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2013-2016 ANA-Illinois Legislative Platform

Access to Quality Care
ANA-Illinois supports legislation that:

  • Assures that essential health care services are available to all people of Illinois provided through a financing mechanism which promotes (1) universal access; (2) eliminates administrative waste; and (3) fosters public accountability.
  • Advocates for health care clients' rights to: availability of information, choice of health care professional (including APNs), monitored outcomes of care provided by health plans, protection mechanisms, advocacy, and access to information about the effects of acquisitions, mergers, and closures.
  • Assures quality health care to populations whose health care needs have been neglected, especially vulnerable populations such as children, pregnant women, older adults, the chronically mentally ill, the disadvantaged, homeless people, minorities, persons with HIV/AIDS and those who have difficulty in obtaining health insurance because of preexisting conditions.
  • Expands and advocates for the development of alternative non-institutional health care services, including but not limited to home and community nursing services.
  • Improves direct access by health care clients to the services of nurses.
  • Increases access to primary health care and sexual equity in health insurance coverage.
  • Provides appropriate mental health services for all age groups.
  • Support placing registered nurses in all elementary and secondary schools.
  • Supports substance abuse education and treatment.
  • Provides access to family planning services.
  • Provides adequate health care and physically safe environments for residents of correctional facilities.
  • Efforts to maintain individual rights to seek redress for wrong doings while controlling any exorbitant increase in the cost of professional liability insurance.
  • Legislation that provides for quality state-of-the-art pain management, pain management education of healthcare professionals and consumers, alleviation of obstacles for providers of pain management and the balancing of pain management therapies and access with the concerns of drug diversion.

Funding Nursing Education and Research
ANA-Illinois supports:

  • Legislation that promotes public funding for nursing education and research to assure the delivery of and access to quality nursing care services.
  • Continued funding and activities of the National Center for Nursing Research.
  • Continued funding and activities for the Illinois Center for Nursing.
  • Continued funding in activities that support access to nursing education.
  • Legislation that promotes innovative and quality nursing education in Illinois.

Financing Health Care
ANA-Illinois supports:

  • Appropriations providing adequate health care for all populations.
  • Legislation that reduces health care costs without compromising quality.
  • Provisions for long term care, including public and private funding for services of short duration and extended care if health care clients' resources are exhausted.
  • Support an equitable tax base and other methods which will provide adequate funding for needed social and health services and state agency oversight.
  • Cost containment incentives in the health care delivery system that applies to all providers, all payers and vendors, and those which are based on continued review of appropriateness of health care services.
  • Professional review of health care services with regard to the appropriateness and quality of services provided by all health professionals.

Advance the Profession of Nursing
ANA-Illinois supports:

  • Regulations that safeguard the ability of registered nurses to practice within the parameters of the Nurse Practice Act.
  • Legislation that provides for representation of registered nursing on health policy-making and advisory boards.
  • Legislation and regulations which require RN staffing when the work necessitates the professional knowledge, competence and skill level of a RN.
  • Legislation that preserves and enhances of the specialty role of registered nurses in advanced practice nursing and allows for independent practice for APNs.
  • Legislation that enables nurses to function within their full scope of practice and education.
  • Legislation that supports equitable provider reimbursement for advance practice nurses.
  • The responsibility of the State Board of Nursing to define and regulate the practice of nursing.
  • Active opposition to legislation which would encroach upon professional nursing practice.
  • Legislation that defines, recognizes and expands nursing and advanced practice nursing.
  • Legislation requiring school health services to be coordinated and managed by certificated school nurses or advanced practice nurses.
  • Active opposition of any attempt to hire or substitute non-nurses to practice professional nursing as defined by the Illinois Nurse Practice Act.
  • Legislation that enacts Multistate Licensure Compact for Registered Nurses that is congruent with our position statement recommendations.
  • The right of nurses to be represented as a separate group of health care professionals.
  • Legislation that secures direct reimbursement for nursing services.
  • Legislation that promotes healthcare reimbursement for nurses and nursing services.
  • Articulate, advocate and provide workforce advocacy solutions to equip nurses in shaping their work environment toward patient and nurse safety.
  • Legislation that supports a culture of safety for the patient and nurse and a zero tolerance for violence.
  • Support measures that create a work environment where nurses are respected, valued, and included as decision makers in the healthcare delivery system.
  • Legislation that would provide rehabilitation and return to work of nurses impaired by drugs or alcohol.

Public Health
ANA-Illinois supports:

  • Legislation that restores and strengthens the statewide public health infrastructure.
  • Legislation protecting the public and health care providers from environmental and occupational health hazards.
  • The development of standard operating procedures to identify and resolve toxic chemical contamination.
  • Legislation to curtail driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
  • Legislation mandating education and prevention techniques as the best methods for preventing the transmission of AIDS.
  • Appropriations that provide adequate funding for all public health services.
  • Public health initiatives to reduce or eliminate violent crime.
  • Legislation promoting firearms safety.
  • A united effort against the health hazard of smoking.

Human Rights
ANA-Illinois supports:

  • The basic right of all people of Illinois to equity under the law regardless of race, creed, color, sex, age, physical disability, life-style, martial or civil union status, or sexual orientation.
  • Allowing patients to designate their own advance directives for health care.
  • Information sharing with health care clients regarding alternative health care providers, options for diagnostic procedures, treatments and health care costs>
  • The rights of victims (child/person abuse or violent acts) for the provision of needed care at no cost to the victims.
  • The right of individuals to make choices about their reproductive health in accord with their own beliefs.
  • The availability of voluntary, anonymous HIV testing with informed consent and appropriate counseling by qualified health care professionals, and accessibility to anonymous testing and counseling about health practices by those seeking services at drug rehabilitation, sexually transmitted diseases, and family planning clinics.
  • Legislation that opposes discrimination and assures the civil and human rights of persons inflicted with disease.
  • The rights of all for access to quality pain management for acute, chronic and end of life pain to minimize suffering and improve quality of life, functionality, irrespective of diagnosis, age and culture.

Disaster and Pandemic Preparedness
ANA-Illinois supports:

  • Legislation that assures the role of the nurse is adequately described and protected in any disaster and/or pandemic planning proposal.
  • Legislation that includes disaster and pandemic preparedness in nursing school curricula.
  • Legislation that promotes safety measures for nurses who participate in disaster recovery.
  • Legislation to encourage appropriate funding for disaster and pandemic preparedness for nurses.
  • Legislation that assures the appropriate funding for education of nurses in disaster and pandemic preparedness.
  • State laws and regulations which protect nurses' liability and immunity and insures nurse's rights to choose to participate in a community response.
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