ANA President Karen A. Daley, PhD, RN, FAAN statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address:
"The American Nurses Association (ANA) agrees with President Obama that the Affordable Care Act is making a positive difference in people’s lives. Already millions of Americans now have access to affordable insurance coverage and a range of health care services, some for the first time. Consequently, people will enjoy better health and greater peace of mind. Improving the health of Americans creates opportunities for individuals to achieve their full potential and helps strengthen the U.S. economy.
Nurses are both the largest group of health care professionals and the most trusted. We are working diligently to share accurate and timely information about the law’s robust benefits and health insurance options with individuals and communities. We are also working to fill increased needs for services such as primary care, care coordination and wellness coaching. I ask each and every nurse to reach out to those who are uninsured, and encourage at least one person to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace by March 31."