Cosponsor H.R.613 – TRICARE Reserve Select Improvement Act

Many of us are fortunate to live in communities with friends and neighbors who serve our country in uniform as citizen-soldiers.  Since September 11, 2001, our
nation has mobilized hundreds of thousands of these brave men and women from the reserve components of the military services to support overseas military operations.  In recognition of their service, Military Guardsmen and Reservists are eligible to purchase
affordable and robust health insurance known as TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS).

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Join the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus DEADLINE FRIDAY

We invite you to join the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus in the 116th Congress. Founded in 2008, the LGBT Equality Caucus is comprised of those Members of Congress who share the goal of advancing LGBTQ equality through legislation and opposing
discrimination against the LGBTQ community. In the 115th Congress, the bipartisan LGBT Equality Caucus had 123 Members and led the charge on some of the most important issues in the fight for LGBTQ equality including opposing anti-LGBTQ appropriations
amendments, pushing back against discriminatory directives from the executive branch, and pushing for passage of landmark LGBTQ civil rights legislation like the Equality Act.

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Strengthen Our Nursing Workforce

Please join us in securing the future of the Nursing Workforce Development Programs (Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act [42 U.S.C. 296 et seq]) by cosponsoring H.R. 728, the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2019. Administered
through the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Title VIII programs have supported the recruitment, retention and distribution of highly-educated professionals who comprise our nation’s nursing workforce for more than 50 years.

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Co-sign Letter to HHS on Fair Liver Transplant Allocation

We invite you to sign onto the following letter urging Secretary Azar and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to ensure the new liver allocation policy, recently passed by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) Board of Directors,
is implemented without delay. The existing liver allocation policy created wide disparities in access to transplants, causing disadvantaged patients to wait much longer and become much sicker before receiving a transplant. By eliminating arbitrary geographic
boundaries and prioritizing patient need, the new policy will save lives and reduce health care costs.

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Please Co-Sponsor the Medical Device Software Assurance Act of 2019

Active implantable medical devices are totally or partially introduced into the body and rely on external electrical energy to function. These devices play a significant
role in management of several diseases such as cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, spasticity, and patients with hearing or visual impairment. Active implantable medical devices fall into highest risk categories of medical devices listing
of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Implantable pacemaker, cochlear implants, implantable defibrillators, drug infusion pumps, neurostimulators, and cardiac resynchronization therapy devices are some examples. In August 2017, the Food and Drug Administration
was forced to recall about 500,000 pacemakers after discovering software vulnerabilities which could allow hackers to reprogram the devices and run the batteries down or alter the patient’s heartbeat.  

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Cosponsor the Bipartisan VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act

While data is limited, the American Legion, a congressionally-chartered Veteran Service Organization, commissioned a nationwide

survey in October 2017 on a portion of its approximately 2.2 million veteran members and found that 92 percent of all respondents support medicinal cannabis research and 82 percent of all respondents support legalizing medicinal cannabis. The survey also
found that “22 percent of veterans are currently using cannabis to treat a medical condition.” Therefore, medical research into the safety and efficacy of cannabis usage for medical purposes is timely, necessary, and widely supported by the veteran community.

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The Children’s Inn at NIH Congressional Reception – February 26, 2019

Members of Congress and Congressional staff are invited to a reception hosted by
The Children’s Inn at NIH  to welcome the 116th Congress. The Children’s Inn at NIH is a non-profit family-centered “Place Like Home” located on the
National Institute of Health campus where families are welcomed to live while their children are receiving care at NIH for life-challenging illnesses. Dr. Francis Collins, Director of National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Diane Baker will be present
to discuss The Inn’s mission and how Congress can offer continued support.

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Co-sign Letter to HHS on Fair Liver Transplant Allocation

We invite you to sign onto the following letter urging Secretary Azar and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to ensure the new liver allocation policy, recently passed by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) Board of Directors,
is implemented without delay. The existing liver allocation policy created wide disparities in access to transplants, causing disadvantaged patients to wait much longer and become much sicker before receiving a transplant. By eliminating arbitrary geographic
boundaries and prioritizing patient need, the new policy will save lives and reduce health care costs.

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