Support Adolescent Health in FY2017 Appropriations

I write to ask you to join me in sending a letter to the Labor, Health, and Human Services and Educational Appropriations (LHHS) Subcommittee Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro in support of programmatic funding for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP), the Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH), and the elimination of funding for the ineffective abstinence-only-until-marriage (AOUM) grant program in FY2017.

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Letter to CMS Regarding Patient Access Issue

Accessing needed health care treatments allows patients battling rare diseases and serious chronic illness to lead their lives without a crushing financial burden. For decades, independent, non-profit, charitable organizations have stepped in to help these patients obtain the coverage and treatments they need by providing patients with premium, co-payment and co-insurance assistance.

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Cosponsor H.R. 3913, the Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act

There are an estimated 43 million family caregivers in the U.S. Whether tending to a father with Alzheimer’s disease, a mother with Multiple Sclerosis, an injured spouse from combat overseas, or a child with autism, these caregivers provide an estimated $470 billion in uncompensated care in the U.S., more than the total Medicaid spending in 2013. Family caregivers devote a substantial amount of time and effort caring for their loved ones to make it possible for their family member to remain in the home.

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Join the Fight Against Opioid and Heroin Addiction (v. 2)

Every day communities across the country are struggling with the challenges of managing opioid and heroin addiction. 74 Americans die each day of drug overdoses – nearly 3 deaths, every hour, of every single day – staggering. Since 2000, the rate of overdose deaths has increased 137%, including a 200% increase in the rate of overdoses attributed to opioids.

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