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May 24, 2017 Legislation News

Emergency Nurses, Emergency Medical Service Providers and Children’s Advocates Oppose Proposal to Eliminate Emergency Medical Services for Children Program

The following organizations join the statement below, opposing President Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate funding for the EMSC program in his fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget: the American Ambulance Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Emergency Physicians, Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, Children’s Health Fund, Emergency Nurses Association, National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, National Association of State EMS Officials, National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Earth Institute, National EMS Management Association and Save the Children.

May 1, 2017 Day on the Hill Legislation

Emergency Nurses Association Members Descend on Capitol Hill to Fight for Better Emergency Care

More than 125 Emergency Nurses Association members visited Capitol Hill advocating for legislation that directly impacts emergency nursing. Day on the Hill is an opportunity for us to educate lawmakers about the issues facing emergency nurses and our patients, particularly as the future of healthcare in this country remains unknown...

September 30, 2016 Infectious Diseases Legislation News

ENA Praises Zika and Opioid Funding in Stopgap Spending Bill

ENA praised Congress for passing and President Obama for signing a short-term spending bill that includes funding to battle the Zika virus and the opioid epidemic, two of ENA’s top federal legislative priorities.

July 25, 2016 Legislation News

Emergency Nurses Association Praises Passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act

ENA applauded President Obama for signing into law the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). The new law represents a comprehensive response to the opioid epidemic including prevention, treatment, support for those in recovery and justice reform. CARA will create and expand critical programs to fight the scourge of abuse, addiction, overdose and death resulting from the rapidly-increasing use of prescription opioids and heroin. Many of CARA’s provisions are consistent with ENA’s support for efforts at the state level to expand access to treatment and emergency care through distribution and training on reversal agents such as Naloxone. ​

July 7, 2016 Legislation News

House Overwhelmingly Passes Comprehensive Mental Health Bill

ENA praised the U.S. House of Representatives for overwhelmingly passing comprehensive mental healthcare reform, H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. The bill would make more psychiatric hospital beds available, integrate and connect physical and mental health care providers and provide resources to communities for suicide prevention. In addition, it would allow more patients to be treated in our healthcare system instead of being incarcerated, expand crisis intervention team training for law enforcement and allow families to work with doctors and mental health professionals as part of the care delivery team.

June 30, 2016 Legislation News Workplace Violence

Delaware Closes Loophole in Law to Better Protect Emergency Nurses

In June 2016, Delaware became the latest state to better protect emergency nurses from assault. Gov. Jack Markell signed legislation to clarify under what circumstances emergency personnel are covered under the law governing assault in the second degree, which is a felony in Delaware.

May 10, 2016 Day on the Hill Legislation News

Emergency Nurses Association Urges Lawmakers to Pass Mental Health Reform and Support EMS Administration of Life-Saving Medications

Emergency Nurses Association members are on Capitol Hill advocating for legislation that directly impacts emergency nursing. More than 120 ENA members from across the U.S. are in Washington, DC, urging Congress to support comprehensive reforms to our nation’s mental health system, and legislation that will allow emergency medical services personnel to continue to operate under standing orders to administer controlled substances. May 11 is the association’s annual Day on the Hill event.

May 4, 2016 Legislation News Workplace Violence

Georgia Increases Penalties for Assault Against Emergency Nurses

In May 2016, Georgia became the latest state to enhance penalties for assaulting emergency nurses. Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation that increases punishments to five to 20 years for aggravated assault and aggravated battery when committed against hospital emergency department personnel and emergency medical services personnel.

April 20, 2016 Legislation News

Emergency Nurses Association Praises Senate for Including KITS in FAA Reauthorization Bill

ENA praises the U.S. Senate for including provisions of the Airplane Kids in Transit Safety (KITS) Act of 2016 in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill. The Senate passed the FAA bill yesterday. The KITS Act would require the FAA to update emergency medical kits on airplanes to ensure they contain appropriate medication and equipment to meet the emergency medical needs of children, including an epinephrine auto-injector.

March 31, 2016 Legislation News

Emergency Nurses Association Praises Utah for Increased Workplace Protection

Emergency healthcare workers in Utah will have more protection against workplace violence after Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill that increases the penalty for assault against healthcare providers or emergency medical workers when the assault causes substantial bodily injury.

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