On the Issues
Congressman Ryan is a member of the Congressional Nursing Caucus.
Congressman Ryan cosponsored the Home Health Planning Improvement Act of 2017 (H.R. 1825) in the previous 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.
He also cosponsored the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health care and Social Service Workers Act (H.R. 1309). This legislation 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 Ryan has similarly cosponsored the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2019 (H.R. 728) which would reauthorize nursing workforce development programs through fiscal year 2024. Title VIII provides the largest source of federal funding for nursing education.
Congressman Ryan voted for the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6) that became law in the last 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.
He is also a co-chair of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus and member of the Bipartisan Heroine Task Force to combat the heroin epidemic.
Health System Transformation
Congressman Ryan is a cosponsor of the Medicare for All Act of 2019 (H.R. 1384). This bill establishes a national health insurance program that is administered by the Department of Health and Human Services and which would cover all U.S. residents.