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Federal Legislation Relevant to Nurse Practitioners

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Advocacy Center has information on current federal legislation that's important to NPs and makes it easy to stay informed and active on the national level. The Advocacy Center makes direct communication with New Mexico's senators and representatives easy. Our New Mexico congressional members are:

  • Senator Martin Heinrich
  • Senator Tom Udall
  • Representative Debra Haaland (District 1)
  • Representative Xochitl Torres Small (District 2)
  • Representative Ben Luján (District 3)

If you don't know who your representative is, go to www.house.gov and enter your zip code in the "Find Your Representative" box at the top right of the page. Or you can download a map of New Mexico showing the congressional districts here.

Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2019

Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Benjamin Carmin (D-MA) introduced S296, the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2019 on January 31. This bill would authorize NPs to order home health care services for their patients without documentation from a physician. On April 9, Representatives Janice Schakowsky (D-IL) and Earl Carter (R-GA) introduced a companion bill, HR2150 in the House of Representatives. As of June 11, no New Mexico senator or representative is a co-sponsor of either bill. Ask both our New Mexico senators and your district's representative to add their support to this important legislation by co-sponsoring these bills.The AANP makes it easy to do this - go to their Advocacy Center and click on the box labeled Take Action Now on Home Health.

Promoting Access to Diabetic Shoes Act

Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced S237, the Promoting Access to Diabetic Shoes Act on January 28. This bill would authorize NPs to certify their patients' need for therapeutic shoes. The same day, Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Tom Reed (R-NY) introduced a companion bill, HR808 in the House of Representatives. As of June 11, Representative Ben Luján is the only New Mexico congressional member who is a co-sponsor. Ask Senators Heinrich and your district's representative to add their support to this important legislation as co-sponsors of these bills. It's easy to do this - go to the AANP Advocacy Center and click on the box labeled Improve Medicare Patient Access to Needed Diabetic Shoes.


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Newsletter 2019 Q2

Click below to read the June issue, featuring a new series of articles.




Research Findings on Effect of ACA Released at American Society of Clinical Oncology Conference
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