Boxing Safety Enhancement Act of 2018

Please join me in following the advice of medical professionals and help protect the health and safety of boxers by updating the 22-year-old Professional Boxing Safety Act of 1996 by cosponsoring the
Professional Boxing Safety Enhancement Act of 2018.

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Make Ending Preventable Maternal Deaths a National Priority!

Maternal mortality rates are used as a key indicator of the status of women in societies around the globe, yet our own nation has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the developed world. Between 700 and 900 American women die from pregnancy or childbirth-related
causes each year, and another 65,000 nearly die. The CDC estimates 60% of maternal deaths are preventable, but not enough is being done to support women and mothers across the nation.

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Cosponsor the PATH Act and Address the Health Workforce Shortage

Our health care system is rapidly approaching a workforce crisis. The U.S. population as a whole and the U.S. population over 65 are both projected to increase substantially in the coming years, which means that more people will be reliant on health services
than ever before. At the same time, the nation’s health workforce is shrinking, as health care professionals are retiring in greater numbers than new workers are entering the profession. The Association of Schools of Public Health predicts that by 2020, the
United States will have a shortage of up to 250,000 public health workers. By 2024, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that America will have over 1 million registered nurse job openings due to growth and replacement needs. Similar trends are projected
for other health professions, with shortages anticipated in the disciplines of neurology (about 1,000 by 2025), geriatric (nearly 27,000 by 2025), mental and behavioral health, primary care (up to 43,100 by 2030), and community and allied health.

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DEADLINE TODAY: Oppose the Erasure of LGBT People from Federal Surveys

Over the course of the last 16 months, federal surveys and other data collections have slowly stopped asking about sexual orientation and/or gender identity (SOGI). This includes data collection about teen crime victims, homeless youth, and older Americans.
These questions ask respondents to voluntarily disclose their SOGI to help inform policy making. Rolling back these data collections weakens the limited data the federal government currently collects and ultimately makes it harder to effectively address the
needs of LGBT people.

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BRIEFING TODAY: Ending Obstetric Fistula – Maternal Health and Access to Safe Childbirth

Obstetric fistula is a devastating and preventable condition virtually eradicated in the developed world, but persists in regions with scant access to adequate medical care. More than two million women worldwide suffer from obstetric
fistula, which results from prolonged labor when women lack access to skilled medical assistance during childbirth. In recognition of the International Day to End Fistula, I invite you to attend an important briefing about obstetric fistula and how we can
combat it around the world.

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Expand access to opioid treatment for pregnant and postpartum women! Cosponsor H.R. 3692.

The United States continues to be in the midst of a devastating opioid epidemic. 2016 was the deadliest year yet, with more than 64,000 dying from drug overdoses according to the Centers for Disease Control, an astonishing 21 percent increase from 2015.
Despite the passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which represented a good first step, there is still a significant shortage in treatment capacity, resulting in individuals waiting months or years to receive effective addiction treatment.
Only 20 percent of patients who need treatment for opioid use disorder are currently receive it.

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