Today, Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) introduced the “Improving Care and Access to Nurses (ICAN) Act” in the U.S. Senate. This legislation will make a real difference for our patients by eliminating many of the barriers to the use of the highest-quality healthcare services provided by advanced practice registered nurses, including CRNAs. Ask your U.S. Senators to sign on as cosponsors today.
As you know, the “ICAN Act” was introduced in the U.S. House in April and we’re thrilled to now see this legislation in the Senate. The “ICAN Act” was drafted by a coalition of nursing groups including the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology, American Nurses Association, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the American College of Nurse-Midwives. You can read a summary of the legislation here.
Now, we need to get as many bipartisan cosponsors to this legislation as possible. The AANA is hard at work talking with legislators about the benefits this legislation will bring to patients and providers in their communities. As a constituent, your Senators report to you and need to know you support this legislation. Please follow the instructions below to ask your U.S. Senators to cosponsor this important legislation to remove barriers to your practice today! If you haven’t already contacted your Representative, you can do that through the link as well.
Instructions for contacting your legislators:
1. Click here or text ICAN to 40649.
2. Follow the prompts to be directed to pre-written emails to your U.S. Senators and Representative. Please personalize the emails so that they are not seen as form letters.
3. Click “send letter.”
4. Ask your friends, family, and colleagues to contact their legislators as well.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact AANA Federal Government Affairs at email@example.com or 202-484-8400.
Thank you for all you do for our patients and our profession!
Angela Mund, DNP, CRNA
(copy provided by AANA)