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Nurse Practitioners Urge Congress to Ensure Health Care Access for All

Austin, TX As Congress considers legislation to reform the health care system, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) calls on policymakers to adopt patient-focused health care reforms that improve all patients access to care and assures their choice of health care providers.

AANP will continue to work with Congress in a bipartisan fashion to ensure that all patients have access to the health care they need, through Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance or other means, said AANP President Cindy Cooke. NPs delivered high-quality and affordable care in more than 870 million patient visits last year alone and play a critical role in Americas health care system. As a voice for the nations 222,000 NPs and the patients they serve, we encourage our leaders to make patient-centered policy the priority.

AANP implores Congress to protect and fortify patient-focused care by:

  • Ensuring that all patients have access to health care with affordable coverage options regardless of pre-existing conditions;

  • Protecting patients access to health care delivered by the provider of their choice, including nurse practitioners and other advanced practice registered nurses;

  • Upholding the principles of Essential Health Benefits;

  • Preserving patients access to Medicaid;

  • Improving the Medicare Systems efficiency by removing barriers to practice and eliminating duplication of provider efforts; and

  • Maintaining the nations commitment to improving its health care workforce.

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. It represents the interests of the more than 222,000 licensed NPs in the U.S. AANP provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NP patients and other health care consumers. As The Voice of the Nurse Practitioner, AANP represents the interests of NPs as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered health care. To locate a nurse practitioner in your community, go to For more information about NPs, visit