Recent Legislative Changes

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American Association of Nurse Practitioners - Recent Legislative Changes

With a focus on health promotion, disease prevention and health education and counseling, NPs guide patients in making smarter health and lifestyle choices. To continue to provide that high level of patient-focused care, and to continue to serve as a trusted resource for patients, it’s important that NPs delve deeper into how legislative changes could affect their practice.

AANP provides comprehensive support on breaking legislative changes at the federal and state level. For state-level legislation, visit the AANP State Policy Tracker.

Affordable Care Act (ACA)

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law in March 2010. From general background information to consumer resources and patient education tools for NPs, AANP charts legislative changes on health insurance in the U.S.

Review ACA Tools and Resources

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Final Rule

On December 14, 2016, the VA published a final rule granting veterans direct access to care by NPs. AANP has a library of press releases, statements and resources for NPs in the VA system.

Review VA Final Rule Tools and Resources

Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA)

On July 22, 2016, President Obama signed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) in to law. AANP has the information you need on the qualifications for NPs.

Review CARA Tools and Resources