Influenza and Infants Briefing: Immunization for Resilient Populations

As the flu season approaches, please join the Baby Caucus at a briefing to explore barriers to immunization and evidence-based solutions for healthcare workers and policy makers.  Since there is no approved vaccine for babies under 6 months
of age, it is an imperative that pregnant mothers, older siblings, and adults reduce the risk of transmission through timely immunization. This briefing examines the role that targeted community outreach, healthcare policy, and advances in biomedical treatment
play in mitigating the threat this communicable disease presents to pediatric patients and infants of color.

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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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Sign a Bipartisan Letter for Liver Donation Fairness

The process of allocating organs from donors to their recipients is of vital importance to every American. At this moment, the fairness of that process is at risk. Please join Representative Kevin Yoder and Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson in writing
to Health and Human Services Secretary Azar to oppose the newest attempt to undermine the organ allocation process.

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4th Annual AED Hunt on the Hill

You should have recently received an invite from the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation to attend the 4THANNUAL AED HUNT ON THE HILL on Thursday September 27 in Cannon 334 between 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The event is in support
of Children’s Cardiomyopathy Awareness Month. September is Children’s Cardiomyopathy Awareness Month and a good time to focus on how automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) can save lives in the event of a cardiac emergency.

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Do Not Allow Donald Trump to Gaslight the Nation on the Hurricane Maria death toll!

On September 11, 2018, President Donald Trump claimed his administration’s response to Hurricane Maria, which killed approximately 3,000 people in Puerto Rico, was an “incredible unsung success.” On September 13, the President doubled down on his ignorance,
and took to Twitter to claim the high death toll is somehow rigged by Democrats in order to make him look bad. It was absolutely chilling for me to hear this President brag about his ability to oversee a disaster response when numerous researchers and scholars
have confirmed nearly 3,000 American citizens in Puerto Rico lost their lives as a result of Hurricane Maria. It was even more disturbing to see him allege Democrats are inflating the death count for political gain. It is exactly this sort of political gamesmanship
following a devastating natural disaster that cannot be permitted to happen ever again. We cannot permit the Commander in Chief to gaslight the nation when it comes to the deaths of thousands of our fellow citizens.

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