On the Issues
Senator Bennet cosponsored the Home Health Planning Improvement Act of 2017 (S. 445) during the previous session of Congress. This legislation 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 Bennet signed onto two nursing-related ‘Dear Colleague’ letters in this session of Congress (Agency on Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and Title VIII). 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 AHRQ while the Title VIII letter requests $266 million in appropriations funding for future nursing education.
Senator Bennet 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.
Senator Bennet introduced the Opioid Crisis Accountability Act (S. 1584). This legislation would assess a general fine on all opioid manufacturers and distributers who produce or distribute opioid drugs covered by federal health programs during the period from January 1, 1993, through present day. The collected fees would create a fund to support programs and activities to combat the opioid crisis.
Health Care Reform
Senator Bennet introduced the Medicare-X Choice Act of 2019 (S. 981). This legislation 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 existing private insurance plans or a public one.
Michael Bennet 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.