One of the most valuable benefits of AANA membership is the power of our collective voice. In a time when CRNAs like you are confronting historic challenges, AANA has been by your side, continually fighting to protect our profession. Here are some of this year’s significant wins:    

And with an AANA membership,  
your influence grows with smart benefits  
and the support of nearly 60,000 CRNAs.

You're a Powerful Force.


State Victories

With support from AANA, state associations are successfully pursuing proactive initiatives to remove barriers to CRNA practice and defeat opposition efforts. Among the wins in 2021-2022:

Alabama’s governor signed a law to allow CRNAs to work with podiatrists in addition to dentists and physicians.  

Alaska has eliminated excessive administrative procedures as a requirement for licensure for CRNAs and other APRNs.  

Maryland enacted a law that grants CRNAs authority to order and prescribe medications, including controlled substances. 

enacted a law providing formal recognition for CRNAs in Pennsylvania nursing statutes.  

Michigan law removed supervision for CRNAs and also granted CRNAs prescriptive authority.  

To date, 14 anesthesiologist assistant bills have been introduced. Of those bills, 3 have been defeated and 10 bills have not moved forward as of June 9, 2022, thanks to active opposition by state associations with support from AANA.  

Federal Victories

  • At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and at the urging of AANA, CMS temporarily waived physician supervision of CRNAs during the Public Health Emergency (PHE). AANA continues to fight to gain support from Congress, the Administration, and other stakeholders to ensure this waiver is made permanent at the conclusion of the PHE. 

  • U.S. Congress passed the “Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act,” which promotes behavioral health and well-being among healthcare professionals. A supporter of the bill since its introduction in 2020, AANA worked with the Mental Health Liaison Group to increase awareness and Congressional support.  

  • The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022, signed into law by President Biden on March 15, includes legislation to increase recruitment opportunities for CRNAs in the Veterans Affairs health system. The “VA Nurse and Physician Assistant RAISE Act” lifts the pay cap for CRNAs and other APRNs working in the VA.  

  • CRNAs will continue to receive resources to care for some of the most vulnerable patients with President Biden signing the bipartisan Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act to postpone cuts to Medicare reimbursements for healthcare providers. 

You're Making Headlines

AANA is committed to telling the stories of CRNAs and bringing you the recognition you deserve. Here are some of the ways you are providing innovative, exemplary care:

With an ebbing pandemic, patients look to nurse anesthetists for their care 

3 laws expanding CRNA scope of practice 

How Efficient Anesthesia Staffing Ensures Quality and Reins in Costs 

Plagued With COVID-Related PTSD and Burnout, the Healthcare Worker’s Vocation to Help Endures Even 2 Years On 

How nurse anesthetists can help provide more timely care for veterans 

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AANA Studies & News

  • AANA President Issues Statement on Nurse RaDonda Vaught Verdict 

  • Nurse Anesthetists Highlight the Impact of Racism and Nursing 

  • AANA Board of Directors Member Leads International COVID-19 Evidence Panel 

  • AANA Study Reveals that Removing Practice Barriers Increases Patient Care Access

Your experience as an advanced practice provider demonstrates that there’s power in purpose, in passion, in knowledge, and in connection with colleagues in nurse anesthesiology. 

Your renewal ensures that AANA has the resources we need to keep making positive change.

Together, we will shape a strong future for our patients, our communities, and anesthesia care. 

RENEW FOR 2022-2023

As required by section 6033(e) of the Internal Revenue Code, please be aware that $30 of active national membership dues are allocated toward expenses incurred by AANA for national lobbying activities. Such amount is not deductible for federal income tax purposes. All AANA members are also members of a state association where lobbying expenditures are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. Please contact your state association if you have questions. 

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