Upon finishing nursing school, nurses across the country take the Nightingale Pledge and promise to devote their lives to service. Here in Missouri, thousands of nurses have upheld this noble goal and risked their lives on the front line treating almost 80,000 COVID-19 patients. These heroes deserve our respect, and our elected officials should do everything they can to support them.
As the president of the Missouri Nurses Association, it is my job to educate lawmakers and the public on policy choices that will affect front-line nurses and the patients they treat. Congress is currently debating two pieces of legislation that could end the problem of surprise medical billing. Congress is right to tackle this issue that has affected more than half of American adults, according to a 2018 survey. That is why it is critical that members of Congress understand which legislative solutions actually protect patients and nurses in