The National Nurses United (NNU) announced a five-month supply of the Airline Pilot Medical Assistance Program (AMP) for medical workers who need to be transported by commercial airline to other states.
The announcement was made today by the NNU National Executive Board at the national meeting of the Board.
“Nurses are the backbone of our nation’s healthcare workforce and we want to ensure that all our workers get the best care they need,” said NNUs Vice President of Communications, Nelie Nunn.
This is a critical first step for our nation and the American public at-large to support those who work in the field of healthcare, said Nunn, who serves on the National Nursed Association Board of Directors.
AMP provides medical workers and their families with access to up to three weeks of medical services from a designated local flight attendant, a nurse practitioner or an on-call paramedic.
The program is available to all medical professionals who are eligible to receive it, regardless of their medical training or experience.
The NNUrSAA’s medical assistance program helps those with chronic conditions, including HIV/AIDS, cancer, chronic respiratory conditions, and multiple sclerosis, who are unable to travel.
The medical assistance package includes transportation to and from a participating destination state.
Nurses who are able to travel will have access to a wide range of medical assistance options.
The Airline Pilots Medical Assistance Plan provides free or discounted travel to participating destinations for nurses, their family members, and other caregivers.
Additionally, NNursing Professionals of America (NPFA), the trade group representing RNs, has announced it is launching the Medical Assistance Card.
This new card, which will be available in January, will allow nurses to purchase travel vouchers, as well as travel assistance for their family, friends, and coworkers.
NPFA President and CEO, Karen C. Dyer, said the Medical Insurance Rebate Program, which is part of the Medical Aid Rebate Act, will be one of the primary ways the NPFA can assist medical professionals.
The NPFA will also provide medical assistance for nursing home residents, caregivers, and their dependents.
“We will provide assistance for medical professionals on a case-by-case basis, and offer travel assistance when needed,” said Dyer.
In addition to the Airplane Pilot Medical Assistants Card, the NPFAs Medical Assistance program also offers the Medical Flight Assistance Card, which provides access to airline and other medical flight service to a qualified medical professional.
As the number of nursing home beds in the U.S. increases, the need for assistance to provide medical care is growing.
A report by the National Association of Nursing Homes found that in 2020, nursing homes in the United States were facing an average of 1,846 nursing home resident beds with an average capacity of 469 beds.
In addition, the nursing home population is growing and is expected to continue to grow.
Nursers need the most help in times of crisis.
A study by the U-M Health System found that more than 80 percent of nursing homes have experienced a staffing shortage and that 80 percent were experiencing a shortage of trained staff in the community.
The NNUA is asking members of the public to share their best ideas and concerns for how to help medical professionals in times when they are at high risk.
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