Advocacy Center - NAPNAP

Advocacy Center

As pediatric-focused APRNs, you are advocating every day – for your patients, your students or your role as a health care leader. Join our community of experts in pediatrics and advocates for children in communicating with elected leaders and amplifying messages to benefit child health and advanced practice nursing. On this page, you can participate in our pre-formatted campaign or locate contact information for your elected leaders to call, email or tag in social media.  Additional functions and campaigns will be added soon.

Participate in Our Advocacy Campaigns

Call on Senate to expand the Child Tax Credit

Since the House overwhelmingly passed an extension of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) in January, the “Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act” (H.R. 7024) has been stalled in the Senate Finance Committee. The provisions of H.R. 7024 don’t go as far as the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act, but they would correct deficiencies in the current CTC for about 80 percent of families with low incomes who now do not receive the full credit, lifting an estimated 400,000 children above the poverty line.

Senators must not lose sight of the critical importance of addressing child poverty now by getting more of the credit to roughly 19 million children who currently receive only partial credit or none at all because their families’ incomes are too low. Your senators need to hear from children’s advocates including pediatric health care providers that it is critically important for them to pass this legislation without weakening provisions to address child poverty. Please contact your U.S. Senators NOW to ask them to support the “Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act” and improve the Child Tax Credit. In the blue box, simply fill in your information, click “Next,” review – and if you wish, customize – your message to your legislators and click “Submit.”

Campaign: Call on Congress to support the “Improving Care and Access to Nurses (ICAN) Act

Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) have joined Reps. Dave Joyce (R-OH) and Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) in introducing the “Improving Care and Access to Nurses (ICAN) Act” (S. 2418 and H.R. 2713), legislation that would remove a wide range of long-standing federal statutory and regulatory barriers that currently restrict Medicare and Medicaid patients’ access to care provided by NPs and APRNs. The ICAN Act would enable APRNs to utilize their clinical expertise to improve care for patients by:

  • Authorizing patients to receive Medicaid outpatient clinic services under the direction of NPs
  • Making permanent the waiver allowing Medicare and Medicaid hospital patients to be under the care of NPs
  • Authorizing NPs and CNSs to refer patients to dieticians or nutrition professionals

Please contact your members of Congress NOW to ask them to cosponsor the ICAN Act to increase patient access to high quality care provided by NPs and APRNs. In the blue box, simply fill in your info, click “Next,” review and/or customize the communication and click “Submit.”

Campaign: Your Elected Leaders Need Your Expertise

It is essential that NAPNAP members help build awareness about our profession and the key role that we play in delivering evidence-based, high quality pediatric health care. Take time to introduce (or reintroduce) yourself to your elected leaders – as a constituent and a health care leader. Start building relationships now so that elected officials better understand you and the issues you will raise during their terms. As an expert in pediatrics and an advocate for children, you are a valuable resource and influencer in your home district!

It’s quick and easy to advocate for child health and advanced practice nursing issues with our pre-formatted communication that sends directly to your elected leaders in Congress. In the blue box, simply fill in your info, click next, review and/or customize the communication and click submit. 

Key Legislation for Pediatric-focused APRNs

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