On the Issues
U.S. Nurse Cadet Corp.
Congressman Moulton is a cosponsor of the United States Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act of 2019 (H.R. 2056). 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.
Congressman Moulton has similarly cosponsored the Home Health Planning Improvement Act of 2019 (H.R. 2150), which would allow nurse practitioners (NPs), clinical nurse specialists (CNSs), and certified nurse midwives (CNMs) to order home health care services.
The Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act (H.R. 1309) is another piece of legislation Congressman Moulton has cosponsored. H.R. 1309 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.
Congressman Moulton is also a cosponsor of the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2019 (H.R. 728) and the Promoting Access to Diabetic Shoes Act (H.R. 808). H.R. 728 would reauthorize nursing workforce development programs through fiscal year 2024. Title VIII provides the largest source of federal funding for nursing education. Meanwhile, H.R. 808 would enable a nurse practitioner or physician assistant to fulfill documentation requirements for coverage, under Medicare, of special shoes for diabetic individuals.
He also 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.
In April 2019, Congressman Moulton introduced the Fentanyl Sanctions Act (H.R. 2226) which would force China to stem the flow of synthetic opioids being trafficked into the United States.
Congressman Moulton also cosponsored the Addiction Treatment Access Improvement Act of 2017 (H.R. 3692) which would have revised the qualifications required for a practitioner to administer, dispense, or prescribe narcotic drugs for maintenance or detoxification treatment in an office-based opioid treatment program, but did not pass in the House.
Congressman Moulton is a member of the Bipartisan Taskforce to Combat the Heroin Epidemic and has stated on his congressional website that “Ending the opioid epidemic requires that we prevent addiction before it starts and ensure that those battling addiction have access to the treatment resources they need. We must do everything we can to end the stigma and criminalization of this disease and ensure we are not punishing those who are in need of treatment.”
Congressman Moulton voted for the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2019 (H.R. 269), which became law in this session of Congress. H.R. 269 will strengthen our nation’s emergency preparedness and response efforts and modernize the nation’s regulatory framework for over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.
Health System Transformation
Congressman Moulton supports a public option for health care and has stated, “I welcome improvements to the ACA to achieve better outcomes at lower costs and improve coverage for more Americans, and that’s what we should be focused on in Congress,” on his congressional website.
Seth Moulton 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.