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NAPNAP Disappointed with Senate's Latest Release

The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), the national association representing more than 8,500 pediatric nurse practitioners and fellow pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) committed to providing optimal health care for children, is disappointed to see the latest proposed changes to the “Better Care Reconciliation Act” released today (July 13) by Senate Republican leaders. Rather than taking positive steps to strengthen health insurance for children and their families, this legislation remained focused on terminating federal support for expanded state Medicaid coverage, capping critical funding for Medicaid coverage for children, and taking away protections that ensure early screening, diagnosis and treatment for children. The bill remains inconsistent with NAPNAP’s primary goal of maintaining and increasing historic gains in children’s health coverage, and we continue to urge the Senate to reject these policies and to work with NAPNAP and other children’s health providers to implement policies that will give our country’s children better access to more affordable, high-quality care, especially the services provided by pediatric APRNs.