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  • 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

  • The Senate health care plan is a disaster for gig economy workers
    Posted in In the News on July 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Jobs and the Economy

    The gig economy owes a lot to Obamacare. In the wake of the financial crisis, as smartphones were just becoming the norm, millions of Americans were out of work. Then, Uber hit the market one year before Obamacare was passed, and suddenly, the “gig economy” seemed feasible. Startups could launch without providing costly healthcare, and their workers—excuse me, independent contractors—didn’t have to worry about going broke if they got sick, thanks to help from the government. The gig economy expl... Read more

  • Protecting Medicare and Medicaid
    Posted in eNewsletters on July 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Seniors

    Dear Friend, For nearly 52 years, Medicare and Medicaid have provided quality healthcare to seniors across the country. I had the opportunity to mark the anniversary of these essential programs during my recent visit to two senior centers in our district this month. In Washington’s First District, more than 150,000 Americans receive lifesaving healthcare from Medicare and Medicaid. Nationwide, more than 120 million people depend on these vital programs to stay healthy and access needed medical c... Read more

  • Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Access to Dialysis Therapy Passes Through Pivotal Committee
    Posted in Press Releases on July 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Seniors

    Today, Reps. Diane Black (R-TN-06), Suzan DelBene (D-WA-01) and Patrick Meehan (R-PA-07) praised movement on their bipartisan legislation, also co-sponsored by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA-05), expanding access to home dialysis therapy under the Medicare program for patients with end stage renal disease. The bill, H.R. 3164, is included in the Medicare Part B Improvement Act of 2017 package that was marked up today by the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee. “The technological advancements in this ... Read more

  • Congresswoman DelBene Visit Turns Spotlight on Role of NIH, Medicare/Medicaid Funding
    Posted in In the News on July 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    “Across the country, Americans are suffering from heartbreaking medical conditions. If we are serious about breaking new ground in our understanding of complex diseases like Alzheimer’s, it’s absolutely essential we boost investments in medical research,” said Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) in a statement for the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2017 happening now in London. “That’s why I’ve called for increased funding in life-saving research at NIH to accelerate developmen... Read more

  • Ten House Democrats Unveil Plan to Stabilize and Improve the Individual Marketplace
    Posted in Press Releases on July 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Less than one week after Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stated that a limited bill could be needed to stabilize the health insurance marketplace, a group of House Democrats from across the political spectrum unveiled a five-part plan to improve upon the Affordable Care Act and stabilize the individual marketplace. The plan, titled Solutions over Politics, seeks to stabilize the individual market while protecting plans for people with pre-existing conditions, keeping costs down f... Read more

  • I need this treatment: Recovering addicts tell Murray, DelBene importance of Medicaid
    Posted in In the News on July 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    If Medicaid is taken away, I don’t know if I can still get help. That’s the message Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Suzan DelBene heard from recovering opioid addicts Friday in Seattle. “I had a physical and mental addiction to heroin, which led me to my first treatment program,” recovering addict Angelina Martain said. “The thought that I could get into a program, the fact that I could find help was so amazing. It was because of my insurance, because of Medicaid.” Click here for the whole story. Read more

  • It's about people
    Posted in eNewsletters on July 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Dear Friend, While Senate leaders may have delayed the vote, they are continuing to push their healthcare repeal bill that causes millions to lose health insurance, raises costs for middle-class families, decimates Medicaid and guts protections for women and seniors. We should be working together to give people better coverage at lower cost, not forcing them to pay more for less. But this is about more than numbers. It’s about people. This reckless proposal will have a devastating effect on fami... Read more