Washington D.C. | February 14, 2016 – America’s leading nursing organizations and the over 3.5 million nurses they represent, today called on the Trump Administration and Congress to prioritize patient health and the patient-provider relationship in any health reform proposals.
As lawmakers consider legislation to repeal, replace or fundamentally alter the Affordable Care Act, nursing organizations affirmed their shared commitment to advancing patient-centered health care and health care policies that reflect the following:
- Ensure patients access to health care with affordable coverage options, regardless of their preexisting conditions;
- Uphold the principles of including essential health benefits, including providing patients with access to ambulatory care, emergency services, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, mental health services and addiction treatment, prescription drugs, rehabilitative services and devices, laboratory services, preventive services, wellness services and chronic disease management, and pediatric services;
- Protect patients’ access to receive health care delivered by the provider of their choice, including advanced practice registered nurses, which include, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, midwives and nurse anesthetists, and ensure this care is covered by their insurer;
- Maintain the nation’s commitment to strengthen its health care workforce;
- Create greater efficiency in the Medicare system by retiring barriers to practice and eliminate duplication of health care providers’ efforts. We firmly believe that our shared commitment to patient-centered health care will advance the best interests of patients and the health of our nation.