DEADLINE TOMORROW: 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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Support Vietnam Veterans affected by Agent Orange

In March 2016, the National Academy of Medicine released new research that formally recognized evidence of a link between bladder cancer, hypertension, hyperthyroidism, and Parkinson-like
conditions to exposure to Agent Orange, an herbicide used freely by the U.S. military in the jungles of Vietnam and the Korean demilitarized zone to remove trees and dense foliage that provided enemy cover. Currently there are 14 diseases on the Department
of Veterans Affairs’ “Veterans’ Diseases Associated with Agent Orange” list, which allows veterans suffering from these diseases to be compensated by the VA for related care.

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Join Letter to Director Mulvaney to Increase Funding for the Division of Viral Hepatitis at CDC

Please join Reps. Johnson and Meng in signing a letter to Director Mick Mulvaney asking to raise funding for the Division of Viral Hepatitis at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to $134 million, and to include $40 million to fully fund
the recently passed program to eliminate opioid-related infectious diseases within the Substance-Use Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act of 2018 (H.R. 6).

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Cosponsor the Bipartisan Violence Against Women Health Act of 2018

Please join us in cosponsoring the bipartisan Violence Against Women Health Act. In 2005, Congress reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) which included a new health title to develop a public health response to abuse by strengthening the health
care system’s identification, assessment and response of victims. To date, the VAWA Health program has trained more than 13,000 health care providers to assess for and respond to domestic and sexual violence in over 230 clinical settings serving more than
1.3 million patients. More patients are being screened, but more collaboration between health systems and advocates is needed to connect victims to services, help them escape the abuse, and improve their overall health and safety. 

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Sign Bipartisan Letter to the VA

In March 2016, the National Academy of Medicine released new research that formally recognized evidence of a link between bladder cancer, hypertension, hyperthyroidism, and Parkinson-like
conditions to exposure to Agent Orange, an herbicide used freely by the U.S. military in the jungles of Vietnam and the Korean demilitarized zone to remove trees and dense foliage that provided enemy cover. Currently there are 14 diseases on the Department
of Veterans Affairs’ “Veterans’ Diseases Associated with Agent Orange” list, which allows veterans suffering from these diseases to be compensated by the VA for related care.

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