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NP DME Legislation
Public Policy update for 1/11/14
Congressional Nursing Caucus - Reach out to your Representatives!
Action Alert! In support of H.Res 152 and S. Res 95
Contact your Senator, Congressmen/women or Representative
It's Easy To Be An Activist

NP DME Legislation

The WOCN Society is requesting your assistance with NP DME legislation.

Please click here to download the letter (in PDF format) and visit WOCN.org to access the Cap Wiz link.

Public Policy update for 1/11/14

Actual happenings are few----in that both sides of congress have been fighting more than getting any real work done. But the Public Policy committee have been hard at work! Please check out the changes in the WOCN website---the advocacy tab has been revised, with all kinds of handy information on how individuals can contact their legislators. The communications committee has been working on improving communication with the regional and affiliate members. It is still a work in progress, but monthly conference calls have attracted more participants from around the country. We are currently working on updating the white papers and Fact sheets for use of the membership. More to come!

Susan M Krause, RN, MSN, CWS,CWOCN
Public Policy Chair

Congressional Nursing Caucus - Reach out to your Representatives!


May 15, 2013


Dear Members,

As you may be aware, a major goal outlined in the WOCN Society's recent strategic plan was to improve/enhance the communication between the National Office and the Regions and Affiliates. This goal was outlined, in part, because the WOCN Society recognizes the valuable role that Regions and Affiliates can have in advocacy and public policy.

To meet this objective, the Society will begin sending regular communications to our Regions and Affiliates regarding advocacy items with the intent to educate and energize our members. In turn, we are hopeful that the Regions and Affiliates will bring public policy ideas/concerns/question to National so that we can effectively carry out a public policy agenda that fits our members' needs.

The following request is the first Grassroots Action Item designed to address those goals outlined in the Strategic Plan. We are hopeful that you will forward the information contained below to your Regional and Affiliate members and get them engaged in public policy. Thanks and please let us know if you have any questions.

In order to have a platform on Capitol Hill to address the issues that impact the nursing profession, Representatives Lois Capps (D-CA) and David Joyce (R-OH) have established a bi-partisan Congressional Nursing Caucus. The Nursing Caucus allows Members of Congress an open forum to learn about and address a range of issues affecting the nursing community.


The Caucus provides an excellent, non-partisan forum for the discussion of issues that impact the nursing profession, and helps members of Congress who care about these issues to come together to address them. Additionally, the Nursing Caucus will allow members of Congress an open forum to address issues affecting the nursing community. It will also serve as a clearinghouse for information and a sounding board for ideas brought forth by the nursing community


• The nursing profession is at a critical crossroads. Numbering more than 3.1 million, RNs are the largest healthcare workforce in America. Yet the supply of nurses is failing to meet our national need. The growing shortage of RNs is impacting the entire health care system, resulting in decreased patient care quality, and complicating efforts to prepare for natural disasters and acts of terrorism.

• The House Nursing Caucus will provide a forum to address issues such as the nursing shortage, burdensome tuition debt for nursing education, and patient safety issues.

• It will also provide Members an open forum to address issues affecting the nursing community. It also serves as a clearinghouse for information and a sounding board for ideas brought forth by the nursing community.

We urge you to review the list of current Caucus Members. If your Representative is not listed, consider sending them a letter urging them to join. If your Representative is listed as a member of the Caucus please take a moment to send them a letter thanking them for their support.

Draft letters for each scenario are attached for your convenience; please feel free to personalize. To locate your member of Congress and their contact information, please go to: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/


The WOCN National Office

Chrissy Kissinger
Director of Committee Relations

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society™ (WOCN®)
15000 Commerce Parkway
Suite C
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Direct: 856-793-0896
Toll Free: 888-224-9626
Fax: 856-439-0525



Draft Letter Urging Your Member to Join the Caucus   Microsoft Word format .doc file

Draft Letter Thanking Your Member of Congress   Microsoft Word format .doc file


Action Alert! In support of H.Res 152 and S. Res 95

We have a chance to support our patient's with ostomies by asking our Representatives and Senators to support H.Res 152 and S. Res 95. Both pieces of legislation change the way that Medicare pays for ostomy supplies, and "urges that ostomy products be recognized, categorized, covered, and adequately reimbursed by Medicare in a new payment category of `prosthetic supplies' consistent with Medicare's current recognition of ostomy products as prosthetics in order to allow appropriate patient access; and urges the Secretary of Health and Human Services to ensure that programs, policies, and payment practices of the Department of Health and Human Services facilitate, and do not discourage, innovation of and access to medical devices that restore or improve intestinal or urinary system function of individuals in the United States with an ostomy"

Click on this link capwiz.com/uoaa/issues/?style=D to the UOAA website to send a letter to your legislator. It is suggested that in the free-text portion of the letter, you clarify that you are not an ostomate, but a nurse who specializes in the care of patient's with ostomies. Thank you!

Contact your Senator, Congressmen/women or Representative

Senators CA

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US Representatives

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California Governor

CA Senators:
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CA Assembly:
or if you don't know your Representative:

Nevada: Gov and Senate


It's Easy To Be An Activist:

There's so much going on. You'd like to be more politically active, to make a difference...

But there's no time!

For those on the run here's what you can do:

  1. Go to the ANA website www.ana.org. Click on "Government Affairs" on the top banner. From there click on N STAT and register. You do not have to be an ANA member.
  2. That's it. Whenever you receive a notice to contact your congress member about any issue all you do is log on. the web site takes you through the rest. it:
    • Tells you who your representative is
    • Tells you if they support that issue
    • Has a prewritten letter you can modify if you want
    • You submit it