Public Policy

CMSNE Public Policy Update

Legislative Alert November 8, 2017

Care Act House Bill 3911 Sponsored by Linda Dorcena & Representative Chris Walsh

New State Law helps family caregivers

Over the last year, AARP has worked with the Massachusetts Department of Health and the Massachusetts Hospital Association to support legislation that ensures hospitals provide caregiver instructions to the patient’s caregiver. Most hospitals in Massachusetts already provide care instructions but this new legislation will help Massachusetts join legislation in Rhode Island, Maine and New Hampshire that have already passed legislation with AARP to support of the caregiver initiative.

The goal of this legislation is to ensure that hospitals provide a consistent process for communication with patients and their designated caregiver. The goal of better communication with patients and caregivers helps to reduce patient readmissions.

AARP is helping to get the word out about the new law through social media campaigns and size through wallet information cards for patients and caregivers. For more information about this new law and states that have launched this initiative in the New England area, go to CARE ACT  (,org/tag/care-act).

Submitted by Jenny Quigley-Stickney, RN, MSN, MHA, MA, CCM CMSNE Public Policy 


CMSNE Public Policy Committee is actively working on two initiatives with CMSA for 2017 to support Case Management practice. The National Nurse Act of 2017 and the Nurse Licensure Compact 2017 in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine. We are asking that you join us to support CMSNE with these articles of legislation.

The National Nurse Act supports the addition of a National Nurse for Public Health to the Office of the Surgeon General. The Chief Nurse Officer an existing position in the US Public Health Services will be designated to serve in this role. This individual will support the Surgeon General and intensify the role of nurses, including students and retirees. Community Health promotion is a goal as well as supporting health literacy and the reduction of disparities. This is an outstanding opportunity to provide leadership and networking. For a detailed explanation please review this website:

The National Nurse Act, HR 1651 or S 1106 is National legislation we have been asked to support by CMSA. Access Bill information at 

Access a support letter to be sent to the following Legislators. At CMSA Policy Maker Tab.

Congressman Joe Kennedy (MA)  

Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA)

Senator Susan Collins (ME)

Nurse Licensure Compact Update HD 1188 or SD 615

The 2017 legislative season is off to a great start! The enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) has been introduced and pending in 8 states: Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Carolina, and Utah. (updated from NCSBN and CMSA MSL Committee)

The Nurse Licensure Compact allows portability of the nursing license for case managers to practice across state lines if licensed within one of the states in the multi state compact.

New provisions were established for Nurse Licensure Compact on May 4, 2015 by the National Board of Nursing as an addendum to the original Nurse Licensure Compact adding to the current legislation in the 25 states already organized within the compact.  For more information about the revision go to the NCSBN website tab Licensure Compact May 4, 2015.

The NCSBN/CMSA need your help to bring the enhanced NLC to Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine this year. The NLC Legislative Committee is starting in Massachusetts with Representative Kay Khan supporting the bill HD 1188 in the House and Senator Joe Boncore SD 615 in the Senate. The bill (HD 1188/SD 615) will transition to the Public Health Committee. As we move throughout the year we will hold letter writing campaigns at the Building Strategies and Hospital Based Conferences to forward e-mails to all members of the Public Health Committee to support the NLC for passage this year.

Participate in CMSNE Letter Writing Campaign for HD 1188/SD 615.

Complete Letter to Legislators

Understand how NLC impacts Nursing

Click here to watch NCSBN’s “Unlocking Access to Nursing Care across the Nation,” a half-day forum that brought expert panelists from across the U.S. together to discuss the challenges of 21st century nursing and the solutions presented by the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). (update from NCSBN)

NLC Articles supporting the rationale for forming a Nurse Licensure Compacts:

Five Reasons to Endorse the NLC

The Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact  - What Policymakers Need to Know

For additional information or interest in participating on CMSNE's Public Policy Committee contact the chapter office at 

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