Cosponsor H.R. 3378, the Ensuring Access to Air Ambulance Services Act of 2017

Air ambulances provide a critical service that can be the difference between life and death in an emergency, particularly in rural America.  However, air ambulance providers are one of only a few providers that do not currently report cost data to Centers
for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which has led to Medicare chronically underfunding this crucial service.  According to an industry study, Medicare reimbursements are 41% below the cost of providing services.  Moreover, as the population ages, the percentage
of patients transported by emergency air medical services who are Medicare beneficiaries has grown to 36 percent, putting additional pressure on the health care system and creating an unsustainable cost-shift on those with private coverage.  If we do not fix
these Medicare underpayments, we will start to see negative affects to access, especially in rural areas that rely on air medical transport to get them to a Level I/II trauma center in a timely manner.

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Co-Sponsor Representative Posey’s Public Service Integrity Act

One thing is clear from the recent election: Americans are fed up with business as usual in Washington. Last year, we watched as President Trump animated his supporters and won the Presidency in part with his promise to “drain the swamp.” In that spirit,
I have introduced legislation that would take an important step toward fulfilling this promise.

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CLOSING MONDAY – Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Help Victims Get Compensation!

Every 98 seconds, someone in this country is sexually assaulted. For many victims of sexual assault, stepping out of the shadows
and reporting the crime is traumatic enough. On top of this, the evidence kits for many victims lay untested in police labs’ shelves for years on end before any justice is ever achieved. Countless victims are forced to lose work hours in order to attend doctor’s
visits and attend to legal matters; medical bills rack up and lost wages can turn into lost jobs.

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Protect Part-Time Workers: Cosponsor the Bipartisan Save American Workers Act.

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), employers with more than 50 full-time equivalent workers must offer health insurance to their employees or face a penalty. Notably, the law defined full-time status at 30 hours of work per week, significantly below the
traditional definition of 40 hours that employers and workers have been accustomed to.  As a result, hourly or part-time employees working between 30 and 40 hours per week have seen their hours reduced as companies have been forced to choose between unaffordable
new costs or ACA’s substantial fines.  We have seen this affect not only workers in the private sector, but city, state, and school employees as well, as governments continue to struggle to adapt their budgets to new health insurance coverage requirements.

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