ANA call for public review and comments
The American Nurses Association has three draft documents currently available for public review and
comment: Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice; Nursing Administration: Scope and Standards of
Practice; and Nursing's Social Policy Statement 2003. The public review period provides nurses
throughout the country the opportunity to read, review, reflect, react, and respond with recommendations
and comments. The deadline for comments is March 14, 2003 for the two scope and standards of practice
documents and April 4, 2003 for the social policy statement. To view the documents and submit
comments visit http://www.nursingworld.org/practice/.
One-stop shopping for government benefits
A new web site, www.GovBenefits.gov has been designed to help Americans learn if they are eligible to
receive government benefits. The one-stop resource, allows users to confidentially answer a short series
of simple, yes/no questions and receive a list of benefit programs for which he, she or a person for whom
they are seeking information, is eligible. The site consolidates information from hundreds of federal
assistance programs and federally funded programs managed by state and local governments currently
spread across nearly 31 million federal government Web pages.
The site is designed to help any citizen, social service caseworker, professional, faith-based organization,
community center, library, college or university, federal, state, local benefit agency, or other interested
party determine the full spectrum of benefit programs that are available. Whether it’s a direct payment, a
loan, insurance, training, or other assistance, there may be a government benefit program that can help.
Getting information is easy as 1-2-3.
It’s As Easy As 1-2-3
Step 1: Go to www.GovBenefits.gov and check all the categories that apply.
Step 2: Choose to see a personalized or category list of benefits programs.
Step 3: Answer questions to determine your potential eligibility.
RESULT: Receive a customized Benefits Report detailing the programs that you may be eligible to
receive and instructions on how to apply.
Bush administration’s FY 2004 budget proposes $1.75 billion for New Freedom Initiative
A new $1.75 billion, five-year program to help Americans with disabilities transition from nursing homes
or other institutions to living in the community is a part of President Bush’s 2004 proposed budget. The
Bush administration says it's just one of several new efforts in the budget for the administration's New
Freedom Initiative. View the Department of Health and Human Services press release at
Nurse loan forgiveness program introduced in Congress
In a bipartisan effort to generate an increase in registered nurses nationwide, U.S. Representative Rep.
Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) joined Tom Tancredo (R-CO) to introduce H.R. 501, The Nurse Loan
Forgiveness Act of 2003. This legislation would establish a loan forgiveness program to create an
incentive for individuals entering the nursing profession.
Nurse Reinvestment Act funded for $20 million in the U.S. Senate
The American Nurses Association (ANA) applauded the U.S. Senate for approving $20 million in new
federal funds for the Nurse Reinvestment Act as part of the omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year
2003. View the full press release at http://www.nursingworld.org/pressrel/2003/pr0124.htm.
Reaction to President Bush’s State of the Union Address
View the Medicare Reform Plans Featured in Bush's State of the Union Address at
View reaction to health proposals in State of the Union Address from Newspapers, Columnists, and