Championing Press Freedom: U.S. Global Media and the Persistent Challenges to Independent Journalism Abroad

The freedom of the press around the world is in greater danger today than at any time in recent memory. The recent conviction of two investigative journalists in Burma, the purge of independent press in Cambodia, and deadly attacks upon journalists in Syria
and Iraq are just a few examples of the assaults on journalists providing independent reporting around the globe, a crucial check on authoritarian regimes and corruption.

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COSPONSOR BIPARTISAN BILL TO FIGHT INFANT AND CHILD DEATHS

Please join us as an original cosponsor of the Scarlett’s Sunshine on Sudden Unexpected Death Act, which would improve the health of infants and children by strengthening efforts to better understand infant deaths and facilitating data collection to improve
prevention efforts.   

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Letter to HHS: Reduce Inappropriate Prescribing of Antipsychotic Drugs to Seniors with Dementia

Please join us in writing to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar regarding the inappropriate prescribing of antipsychotic drugs to seniors with dementia. While HHS has taken some steps to reduce inappropriate prescribing in nursing home settings,
little has been done to address the risks facing seniors in other care settings. Inappropriate use of antipsychotic drugs continues to be a concern in all settings, and we urge HHS to act now for the safety of our seniors.

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Cosign Letter Urging CMS to Permit Lung Cancer Screens in Independent Diagnostic Testing Facilities

We write to request that you strongly consider cosigning a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in opposition to Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) denying patients’
access to low dose CT (LDCT) screens for early detection of lung cancer administered in Independent Diagnostic Testing Facilities (IDTFs).  MACs are erroneously denying these screens in this particular setting due to a misinterpretation of a February 2015
National Coverage Determination (NCD) regarding LDCT lung cancer screens. 

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