The AHA Friday urged the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions to prioritize certain actions and programs that support the nation’s health care workforce needs in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and into the future.

These include lifting the Medicare residency slot cap; ensuring adequate funding for Nursing Workforce Development programs; passing bipartisan legislation to expedite the visa authorization process for nurses; enacting provisions to reduce and prevent suicide, burnout and behavioral health disorders among health care professionals; and providing additional funding to support national research and demonstration programs related to clinician well-being.

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