NPs are an important puzzle piece to solve our VA crisis
By now, all have read, heard or experienced the crisis our VA system is encountering. Change is evident. We know in some states, the NP role in the VAH is highly valued and works in tandem with other providers to care for our veterans. Some VAs are not broken. But sadly, nationwide VAH does not have the same vision for all NPs. We will need change at the FEDERAL level to have the VA Admin recognize NPs' ability to practice to their full scope throughout the VHA system. So what are you doing to help our colleagues in the VA? Here's an update from AANP - join in and help create an exemplar model of VA care that is deserving for those who fought and risked all for us! Why not write that letter or email today!
FROM AANP EMIAL: Status Update on VA As we move closer to the August recess, lawmakers in Washington, D.C. continue work on crafting a legislative package that will ensure America's veterans receive the quality care they deserve. The Veterans Affairs (VA) committees in the House and Senate will be holding hearings this week on how to improve the health care provided at the VA. Additionally, the Conference committee, tasked with constructing a VA legislative package that is capable of passing both the House and Senate, will continue its work on this important issue with plans to meet this week. While work surrounding legislation is occurring, Senators are also meeting with VA Secretary Nominee Robert McDonald prior to his confirmation hearings which are yet to be scheduled.
While all of this work is occurring, AANP is ensuring that Members of Congress are hearing from NPs in their state regarding the important role NPs play in the VA. NPs are emphasizing to their Congressional Members that by increasing the number of NPs in the VA and allowing them to practice to their full scope throughout the system would improve the level of care provided by the VA to our veterans. Please use the links provided to find editorials written by AANP members that ran in the Burlington Free Press and the Arizona Republic. AANP will continue to work with our members to ensure Members of Congress hear from their constituents regarding NPs in the VA.
As Members of Congress continue to craft and pass legislation that will improve the care that our veterans receive, and as they continue to examine Mr. McDonald regarding his confirmation as Secretary of the VA, AANP asks that you send letters to Members of Congress asking them to support the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) plan to recognize NPs' ability to practice to their full scope throughout the VHA system and the VA's current Acting Secretary, Sloan Gibson, to support and implement the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) plan to recognize NPs' ability to practice to their full scope throughout the VHA system. Because of your efforts, AANP has sent over 10,000 letters to Members of Congress and more than 300 letters directly to the Department of Veterans Affairs regarding the importance of recognizing NPs to their full scope throughout the VA system. AANP believes strongly that we must continue to send letters encouraging the VA to move forward with this important policy.