Call for Original Cosponsors: Protect Health Care and Social Service Workers from Violence on the Job

Health care and social service workers aim to make their patients and clients well, however, Department of Labor statistics show they face an outsized risk of on-the-job violence. Nurses, emergency room physicians, social workers, psychiatric facility aides,
and other health care and social service workers report that violence–most often from patients and those accompanying them–results in injury, loss of productivity, and serious safety concerns. A 2016 GAO study reported that rates of violence against health
care workers are up to 12 times higher than rates for the overall workforce. In 2016, 70% of all nonfatal workplace assaults occurred in the health care and social service sectors. A 2018 survey conducted by the American College of Emergency Physicians found
that 47% of emergency room doctors have been physically assaulted at work, and 8 in 10 workers surveyed report that this violence is affecting patient care.

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Support Volunteer Drivers – Cosponsor the Volunteer Driver Tax Appreciation Act

Please join us in cosponsoring the Volunteer Driver Tax Appreciation Act (H.R. 5662), an important piece of legislation that would boost the reimbursement rate for charitable drivers from the current 14 cents per mile to the standard business mileage rate
of 54.5 cents per mile. The rate for charitable mileage has been left untouched since 1998, even as the rates for business and medical mileage have been updated yearly.

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Protect Vulnerable Americans – Prevent Overuse of Antibiotic Medication in Nursing Homes

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest public health challenges of our time. Each year in the U.S., at least 2 million people get an antibiotic-resistant infection, and at least 23,000 people die.
Encouraging the appropriate use of antibiotics is critical to reduce adverse health effects, prevent the emergence of resistance, and optimize the effectiveness of treatments.  

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Co-Sponsor H.R. 4482, the Opioid Abuse Deterrence, Research, and Recovery Act

Opioid addiction is an epidemic that is tearing families and communities apart. Drug overdose deaths are estimated to have exceeded 59,000 in 2016, and most projections indicate that this number will worsen in 2017. Recent studies suggest that 90 people
in our hometowns and communities are dying every day due to this crisis, and many more are unable to secure employment because of the toll of addiction. With evidence suggesting that nearly 80 percent of individuals addicted to heroin started out on opioid
pain relievers, the link is clear that opioid prescriptions are driving this epidemic.

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Cosponsor H.R. 3956 – the STARS Act

With all small employers do to keep their businesses running, the last thing they need is confusion stemming from regulations and the tax code. The complex rules implementing the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) shared responsibility provision, also known as
the employer mandate, exemplify the difficulty imposed on small businesses. Largely designed with traditional jobs in mind, the ACA’s employer provisions fail to account for the exceptional circumstances of employers with highly seasonal workforces. Though
the Treasury Department attempted to remedy these issues through regulation, the resulting rules are confusing and create unnecessary obstacles to compliance for small, seasonal employers.

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co-sponsor H.R. 3315, Protecting Consumer Access to Vision Care Act of 2017

Currently, there exists a severe inequity in Treasury regulations in the way stand-alone vision plans (SAVPs) are treated under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Section 9010 of the ACA imposes a health insurer fee on covered entities engaged in the business
of providing health insurance. While it can be debated whether or not the fee ever made sense for a traditional health insurance company, it is clear that this fee should never have applied to SAVPs.

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Protect Vulnerable Americans – Prevent Overuse of Antibiotic Medication in Nursing Homes

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest public health challenges of our time. Each year in the U.S., at least 2 million people get an antibiotic-resistant infection, and at least 23,000 people die.
Encouraging the appropriate use of antibiotics is critical to reduce adverse health effects, prevent the emergence of resistance, and optimize the effectiveness of treatments.  

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