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  • The House has funded community health centers
    Posted in Press Releases on November 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Friend- Last week, the House passed the Championing Healthy Kids Act (H.R. 3922) with my support. This bipartisan bill provides for the funding of important public health programs such as: Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP): CHIP provides health care for millions of low-income children. This safety net allows children to receive their health insurance through a state CHIP program instead of Medicaid or the Obamacare exchanges. The bill extends CHIP funding for five years and restores thi... Read more

  • Dismantling the Affordable Care Act
    Posted in Press Releases on November 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Friend- I am pleased to announce the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2017 (H.R. 849) recently passed the House, with my support. This legislation terminates the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Under the ACA, the responsibility of the IPAB is to submit fiscal recommendations to Congress regarding ways to cut Medicare spending. However, if Congress fails to act via legislation by August 15th each year, IPAB’s recommendations ... Read more

  • What happened with healthcare last week
    Posted in Press Releases on October 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Friend- Like you I believe the goal of healthcare reform must be to drive costs down so that quality healthcare coverage is affordable and accessible to every American. Unfortunately, over the past few months, while the House has passed reform legislation, we have seen inaction in the Senate. We must provide relief to the American people and follow through on our promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. In case you missed it, I wanted to share with you the actions the Trump Adminis... Read more

  • Expanding access to affordable prescription drugs
    Posted in Press Releases on October 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Friend- Like you, I believe Congress must work to improve the affordability of the nation’s health care system. Part of my work in Washington is focused on ensuring workers and families in Virginia, and across the country, have access to affordable health care. I wanted to share a recent concern of mine regarding the 340B Drug Pricing Program. This program gives discounts to eligible hospitals and other healthcare providers on prescription medication. Rural hospitals, in particular, depend on sa... Read more

  • Public Health 101
    Posted in Press Releases on October 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Friend- A large portion of my professional life has been spent in the public health field. Prior to serving in Congress, I earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health and spent 26 years working for Virginia’s Department of Health—so I understand the importance of raising awareness about the current public health issues that impact lives and shape communities. As your Representative and as Co-Chair of the Public Health Caucus, I have visited healthcare facilities across the First District, learning... Read more

  • Key public health priorities pass through House
    Posted in Press Releases on September 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Friend- A large portion of my professional life has been spent in the public health field. Prior to serving in Congress, I earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health and spent 26 years working for Virginia’s Department of Health—so I understand many of the challenges people face when it comes to accessing quality, affordable care and the role the government plays in supporting innovative biomedical research. As Co-Chair of the Public Health Caucus, public health is one of my top priorities when r... Read more

  • We must protect Medicaid
    Posted in Press Releases on September 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Friend- I wanted to update you on my work to ensure the long-term sustainability of Medicaid. Medicaid is a critical program designed to provide health security to some of our nation’s most vulnerable patients. However, the Government Accountability Office has identified the Medicaid program as “high risk” and unsustainable in the long run, costing taxpayers $1 trillion by the end of the decade. The current Medicaid program is stretched to the breaking point, denying support to those most in nee... Read more

  • Action is needed to expand health care choices
    Posted in Press Releases on September 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Friend- I wanted to update you on my efforts to expand health care choices, increase access to care, and reduce costs for Virginians. Since 2013, average Virginia residents buying health insurance through the ACA marketplace have seen a 77 percent increase in their monthly premiums. Small businesses have opted to hire part-time employees or not expand because providing health insurance benefits is cost-prohibitive. Even families with employer-provided insurance have seen fewer options and skyroc... Read more

  • What questions do you have about Medicare?
    Posted in Press Releases on August 31, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Dear Friend- As you may know there are approximately 57.7 million aged and disabled Americans covered under Medicare. There has been a lot of change with Medicare over the past few years, from Part B premium increases to new Medicare cards beginning to roll out in 2018. Medicare is essentially health insurance coverage for seniors and those facing disabling conditions that render them unable to work. As I remain committed to protecting Medicare beneficiaries in my district, I want to make sure t... Read more

  • Weekly Update - A story you're not hearing
    Posted in Weekly Updates on August 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans, Health Care, Taxes & Economy, Environment, Education

    Dear Friend - Let's face it: there is a lot of news coming out of Washington these days. And much of it is designed to draw a reaction from you or get you to take sides. But there is another story out there that you're not hearing. That's the story of the important accomplishments made by the House during the first eight months of this year. From the outset of 2017, we made it a priority to work on the issues that matter most to you and I believe we took meaningful steps to grow our economy, str... Read more

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