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Major Nurse Bill will Include FAH-Supported Loan Repayment Provision

May 10, 2019 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: Legislation

​This week, FAH sent a letter to Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Richard Burr (R-NC) thanking them for introducing the Title VIII Nursing Reauthorization Act of 2019

This legislation will extend critical nursing workforce development programs that invest in the education and training of our nation's nurses.

The bill also includes a provision vitally important to FAH member facilities - the Nursing Where It's Needed Act (Nursing WIN Act). This, which was originally introduced by Sens, Doug Jones (D-AL) and Todd Young (R-IN), would make nurses working at investor-owned critical shortage facilities eligible for an education loan repayment program.

In the letter, FAH President and CEO Chip Kahn wrote, "This legislation will play a vital role in ensuring that nurses continue to provide high-quality care to patients across the nation, including rural and underserved communities, by supporting nursing education, practice, recruitment and retention. We urge Congress to swiftly enact this legislation."

You can find the complete letter here.