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Nurses leaders comprise a significant portion of the medical staff, which puts them in a better position to influence changes in the healthcare sector. Nurse leader takes an active role as healthcare advocates to affect their patients’ well-being positively. Stopping the Outrageous Practice of Surprise Medical Bills Act of 2019 is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate. It aims to protect those patients who use health insurance from surprise billing in instances where care providers fail to discuss the costs of the recommended treatment or fail to inform them when the insurance does not cover these treatments. Such practice can be considered unethical as it burdens patients with higher unexpected healthcare costs despite them having health insurance. Transparency in discussing health costs empowers the patients to make better health care decisions based on their financial capacities.

One way I can become an active healthcare advocate, A nurse leader at the state level is by being politically active and contacting the elected leaders with recommendations or opinions on potential legislation that can influence the healthcare industry (Chilton, 2015). Additionally, the election of state representatives who are passionate about nursing issues would assist me in becoming engaged as a healthcare advocate. State-level elected leaders can introduce legislative bills to Congress to improve nursing practice and patient outcomes in the healthcare sector.    Advocacy for the implementation of this bill will be necessary for protecting the patients’ interests.

One crucial strategy achieving this objective is a collaboration with professional nursing organizations (Williams, Phillips, & Koyama, 2018). As a part of such organizations, people can publish position papers aimed at gathering support for the policy by explaining its potential benefits to health professionals and other stakeholders. Professional organizations are also in a superior position to directly lobby for healthcare policies that are of interest to nurses.

References
Chilton, L. (2015). Nurse practitioners have an essential role in health policy. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 11(2), A19. Doi: 10.1016/j.nurpa.2014.10.009

Williams, S. D., Phillips, J. M., & Koyama, K. (2018). Nurse Advocacy: Adopting health in all policies approach. The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 23(3).

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