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

Urge Congress to Fund Nursing and Health Care

The House Appropriations Committee has approved legislation that would cut Fiscal Year 2025 spending for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by $7.5 billion and eliminate funds for the Nursing Workforce Diversity Program and other programs affecting children’s health from suicide prevention to tobacco cessation. The full House has yet to vote on this proposal, and Senate appropriators have yet to release their own plan for HHS funding. It is important for members of Congress to hear directly from pediatric advanced practice nurses in their states and districts about the critical need to provide adequate, sustained funding to support children’s health care.

Please contact your Representative and your Senators NOW to urge them not to accept these severe funding cuts and to work on a bipartisan budget that will provide adequate resources to address pediatric nursing workforce shortages and meet children’s health care needs. In the blue box to the right, simply fill in your info, click next, review and/or customize the communication 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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