SUPPORT H.R. 1284 THE MEDICARE PATIENT ACCESS TO HOSPICE ACT

Physician assistants (PAs) provide high-quality, cost-effective medical care in virtually all healthcare settings, and they are one of three
types of healthcare professionals that provide primary medical care.  Unfortunately, outdated policies prevent PAs from being able to provide hospice care to their Medicare patients.  In response, we have recently introduced
H.R. 1284 the Medicare Patient Access to Hospice Act, which would remove this harmful barrier to care. The text is identical to H.R. 1202 from the 114th Congress.

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Support Rural Hospitals to Recruit & Retain

Throughout the nation, rural areas are experiencing a shortage of physicians.  To help address this problem in the surgical setting, we have reintroduced the Medicare Access to Rural Anesthesiology Act (H.R. 2881).  This bill will allow certain rural hospitals
to use Medicare Part A funds on a “pass-through” basis to attract and retain physician anesthesiologists. It is identical to the bill from the 114th Congress.

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Nursing Programs: Update and Remove Unnecessary Conflict

We invite you to cosponsor, H.R. 662, the Making Educating Nurses Dependable for Schools (MEND) Act in order to protect hospital based-nursing programs across the United States as they face conflicting regulatory requirements from Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services (CMS) and their accreditation bodies. As America’s health care needs evolve, these programs provide our nurses with the quality education necessary to serve their communities by providing the world-class care that Americans expect and deserve.
This is identical legislation to the MEND Act introduced in the 114th Congress.

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Cosponsor H.R. 3447: Address the Crisis of Medication Non-Adherence

We ask that you join us in cosponsoring bipartisan legislation to improve coordination of care for our nation’s Medicare beneficiaries. H.R. 3447, The Furthering Access to Coordinated Treatment for Seniors (FACTS) Act of 2017 takes serious strides to address
the crisis of medication nonadherence, estimated to be responsible for $300 billion in annual health care costs and 125,000 annual preventable deaths.

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Sign On Letter: Oppose Medicaid Work Requirements’ Administrative Burden

Please join me in sending a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Mediciad Services (CMS) expressing concerns with the Medicaid work requirement’s administrative burden.  This misguided policy will allocate resources away from providing care to recipients
while simultaneously reducing the number of insured Americans. Furthermore, it goes against the federal Medicaid statue and circumvents Congressional intent.

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

On January 4, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo to U.S. Attorneys rescinding protective policies that discouraged enforcement of federal controlled substance laws in states that have legalized marijuana.  Rescinding non-interference policies,
including the Cole Memo, is an attack on state sovereignty that will lead to a federal crackdown on States’ rights. This will impede patients’ and veterans’ access to critical medicine, and halt an industry that is growing and improving local economies.

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