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  • DelBene Submits 15 Community Projects for Dedicated FY23 Funding Totaling Over $28M
    Posted in Press Releases on May 18, 2022 | Preview rr

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) announced the submission of 15 community projects in Washington’s 1st Congressional District to be considered for dedicated Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) funding. The projects, totaling over $28 million, include regional trail and roadway improvements, health and wellness centers, green job training, emergency services, and wastewater and sewer infrastructure projects. “These projects will help strengthen essential services in our communities by building new ... Read more

  • DelBene Announces Winner of 2022 Congressional Art Competition
    Posted in Press Releases on May 17, 2022 | Preview rr

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) announced Peter Lee, a junior at Interlake High School, as the winner of the 2022 Congressional Art Competition for Washington’s 1st Congressional District. Lee’s acrylic painting, “With A Purple Heart,” will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. “As always, I am in awe of the creativity and empathy of our young artists in WA-01,” said DelBene. “Our winner, Peter showed a clear mastery of material and medium as well as immense compassion throug... Read more

  • USDA To Begin DelBene’s Heat-Related Crop Loss Relief Program
    Posted in Press Releases on May 16, 2022 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s announcement that it will soon begin providing $6 billion in relief for farmers and ranchers impacted by 2020 and 2021 natural disasters, including heat-related losses: “Last year’s historic heatwaves had sweeping impacts for farmers and ranchers across Washington state, from scorching berries on the canes to cooking shellfish alive in the water. The program USDA is rolling out tod... Read more

  • Prior Auth Reform Legislation Reaches Critical Milestone Setting the Stage for Floor Action
    Posted in Press Releases on May 12, 2022 | Preview rr

    Today, Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Mike Kelly (PA-16), Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-07), and Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) released the following statement after their proposal to modernize prior authorization in Medicare Advantage, the Improving Seniors' Timely Access to Care Act (H.R. 3173), surpassed 290 cosponsors, setting the bill up for consideration by the full House. “We take a critical step forward for America’s seniors today. Our legislation to bring the antiquated prior authorization p... Read more

  • Draft Roe Decision Underscores Urgent Need for Data Privacy Law
    Posted in Press Releases on May 10, 2022 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Science and Technology

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) released the following statement on the critical need for a strong national consumer privacy standard in light of the draft Supreme Court decision striking down Roe v. Wade: “If the draft Supreme Court decision becomes the final, it will threaten women in a multitude of ways in this country. Because our tech laws are so behind, the personal information of millions of women is currently at risk. This includes data from internet searches about reproductiv... Read more

  • Following Scathing HHS Report, Prior Auth Leaders Demand Bipartisan Reforms
    Posted in Press Releases on April 28, 2022 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Today, Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Mike Kelly (PA-16), Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-07), and Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) released the following statement in light of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General report on the abuse of prior authorization in Medicare Advantage (MA): “Today’s HHS Inspector General report underscores the urgent need for reforms in the current prior authorization system. Seniors should not be denied care for routine treatments and procedu... Read more

  • Pelosi Appoints DelBene to Innovation Bill Conference Committee
    Posted in Press Releases on April 7, 2022 | Preview rr

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) issued the following statement after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed her to the bipartisan conference committee for the America COMPETES Act tasked with reaching a final agreement on the innovation legislation with the Senate. “It’s an honor to be appointed by Speaker Pelosi to this critical conference committee. This important bill will help create good-paying American jobs, make sure the U.S. remains a global technology leader in the 21st century... Read more

  • Mental Health Groups Endorse Bipartisan Prior Authorization Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on April 5, 2022 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Today, a coalition of 46 mental health advocacy organizations endorsed bipartisan reforms that would modernize and streamline the prior authorization process. Led by the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG), the coalition sent a letter to the sponsors of the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act (H.R. 3173/S. 3018) announcing their support for the bipartisan legislation that would streamline and standardize the way Medicare Advantage (MA) plans use prior authorization and increase oversight... Read more

  • DelBene, Walorski, Walberg, Craig Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Telehealth Benefits for American Workers
    Posted in Press Releases on March 31, 2022 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Today, Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Jackie Walorski (IN-02), Tim Walberg (MI-07), and Angie Craig (MN-01) introduced the Telehealth Benefit Expansion for Workers Act, bipartisan legislation that would expand Americans’ access to employer-sponsored health benefits by classifying telehealth as an excepted benefit. The Telehealth Benefit Expansion for Workers Act would allow job creators to offer a stand-alone telehealth service program, similar to dental and visions plans, in addition to... Read more

  • DelBene, Ambassador Tai Highlight Trade’s Critical Role in WA Economy
    Posted in Press Releases on March 30, 2022 | Preview rr

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) discussed trade’s critical role to Washington state’s economy during a House Ways & Means Committee hearing with U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai. She also questioned Ambassador Tai on market access in the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, which would open new economic opportunities for Washington state businesses and workers in the growing Pacific region. The hearing video can be found here and the transcript is below: DelBene: As you know, Washi... Read more