Provide Relief to Health Shortage Areas Through Physician Visa Reform

Our nation is facing a crisis of a lack of qualified doctors. Each year, fewer medical students are graduating to replace retiring doctors to meet our country’s demand. Furthermore, graduates have little incentive to practice in shortage areas (which are
often in rural areas) because, as studies have shown, medical students often go on to practice in the area where they complete their residency. Most residency programs are located in large cities.

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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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Remove Marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act: Support H.R. 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017

Even though 30 states have legalized medical marijuana and over 60 percent of Americans support legalization, marijuana is still listed under Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act. Enforcing federal prohibition of marijuana will only serve to increase
incarcerations, prevent invaluable research into its medicinal benefits, and create financial barriers for businesses.

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Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus Briefing: Is a Universal Flu Vaccine Possible?

We want to draw your attention to an invitation you should have already received from the Coalition for the Life Sciences (CLS). On Wednesday, June 20th at 12:00 noon, CLS cordially invites you to attend a briefing entitled In
a Universal Flu Vaccine Possible? in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2043. The distinguished speaker will be James E. Crowe, Jr., MD, from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Hard Deadline Today at 12:30p: Sign Letter to CMS Administrator re Alzheimer’s Disease and Medicare Reimbursement for Key Assessments

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 5.3 million Americans age 65 and older are currently living with Alzheimer’s, and this number is projected to increase nearly 35% to 7.1 million people by 2025. Failure to establish an accurate and timely
diagnosis can contribute to delays in effective treatment, delays in patient and family planning, inappropriate and unnecessary treatment, and complications in the treatment of comorbid medical conditions.

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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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