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Jan. 28, 2000

Joan Meehan-Hurwitz, 202-651-7020
Dawn Marks, 202-651-7198

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ANA Echoes Clinton's Call to Bolster Health Care System

WASHINGTON, D.C. The American Nurses Association (ANA) today praised President Clinton for his forward looking policy agenda outlined in last night's State of the Union address and voiced its staunch support for the president's health care proposals.

ANA believes that the nation should maximize its unprecedented economic prosperity by investing in health care programs that help to build a strong foundation for the 21st century. The ANA has long supported the proposals that the president reiterated in his speech, such as passing a strong patients' bill of rights, increasing access to care for the uninsured, bolstering the Medicare program, and providing tax credits for those with long-term health care needs as well as the family members who care for them.

ANA has been an ardent supporter of managed care reforms and echoes the president's call for congressional passage of a strong patients' bill of rights. "A strong patients' bill of rights will go far in protecting the American public from current practices that often place profit before patients," said ANA President Mary Foley, MS RN. "The public supports this kind of legislation as do nurses and other providers. It's time for the Congress to take action," she said.

ANA has long been a steadfast supporter of the Clinton administration's policy direction on health care issues and remains committed to moving forward with the administration and the Congress to effect policies that reflect nursing's commitment to better quality health care for all Americans and the interests of the nursing profession. ANA recently offered its proposal for Universal Medicare as a way to reach the goal of access to care for all Americans. The proposal, Achieving Access for All Americans, is available on ANA's website.

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ANA is the only full-service professional organization representing the nation's 2.6 million registered nurses through its 53 constituent associations. ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.

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