and states should rework their Medicaid programs to boost reimbursements paid to providers of addiction treatment services — as Virginia has implemented with their Addiction and Recovery Treatment Services program — because addiction treatment providers are generally underpaid by health insurers.” Sestak also calls on “prisons to improve access to addiction treatment, including all available medications, and to increase funding for training programs to help doctors better understand the complexities of addiction care.”
Health Care Reform
During his time in Congress, Sestak voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590).On his campaign website, Sestak listed “Restore the Affordable Care Act and advance it with a public option to expand access to health insurance” as his top health care priority.
Rep. Sestak earned the financial support of the ANA-PAC in the past. Financial support from ANA-PAC does not indicate ANA has endorsed this candidate for President of the United States.
Additional Health Care Information
One of Sestak’s other health care priorities, according to his campaign website, is to “remedy our shortage of nurses and doctors, particularly primary care physicians, as we change to integrated national health care.”