Federal Legislation and Agencies

2021 NASN Legislative Priorities

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NASN supports the Nurses for Under-Resourced Schools Everywhere (Nurse) Act, which would recognize the critical role of school nurses in providing students access to quality health care so that they are safe, healthy, and ready to learn. The NURSE Act was introduced by Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) in the Senate and Representative Dina Titus (D-NV) introduced the companion bill in the House of Representatives. Members of Congress are urged to ensure that all children have access to a School Nurse.

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NASN urges immediate passage of the Pandemic Child Hunger Prevention Act, which would provide all children with free meals during 2020-2021 school year. This legislation would provide children breakfast, lunch and a snack at school either at school, through a “grab and go” or other delivery option. This legislation was introduced by Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA) of the House Education and Labor Committee.

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NASN urges Congress to pass The Improving the Social Determinants of Health Act that would authorize the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create a new program that would prioritize the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) – those factors that affect health and can acerbate other conditions. SDOH are those conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play and worship. This legislation was introduced by Representative Nanette Diaz Barragan (D-CA), HR 379, as well as Senators Tina Smith (D-MN) and Chris Murphy (D-CT).

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Advocacy Letters and Activities

Federal Legislation


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.

School Nurse Guide to ESSA

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