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  • In Response: We need to protect life-saving air ambulance services
    Posted in In the News on September 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Imagine you and your loved ones are hiking through the Chippewa National Forest, fishing on Mille Lacs Lake, or relaxing on your family farm. Suddenly, you start to notice tingling sensations in your arms followed by chest tightness and pain and a struggle to catch your breath. Imagine all of a sudden you're having a heart attack. When unexpected medical emergencies like this strike, it is critical to access the right kind of care as quickly and as safely as possible. In a state like Minnesota, ... Read more

  • Harnessing the Future of Medicine
    Posted in In the News on September 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Science and Technology

    Medicine is changing rapidly. Innovations in precision medicine, immunotherapy, population health and genomics are dramatically transforming the outlook for hundreds of heartbreaking conditions — including Alzheimer’s. But to harness the full potential of these advances, Congress must be forward-looking in protecting and strengthening the life-saving medical research underway in labs across the country, including right here in Washington state. This summer, I had the opportunity to meet with sci... Read more

  • DelBene Calls for Bipartisan Approach to Tax Reform
    Posted in Press Releases on August 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Tax Reform, Seniors

    BOTHELL – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today reiterated the need for a bipartisan approach to comprehensive tax reform while Speaker Paul Ryan visited the Boeing Co. in Everett: “We have a once in a generation opportunity to modernize our tax code, if Republicans include Democrats in the legislative process. There is no question that our tax laws are in desperate need of thoughtful reform. Done properly, tax reform could eliminate inequities in the code, and give working families and busi... Read more

  • Washington lawmakers tackling opioid shipping loophole
    Posted in In the News on August 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Gregory L. Smith of Seattle was charged Monday with importing fentanyl from China. Fentanyl is an opioid 50-times stronger and more deadly than heroin. According to documents filed in U.S. District Court, some of the 24 packages shipped to Smith were labelled "toy", "commercial samples" or "health products." The packages included no reference at all to the deadly opioid inside. Washington State Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-1) is co-sponsoring a bill that would strengthen the monitoring of packages sent... Read more

  • Editorial: Facing 37 opioid overdoses in one week
    Posted in In the News on August 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    It’s a chilling snapshot. A week’s worth of data that is both frightening and illuminating. Working with hospital emergency rooms, fire and police departments, ambulance services, a needle exchange program and other sources, the Snohomish Health District collected reports on the number of heroin- and other opioid-related overdoses in the county from July 17 to 23. During that week, 37 overdoses were reported. In three cases, the overdoses resulted in deaths, two people in their 50s, one in his o... Read more

  • DelBene Introduces Birth Control Privacy Act to Protect Female Workers
    Posted in In the News on August 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) has reintroduced the Birth Control Privacy Act to ensure women’s personal medical decisions about contraception are not disclosed to their employers – preventing serious exposures of personal health data and protecting the financial security of millions of women and their families. “If a woman stops filling her prescription for birth control, her boss shouldn’t be the first to know,” DelBene said. “A woman’s decisions about contraception and family planning ar... Read more

  • DelBene Introduces Bill to Protect Women’s Privacy at Work
    Posted in Press Releases on July 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today reintroduced the Birth Control Privacy Act (H.R. 3443) to ensure women’s personal medical decisions about contraception are not disclosed to their employers — preventing serious exposures of personal health data and protecting the financial security of millions of women and their families. “If a woman stops filling her prescription for birth control, her boss shouldn’t be the first to know,” DelBene said. “A woman’s decisions about contraception and fam... Read more

  • DelBene, Walorski Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Access to Air Ambulance Services
    Posted in Press Releases on July 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Seniors

    Reps. Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Jackie Walorski (IN-02) introduced bipartisan legislation to improve access to emergency air medical services that are critical to providing emergency medical care and saving lives in rural communities. The Ensuring Access to Air Ambulance Services Act (H.R. 3378) would update Medicare reimbursement rates for air ambulance service providers based on the actual cost of care. “We must ensure no American faces barriers to the critical care they need in an emergency.... Read more

  • House Passes DelBene Bill Expanding Access to Home Dialysis
    Posted in Press Releases on July 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today welcomed House passage of her bipartisan bill (H.R. 3164), which was included in the Medicare Part B Improvement Act. DelBene introduced H.R. 3164 with Reps. Diane Black (R-TN-06), Patrick Meehan (R-PA-07) and Mike Thompson (D-CA-05) to expand access to home dialysis therapy under the Medicare program for patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD). “Allowing patients to receive dialysis at home can dramatically improve their health outcomes and qualit... Read more

  • Uber and the gig economy used to love Obamacare. What happened?
    Posted in In the News on July 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Jobs and the Economy

    The Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare is, for now, mothballed, in no small part because of Democratic resistance, fierce opposition from industry groups, and, above all else, GOP disarray. What didn’t help doom the effort: an enormous U.S. industry that repeatedly joined President Obama to promote the Affordable Care Act. Uber, Lyft, and a long list of other technology companies that power the so-called gig economy once rallied behind Obamacare as a major boon for their freelance... Read more