Legislative Priorities and Outreach

2022 NASN Legislative Priorities

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NASN urges immediate passage of 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 supports The Tobacco Tax Equity Act that would increase and equalize tobacco taxes across the board. It will also tax E-cigarettes on the federal level for the first time ever. The Tobacco Tax Equity Act was introduced by Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL).

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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) as well as Senators Tina Smith (D-MN) and Chris Murphy (D-CT).

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Federal Legislation

American Rescue Plan (ARP)

What the ARP means for students and school, how funds be distributed, talking points, and more.


What School Nurses Need to Know

Talking Points for School Nurses

School Nurse Guide to ESSA Session presented at the 2016 NASN Annual Conference

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.

State Government Affairs

NASN’s advocacy is primarily focused on the federal level and NASN’s federal legislative priorities. However, if you are interested in state issues, please contact the school nurse organization in your state.

Advocacy Letters and Activities