WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) helped pass three pieces of legislation that will increase access to quality health care and better coordinate research for Type-II Diabetes and other autoimmune diseases. Rep. Peters is a co-sponsor of a bill passed by the House today to reauthorize Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs that provide support for nursing education programs, nurses, and nursing students. Rep. Peters has previously supported robust funding for Title VIII programs, which are the largest source of federal support for nursing education and provide grants, loans, and support to prepare students to meet the growing need for qualified nurses.
Rep. Peters also helped pass the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act to place maternal health professionals in areas of need, and the National Clinical Care Commission Act, which will coordinate efforts across federal agencies to support treatment and research of autoimmune and metabolic disorders like Type 2 Diabetes.
“Nurses are on the frontlines of health care providing essential and lifesaving care to millions of Americans every day,” said Rep. Peters. “Title VIII programs provide the grants and loans necessary to incentivize students to enter the nursing field and ensure they have the support they need as they advance in their careers. These bipartisan bills will expand access to quality care, improve patient outcomes, and ensure we meet the growing demand for qualified health professionals.”