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  • 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

  • DelBene Calls for Increased Medical Research Funding for Alzheimer’s Disease
    Posted in Press Releases on July 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    BOTHELL – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today met with researchers at the University of Washington’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC), a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research center. President Trump’s budget would cut NIH funding by more than $7 billion, despite broad bipartisan support for the federal medical research agency. DelBene has called for an increase in NIH funding next year, and successfully helped secure a historic $2 billion increase in the 2017 spendi... Read more

  • Seniors worried about cuts to health care
    Posted in In the News on July 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Seniors

    Carole Hood is battling both bone cancer and breast cancer. Right now, Medicare pays for her treatment, but she fears the burden will fall on her if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. “[Medicare] has always done the best and if they cut that, I don’t know what I would do,” Hood said. The Virginia woman moved to Monroe’s Brookdale assisted living facility to be closer to her son and does not want to burden her family if the costs end up falling on her. It is not just her. Click here for the who... Read more