2/9/16 CRS Report: Medicaid’s Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP)

February 12, 2016

Medicaid is a means-tested entitlement program that finances the delivery of primary and acute medical services as well as long-term services and supports. Medicaid is jointly funded by the federal government and the states.

2/8/16 CRS Report: Medicare Trigger

February 9, 2016

The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA; P.L. 108-173) requires the Medicare Board of Trustees to provide in its annual reports an expanded analysis of Medicare expenditures and revenues (§801 of the MMA).

Protect Jobs: Protect Access to Care for the Elderly, Disabled, and Low Income

November 14, 2014

I urge you to join me in protecting access to critical health care services for disabled, elderly, and low-income individuals by cosponsoring the Ensuring Medicaid and Medicare Access to Providers Act (H.R. 5098). I recently introduced this legislation to provide a 2-year reprieve from Obamacare’s employer mandate for businesses that provide services through Medicare or Medicaid.

Protect Continuing Physician Education and Patient Care: Cosponsor H.R. 5539

November 13, 2014

The Physician Payment Sunshine Act was intended to give transparency with regard to payments and other financial transfers of value to physicians. Congress outlined 12 specific exclusions from the reporting requirement to ensure that medical practice and patient care would not be harmed.

Sign Bipartisan Letter to CMS Regarding Cuts to Breast and Prostate Cancer Radiation

October 23, 2014

Dear Colleague:
Please join us in urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator, Marilyn Tavenner, to delay the implementation of new codes which could result in significantly decreased patient access to low-cost, quality radiation treatment, especially for breast and prostate cancer patients.

It’s Time to Repeal the SGR. Urge Bipartisan Action this Year.

October 7, 2014

Dear Colleague:
For too long, Congress has failed to fix the broken Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula used to set reimbursement rates for physicians and other health care providers. With each “doc fix” cliff, health care providers are threatened with drastic cuts to their reimbursement rates and seniors risk losing access to their doctors. This insecurity is inexcusable and Congress can put an end to it now.

Closing Today: Urge the National Cancer Institute to Develop a Framework for Mesothelioma Research

July 10, 2014

From: The Honorable Betty McCollum Sent By: Date: 7/10/2014 Urge the National Cancer Institute to develop a framework for Mesothelioma research Current Signers: B. McCollum, C. Pingree, L. Lance, J. Moran, S. Farr, D. Young, G. Moore, G. Thompson, M. Honda, J. Brownley, H. Johnson, C. Shea-Porter, N. Lowey, F. LoBiondo, C. Maloney, J. Chaffetz, M. Michaud CLOSING TODAY! Dear Colleague, We respectfully ask you to join us in urging the […]

Cosponsor the Medicare Audit Improvement Act of 2013

July 10, 2014

From: The Honorable Adam B. Schiff Sent By: Bill: H.R. 1250 Date: 7/10/2014 Reform Medicare Audit Contracting: Eliminate Inefficiencies and Hold Auditors Accountable for Unfair, Costly Practices Bipartisan Cosponsors (175): Andrews, Bachus, Barletta, Barr, Barrow, Bera, Bishop (GA), Bishop (NY), Blackburn, Braley, Brooks (IN), Brown, Brownley, Bustos, Capito, Capuano, Chabot, Clay, Cleaver, Coffman, Cohen, Collins (NY), Conaway, […]

Heritage Foundation: Essential Health Benefits is Worst Regulation of 2013

July 10, 2014

From: The Honorable Renee L. Ellmers Sent By: Bill: H.R. 3450 Date: 7/10/2014 According to the Heritage Foundation, the “essential” health benefits mandate is the worst regulation of 2013.  Heritage reports, “Finalized early in 2013, these rules—a key part of the Obamacare health insurance scheme—imposed coverage requirements for individual health insurance policies. Required services for […]

Cosponsor the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act (HR 1281)

July 9, 2014

From: The Honorable Lucille Roybal-Allard Sent By: Bill: H.R. 1281 Date: 7/8/2014 Cosponsor the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act (HR 1281) Current Sponsors (103): Barton, Beatty, Becerra, Bera, Bishop, Calvert, Moore Capito, Capps, Cardenas, Castor, Castro, Christensen, Cicilline, Clarke, Cohen, Collins, Conyers, Costa, Courtney, Crowley, Davis, DeGette, Delaney, DeLauro, Dingell, Doyle, Ellison, Eshoo, Esty, Farr, Gallego, Garamendi, Garcia, Granger, Grayson, Green, Grijalva, Gutierrez, […]