NAPNAP Reacts to Changes to American Health Care Act

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 committed to providing optimal health care for children, is deeply disappointed in the changes to the “American Health Care Act” proposed Monday night by House leaders. These changes, including accelerating the termination of federal support for expanded state Medicaid coverage and giving states the option to receive federal Medicaid funding as a block grant, are inconsistent with NAPNAP’s primary goal of maintaining and increasing historic gains in children’s health coverage and access to care. With these provisions, the “American Health Care Act” is a step in the wrong direction to improve health care for children and families. We urge the House to reject these policies and work with NAPNAP and other children’s health providers to draft legislation that will improve access to affordable, high-quality care for our nation’s children.