On the Issues
Senator Gillibrand cosponsored the Home Health Planning Improvement Act of 2017 (S. 445) in the previous session of Congress. This bill would have allowed nurse practitioners (NPs), clinical nurse specialists (CNSs), and certified nurse midwives (CNMs) to order home health care services had the legislation passed.
Senator Gillibrand is a cosponsor of the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health care and Social Service Workers Act (S. 851) in this session of Congress. 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.
The senator also signed onto two nursing ‘Dear Colleague’ letters 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 Gillibrand 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.
Health Care Reform
Senator Gillibrand is 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.
Kirsten Gillibrand 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.