ICYMI: Nearly 600 stakeholders ask Congress to repeal the “Cadillac Tax”

Last week, a group of 586 stakeholders called on Congress to repeal the 40% excise tax on employer-provided health care by requesting that members cosponsor H.R. 748, the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act. The bill has already earned more than
210 cosponsors since reintroduction this Congress, showing continued and growing bipartisan support.

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Become an Original Cosponsor of the Bipartisan Women and Countering Violent Extremism Act (Deadline Thursday COB)

Please join Representatives Lois Frankel, Steve Chabot, Bill Keating, Joe Wilson, and Lee Zeldin as an original cosponsor of a
bipartisan bill to increase women’s participation in combatting violent extremism and terrorism, recognize their diverse roles, and protect those at risk.
The legislation builds on the Women, Peace and Security Act, signed into law in October 2017, and the
U.S. Strategy to Support Women and Girls at Risk from Violent Extremism and Conflict, released on February 13, 2019.

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Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2019 – Call for Originals

Even though 33 states have legalized medical marijuana, 10 states and D.C. have legalized adult-use marijuana, and 68 percent of Americans support legalization, marijuana is still listed under Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act. Enforcing federal
prohibition of marijuana will only serve to increase incarcerations, prevent invaluable research into its medicinal benefits, and create financial barriers for businesses.

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Support CCBHCs and Co-Sponsor the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Expansion Act

In 2014, Congress passed the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Act,
which established a federal definition and criteria for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs). These new entities provide a comprehensive range of mental health and substance use disorder services to vulnerable individuals. In return,
CCBHCs receive an enhanced Medicaid reimbursement rate to meet the needs of these complex populations. CCHBCs provide nine types of services, with an emphasis on the provision of 24-hour crisis care, utilization of evidence-based practices, care coordination,
and integration with physical health care.

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TOMORROW: Briefing on Pain Management in the United States: An Underlying Cause of the Opioid Crisis

As Chairs of the Congressional Integrative Health and Wellness Caucus, we invite you to a briefing and demonstration featuring experts from academic, government, and association settings to educate members and staff on the field of integrative pain management. 
The briefing will feature a discussion of multi-modality models of care, including models currently being implemented within the US Department of Veterans Affairs, University Hospital systems, and Integrative Pain Clinics. Additionally, long-standing integrative
therapies, such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, massage therapy and yoga therapy will be offered to members and staff to demonstrate their ability to treat neck and back pain.

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Sign bipartisan FY20 WIC program funding letter

Please join me in signing a bipartisan letter to the House Appropriations Committee requesting adequate funding for the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) in Fiscal Year 2020. Ensuring sufficient funding
for WIC is critical to protect the nearly 7.5 million women, infants, and children whose nutritional needs are supported by this vital program.    

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Cosponsor the Stop Unfair Bid Shopping Act

The federal government has an obligation to taxpayers to make sure that their money is spent responsibly. In federal construction contracts, prime contractors can engage in a practice called bid shopping. Bid shopping occurs when a contract is awarded for
a set amount and the prime contractor switches subcontractors, post-award, to lessen the costs and pocket the profits. The federal government still pays the original contracted amount to the prime contractor, resulting in wasteful overspending. Bid shopping
not only squanders taxpayer money, but it also hurts the workers who were initially hired to do the job.

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