Description Assignment: Legislation Comparison Grid and Testimony/Advocacy Statement As a nurse, how often have you thought to yourself, If I had anything to do about it, things would work a little differently? Increasingly, nurses are beginning to realize that they do, in fact, have a role and a voice. Many nurses encounter daily experiences that motivate them to take on an advocacy role in hopes of impacting policies, laws, or regulations that impact healthcare issues of interest. Of course, doing so means entering the less familiar world of policy and politics. While many nurses do not initially feel prepared to operate in this space effectively, the reward is the opportunity to shape and influence future health policy. To Prepare: Part 1: Legislation Comparison Grid Based on the health-related bill (proposed, not enacted) you selected, complete the Legislation Comparison Grid Template. Be sure to address the following: Determine the legislative intent of the bill you have reviewed. Identify the proponents/opponents of the bill. Identify the target populations addressed by the bill. Where in the process is the bill currently? Is it in hearings or committees? Is it receiving press coverage? Part 2: Legislation Testimony/Advocacy Statement Based on the health-related bill you selected, develop a 1- to 2-page Legislation Testimony/Advocacy Statement that addresses the following: Advocate a position for the bill you selected and write testimony in support of your position. Describe how you would address the opponent to your position. Be specific and provide examples. Recommend at least one amendment to the bill in support of your position. Sample Solution: Legislation Comparison Grid Template Use this document to complete Part 1 of the Module 2 Assessment Legislation Comparison Grid and Testimony/Advocacy Statement Health-related Bill Name Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019 Bill Number H.R. 986 Description The bill proposes that Americans with preexisting conditions should pay less cost for healthcare services. The bill seeks approval of the government to provide states with waivers to execute the affordable cost for Americans with preexisting conditions (H.R. 986, 2019). The bill opposes the denial of care or high cost of healthcare for people who were born with certain diseases or conditions they cannot control (Molyneux, 2018). Federal or State? Federal Legislative Intent The legislative intent is to lower the cost and allow flexibility for Americans with preexisting conditions. Proponents/ Opponents Proponents: The supporters of the bill argue that if the bill is enacted into law it would safeguard the health of people with preexisting conditions (Rogers, Kim, Lee, Basu & Tipirneni, 2019). The idea is to expand healthcare access to Americans who have various conditions without being overcharged or denied healthcare. Opponents: The opponents argue that expanding healthcare access of short-term or association based plans would increase the options of consumers (Hampton & Lenhart, 2019). It would also duplicate the partial provision of federal government for short-term healthcare plans. Target Population Americans with preexisting conditions. Status of the bill (Is it in hearings or committees? Is it receiving press coverage?) The bill was passed in the House on May 9th, 2019. It will later be taken to the Senate for consideration. The bill is already receiving press coverage since it is a popular proposal to expand healthcare access to people who have been neglected for a long time. General Notes/Comments The purpose of the bill is to expand healthcare access to the people who are living with preexisting conditions. The sponsor of the bill Ann Kuster, a Democrat is Representative for New Hampshire’s 2nd congressional district. Therefore, the bill is necessary since it will provide the required care to all Americans. Additionally, it has received the support of the House and now it awaits the Senate. References Hampton, J. M., & Lenhart, O. (2019). Till insurance do us apart: the effect of the affordable care act preexisting conditions provision on marriage. Molyneux, J. (2018). Health care policy update: new Medicaid work requirements, preexisting conditions at risk, the drug cost crisis. AJN The American Journal of Nursing, 118(8), 22-24. Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019, H.R. 986, 116th Cong. (2019). Rogers, M. A., Kim, C., Lee, J. M., Basu, T., & Tipirneni, R. (2019). Private insurance coverage for diabetes before and after enactment of the preexisting condition mandate of the Affordable Care Act, 2005–2016. American journal of public health, 109(4), 562-564. ~~~For this or similar assignment papers~~~
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