Cosponsor the CLINICAL TREATMENT Act

Clinical trials are a critical weapon in the fight against cancer and other life-threatening diseases.  But currently, Medicaid patients in most states can’t enroll in clinical trials without losing coverage for their routine care costs, causing them to
miss out on innovative new treatments.  It is important to remove barriers to participation and ensure diverse patient populations in clinical trials.

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ICYMI – Report on Poverty-Related and Human Rights Issues in the United States

            I would like to commend to you a report issued last year that summarizes many of the poverty and poverty-related challenges facing our nation:
The Report of the Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights on his mission to the United States of America.  Issued in May 2018, the 20-page review,
https://srpovertyorg.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/us-report-2018.pdf, is a helpful inventory of many of America’s most pressing problems, expressed with the clarity of an objective
eye disengaged from political competition and struggles to set spending priorities. I know that many of you will find in the report issues that have deeply engaged Congress over the years, often on bipartisan initiatives.

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Cosponsor H.R. 2905, the Medicare IVIG Access Enhancement Act

We are writing to urge you to cosponsor our bipartisan legislation, H.R. 2905, the Medicare IVIG Access Enhancement Act. The bill would provide much-needed assistance to Medicare patients suffering from two rare diseases, Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating
Polyneuropathy (CIDP) and Multifocal Motor Neuropathy (MMN). These debilitating conditions are the result of a patient’s own immune system attacking their motor nerves, leading to compromised mobility and reduced quality of life. Patients are frequently treated
with intravenous immune globulin (IVIG), a plasma-derived medicine that can significantly improve health outcomes for these vulnerable patient populations.

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Extend Care for Newborns at the VA

Women servicemembers makeup more than 20 percent of our military forces and women veterans are the fastest growing group amongst the veteran population. However, the health care available to these veterans fails to reflect this 21st century reality.

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Support Mental Health & Suicide Prevention – Cosponsor ‘Cady Housh & Gemesha Thomas Student Suicide Prevention Act’

Please join us by cosponsoring ‘The Cady Housh and Gemesha Thomas Suicide Prevention Act of 2019’, which recognizes the severity of youth suicide and authorizes the Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) grants to be used for training school personnel in elementary and
secondary schools and also students in secondary schools in youth suicide awareness and prevention tools.

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Bipartisan Resolution – H. Res. 539 Celebrate and Support the American Legion

            Please join me in cosponsoring H. Res. 539, a resolution supporting the goals and ideals of the American Legion. As one of the foremost wartime veterans’ service organizations, the American Legion has advocated on behalf of a countless number
of veterans, servicemembers, families, and communities. Additionally, the Legion remains one of the most prominent organizations committed to mentoring youth, sponsoring community programs, advocating patriotism and honor, and furthering a long-lasting devotion
to men and women who served in uniform.

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