Federal Legislation and Agencies

2018 NASN Legislative Priorities

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NASN supports the Nurses for Under-Resourced Schools Everywhere (Nurse) Act, which is a demonstration grant program to fund School Nurses based on Title I designation (free and reduced lunch and breakfast). Poverty is frequently an indicator of health needs. All students should be able to have their health needs safely met while in the school setting. The current reality is that students today have greater healthcare needs than in past generations. Students cannot meet their full potential with unmet heath needs. Members of Congress are urged to ensure that all children have access to a School Nurse.

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NASN thanks Congress for reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years and then extending it for an additional four years to bring CHIP’s full coverage to ten years through Fiscal Year 2027. CHIP finances quality health coverage for nine million children in families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid but too low to afford private health coverage. NASN has long supported CHIP and other programs that help ensure all children are covered by quality, affordable health insurance. NASN thanks Members of Congress for ensuring that our children have access to this vitally important health insurance program.

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NASN supports the continued access of children to healthcare through Medicaid in the Schools and opposes attempts to implement block grant or per capita caps. Increasingly, schools are partners in health promotion and interventions of students’ physical and mental health so that they can be healthy, safe, and ready to learn. NASN has long supported CHIP, Medicaid and other programs that help ensure all children are covered by and have access to quality affordable health insurance.

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NASN urges Congress to pass the Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR). Congress failed to reauthorize this important nutritional program that ensures children have access to breakfast and lunch. Every day, 32 million children receive school lunches and 12 million receive school breakfasts through the US Department of Agriculture’s School Lunch and School Breakfast Program. Schools meals often provide half of a student’s daily caloric intake. For a child who experiences food insecurity, school meals are a lifeline. NASN urges Congress not to weaken the current Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) that has helped ensure millions of children have access to regular meals.

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What School Nurses Need to Know

Talking Points for School Nurses

Implementation Comments from NASN to the U.S. Department of Education August 1, 2016

Implementation Comments from NASN to the U.S. Department of Education May 25, 2016

Comments for Federal Register: Implementing Programs under Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act January 21, 2016


Free Care Rule: Medicaid Payment for Services Provided without Charge 
A letter from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services sent to State Medicaid Directors.

Health Reform

Health Reform website from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Healthcare.gov website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

InsureKidsNow.gov website managed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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See also

Advocacy Education Scholarship

National School Nurse Day

Professional Practice Documents

Public Policy Official Recognition Award

White Papers and Fact Sheets

School Nurse Guide to ESSA

This recording is from a session presented at the 2016 NASN Annual Conference.