The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, representing more than 8,500 pediatric nurse practitioners and pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses committed to providing optimal health care to children, is deeply disappointed by the fiscal year 2018 budget proposal released today (May 23) by the Trump administration. We strongly oppose the proposal to eliminate more than 60 percent of the current funding for federal nursing workforce development program that provide critically important education and clinical experience to prepare the nurses and advanced practice nurses essential to meet the nation’s health care needs, particularly in rural and underserved areas where the need is most severe.
We are also extremely concerned that the administration has proposed only a two-year extension of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, along with eliminating policies that ensure that states preserve historically high coverage levels and provide the financial support to sustain that coverage. NAPNAP continues to support the recommendations of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) that call for a five-year extension of CHIP funding, along with a commensurate extension of requirements that state maintain their eligibility and enrollment policies and of enhanced federal funding to support state efforts.
NAPNAP looks forward to working with thoughtful members of Congress to pass a sustainable budget that meets the needs of children and families by preserving access to health care coverage and by educating and supporting the nursing workforce essential to meeting those needs.