Members of Congress Discuss Aging Population, Growing Demand for Nurses
Secretary Burwell States the Importance of Allowing Nurses to “Operate at the Top of their License”
On Wednesday, February 24, the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on the President’s fiscal year 2017 budget request for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Secretary Sylvia Burwell testified at the hearing and fielded questions on issues of concern to the members of the Committee, and two Representatives raised the issue of the growing demand for nurses with an aging population.
Representative Lois Capps (D-CA-24) highlighted the importance of federal investment in the training and retention of the nursing workforce. Rep. Capps has introduced the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2713) to reauthorize Title VIII programs supporting the training, education, recruitment and retention of a qualified health care workforce.
“Our nation faces the challenge of caring for a growing patient population with limited resources,” Rep. Capps said. “Title VIII provides critical federal grants for nursing schools and organizations to advance their educational programs, promote diversity in the field, re-pay loans for nursing students who work in facilities with critical shortages, and train geriatric nurses.”
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