Co-sponsor the bicameral COUNT Victims Act

On May 29, a group of independent researchers from Harvard University released a report estimating the number of deaths caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.[1] It uncovered a sobering
figure of 4,654 lives that could have been lost as a result of the storm, many of them from delayed medical care. This is staggeringly higher than the official estimates. While much debate has ensued over the validity of the number, the truth is we may never
know the exact number of all lives lost. Amid a new hurricane season, we need to ensure transparency and oversight.

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Co-sponsor the bicameral COUNT Victims Act

On May 29, a group of independent researchers from Harvard University released a report estimating the number of deaths caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.[1] It uncovered a sobering
figure of 4,654 lives that could have been lost as a result of the storm, many of them from delayed medical care. This is staggeringly higher than the official estimates. While much debate has ensued over the validity of the number, the truth is we may never
know the exact number of all lives lost. Amid a new hurricane season, we need to ensure transparency and oversight.

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COSPONSOR THE TITLE VIII NURSING WORKFORCE REAUTHORIZATION ACT

Sending Office: Honorable Tulsi Gabbard Sent By: Peyton.Weber@mail.house.gov         Request for Cosponsor(s) Current Cosponsors: Joyce*, Matsui*, Davis*, Bonamici*, Meehan*, Castor*, Gabbard*, Walz, Lipinski, Blumenauer, Loebsack, Eshoo, David Young, DeFazio, Higgins, Jackson Lee, Garamendi, Don Young, Pocan, Napolitano, Capuano, Roybal-Allard, Engel, Jenkins, McKinley, Murphy, Shea-Porter, Courtney, Beatty, Takano, Pingree, Yarmuth, Rogers, Delaney, Aguilar, […]

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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 Small Businesses, 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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Briefing TOMORROW: “Immigration Policy Failures: from Family Separation to Detention Practices”

Over the past five years, the United States has seen a shift in the demographics of migrants encountered at our borders. Previously, the majority of these migrants were adult males, often from Mexico, seeking employment. Now, more families and children coming
mostly from Central America are seeking protection in the United States. The Trump Administration has scaled up its interior immigration enforcement actions and increasingly detained undocumented migrants who have U.S. citizen children. DHS’ use of family
separation as a deterrent for people seeking asylum or migrating illegally to the United States has long-term ramifications. Despite repeated requests and statements by the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 200 child welfare, juvenile justice and child
development organizations, and Members of Congress to stop the practice, DHS continues to either separate families shortly after apprehension or through immigration enforcement actions and detention.

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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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Prevent Addiction Among Young Americans

We invite you to cosponsor our recently introduced legislation, the Student and Student Athlete Opioid Misuse Prevention Act, to expand youth-focused addiction prevention programs. As the opioid and heroin crisis continues to devastate communities across
our country, young people are at unique risk for misusing medication and developing addiction. Young people often have their first exposure to opioids after a sports injury or common surgery such as wisdom tooth removal. But too often we leave students and
student athletes insufficiently informed to understand the proper use of pain medication and the risk of addiction.

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