Legislative Priorities Legislative Agenda ~ 2nd Session of the 113th Congress - This fact sheet provides an overview of ANNA's legislative priorities in the 113th Congress. (Posted April 2014) ANNA Supports Increased Fiscal Year 2015 Funding for the Nursing Workforce Development Programs at HRSA - ANNA supports the national nursing community’s request of $251 million in funding for the Nursing Workforce Development Programs at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in Fiscal Year 2015. (Posted April 2014) ANNA Supports Increased Fiscal Year 2015 Funding for Biomedical Research and Patient Safety - ANNA requests $2.066 billion funding for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) in Fiscal Year 2015. (Posted April 2014) Support the Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act of 2014 (H.R. 4814) - ANNA urges Congress to cosponsor legislation that seeks to improve federal policy related to caring for individuals with chronic kidney disease (CKD) by addressing gaps in critical research; improve beneficiary access to treatments for CKD; and create economic stability for providers caring for individuals with CKD. (Posted June 2014) Protect Access to Lifesaving Care by Refraining from Additional Cuts - ANNA urges Congress to prevent any additional freezes or payment reductions to funding for outpatient dialysis care. (Posted June 2013) Extend Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Recipients - To ensure the success of transplants and improve patients’ quality of life, ANNA encourages Congress to pass the Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act of 2013 (S. 323/H.R. 1428) to extend coverage for these life-saving drugs. (Posted June 2013) Legislative Background Materials Legislative Tracking Chart ~ 113th Congress, 2nd Session (Posted October 2014) Fiscal Year 2015 Appropriations Funding Priorities (Posted December 2014) Overview: Brief History of Medicare End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Reimbursement - This fact sheet provides a brief history of some of the major changes in reimbursement for the Medicare ESRD program since its enactment in 1972. (Posted June 2013) Comprehensive ESRD Care Model Frequently Asked Questions - On February, 4, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new Comprehensive End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Care Model. This fact sheet provides additional information about CMS’ project. (Posted March 2013) Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act - The enactment of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) marked the first major overhaul to Medicare's ESRD program in over a decade. This fact sheet provides an overview of the ESRD Program Reforms in MIPPA. (Posted June 2012) Overview: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148) - Congress’ passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148) and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (P.L. 111-152), together referred to as “The Affordable Care Act” (ACA), made the largest change to our nation’s health care system since the Medicare program was created in 1965. While the ACA contained countless provisions impacting the access and delivery of care, there are a few items of particular importance to ANNA members. (Posted June 2012) Additional Materials & Resources Background on Relevant Federal Committees, Commissions, and Task Forces (Posted October 2014) Nursing Workforce Development Programs (Posted July 2014) Institute of Medicine (IOM) Future of Nursing Report Download the Institute of Medicine Report on the Future of Nursing at Future of Nursing™ Campaign for Action. Download the summary of what ANNA is currently doing or has done that addresses the IOM Future of Nursing report.