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Posted 7 months ago by Christine Lyle

Update taken from AANP March 30, 2020 Government Affairs Update

Over the past week, Congress continued to negotiate and debate over the third Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) legislative package. On March 25, the Senate passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act, sending it on to the House, which in turn passed the package on March 27. The bill was quickly delivered to the President, who signed it into law on the same day.

The CARES Act includes a provision that authorizes nurse practitioners (NPs) to certify and recertify home health care services to Medicare patients, permanently retiring this federal barrier to NP practice. It also strengthens funding for personal protective equipment (PPE). The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) has created a summary of the health provisions contained in the Act (see link below).  It is important to note that information regarding implementation is forthcoming, and AANP will provide timely updates as they become available.

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed an Executive Order delegating additional authority to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Secretary of Homeland Security to utilize the Defense Production Act for the allocation and distribution of health and medical resources, including PPE and ventilators.