Director, Advocacy and Government Relations
NOVA Continues to Advocate During Coronavirus Pandemic
Washington D.C. April 27, 2020 - The Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA) continues to advocate for nursing during the COVID-19 /Coronavirus pandemic. We have updated our website to reflect the environment and keep you informed with detailed and reliable resources.
We continue to discuss critical issues – PPE, communication, testing, and other guidance provided from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with our partners in Congress, and in the Veteran Service Organization community.
NOVA thanks Congress for passing the CARES Act (HR 748) which provided $19.57 billion dollars to VA that will be available through FY 2021. Several key Nursing Community Coalition priorities were included as were administrative items authorizing VA to waive federal pay caps for VA employees responding during COVID-19 crisis.
We have surveyed membership, asking the tough questions about your facilities response plan to help provide important information to Hill staff as they consider priorities for any future legislative package. We will continue to survey staff in hopes of taking the temperature of your facilities as we move through the next weeks/months.
We stand by your side as we continue conversations with key staff and leadership so that any future legislation includes protecting frontline health care professionals and investing in VA and our public health sector. Embracing long-term solutions must be a commitment we all make to strengthen our health care delivery systems.
For Veteran information regarding Coronavirus please visit the VA website at: https://www.publichealth.va.gov/n-coronavirus/.