CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Monday, November 14, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 2713, the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act. H.R. 2713 was introduced on June 10, 2015, by Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) and was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, which ordered the bill reported, as amended, by voice vote on September 21, 2016.
H.R. 2713 reauthorizes the Nursing Workforce Development Programs by providing an authorization of appropriations at FY 2016 appropriated levels—$268.2 million for each fiscal year 2017 through 2021.The bill also makes certain program eligibility changes.
The Nursing Workforce Development Programs, as authorized by Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act in 1964, help meets the nation’s demand for a greater number of highly-educated nurses. Administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, these programs address various aspects of nursing workforce demand, including education, practice, recruitment, and retention. The programs support nursing education at all levels, by providing grants to help support advanced nursing education, including loan repayment and scholarship programs, a nurse faculty loan program, workforce diversity grants, and comprehensive geriatric education programs.  The authorization for most of these programs expired in 2014. H.R. 2713 reauthorizes these programs at FY 2016 funding levels through FY 2021.
According to the bill’s sponsor, “Nurses are the backbone of our health care system. We need to keep that backbone strong. This is exactly what Title VIII has done for over 50 years by supporting nursing education at all levels, from entry-level preparation through graduate study. These are targeted investments in the recruitment, retention, and distribution of these highly education professionals, and it is crucial to ensure that they continue and are available for years to come.”
 See AACN Legislative Brief.
 See Rep. Lois Capps Press Release, “Capps Applauds Committee Passage of Title VIII Reauthorization Bill,” September 21, 2016.
A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate is not currently available. According to the Committee, this legislation is CUTGO compliant.
For questions or further information please contact John Huston with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 6-5539.