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SUPPORT NATIONAL COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH: DEADLINE FOR ORIGINALS TOMORROW AT 12PM

February 28, 2018

Please join me in recognizing March 2018 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. This is especially timely because the colorectal cancer community honors National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month each year in March. As many of you know, in March
of 2012, the 112th Congress lost one of its long-serving members, my father, Congressman Donald M. Payne Sr. to colon cancer. Please join me as a cosponsor for a bipartisan resolution that will raise awareness for this highly preventable, yet fatal disease.

Briefing on Mongolia: The Democracy in the Neighborhood

February 28, 2018

By now, your office should have received an invitation from to a roundtable discussion entitled, Mongolia: The Democracy in the Neighborhood.

Support Hospital Based Nursing School Programs

February 28, 2018

Please join us in sending the attached letter urging the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to protect hospital based-nursing programs across the United States as they face conflicting regulatory requirements from CMS and their accreditation
bodies. As America’s health care needs evolve, these programs provide our nurses with the quality education necessary to serve their communities by providing the world-class care that Americans expect and deserve.

Support Funding for Anti-Trafficking Programs

February 28, 2018

We invite you to sign the letter below urging the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs to provide strong funding for anti-trafficking grant programs and accountability.

Support Rural Hospitals to Recruit & Retain

February 28, 2018

Throughout the nation, rural areas are experiencing a shortage of physicians.  To help address this problem in the surgical setting, we have reintroduced the Medicare Access to Rural Anesthesiology Act (H.R. 2881).  This bill will allow certain rural hospitals
to use Medicare Part A funds on a “pass-through” basis to attract and retain physician anesthesiologists. It is identical to the bill from the 114th Congress.

Cosponsor H.R. 1828: the Rural Access to Hospice Act of 2017

February 28, 2018

We ask for your support for H.R. 1828, the Rural Access to Hospice Act of 2017. This important legislation will correct a barrier in the Medicare system, which grants more access to more Americans and saves the Medicare system money.

Help Improve Access to Critical Cardiac Rehabilitation

February 28, 2018

Please join us in sending the attached letter urging the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to create a demonstration program focused on improving patient access to critical cardiac rehabilitation services in the Medicare Program.  We believe
a cardiac rehabilitation demonstration program could save thousands of lives each year and prevent countless hospitalizations.

Provide Veterans With Access to Paid Leave

February 28, 2018

Representative Mark Takano and I invite you to cosponsor H.R. 2648, the Veterans Transition Improvement Act.

Support FY 2019 Funding for McGovern-Dole International Food for Education & Child Nutrition Program

February 28, 2018

            We ask you to join us in asking for robust funding for the
George McGovern – Robert Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program (McGovern-Dole) in the Fiscal Year 2019 Agriculture Appropriations Act.  As you might know,
President Trump’s budget recommends eliminating the McGovern-Dole program.  At a minimum, we ask that the program receive the same level of funding as provided in the House-passed FY 2018 Agriculture Appropriations Act, or the amount it may receive in
the pending FY 2018 omnibus appropriations bill, whichever is greater.

Nursing Programs: Update and Remove Unnecessary Conflict

February 28, 2018

We invite you to cosponsor, H.R. 662, the Making Educating Nurses Dependable for Schools (MEND) Act in order to protect hospital based-nursing programs across the United States as they face conflicting regulatory requirements from Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services (CMS) and their accreditation bodies. As America’s health care needs evolve, these programs provide our nurses with the quality education necessary to serve their communities by providing the world-class care that Americans expect and deserve.
This is identical legislation to the MEND Act introduced in the 114th Congress.