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  • 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 Right now, Medicare pays for her treatment, but she fears the burden will fall on her if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.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

  • Republicans on defense on premiums in new health bill
    Posted in In the News on June 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., ended his news conference announcing his opposition to the Senate draft health bill by attacking its effect on premiums. Heller noted it would be a lie to say that the bill would lower premiums because there "isn't anything in the bill that would lower premiums." Heller's attack follows a statement from four conservative senators opposing the bill in its current form (Sens. Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Ron Johnson) in part on the grounds that it didn't do enough t... Read more

  • DelBene: Shame on Senate for Doubling Down on “Pay More for Less Healthcare” Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on June 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today released the following statement after Senate Republicans released their healthcare repeal bill: “It’s shameful the Senate is doubling down on House Republicans’ deeply unpopular, dangerous healthcare bill that robs millions of their health insurance, raises costs for middle-class families, decimates Medicaid and guts protections for women and seniors. No wonder Senate leaders insisted on keeping their plan secret, refused to hold hearings and are tryin... Read more

  • As cost of lifesaving drug jumps, can lawmakers intervene?
    Posted in In the News on June 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    When the Epipen price hike made headlines, Congress demanded a hearing with pharmaceutical company Mylan to figure out why the costs soared. Now, some lawmakers are demanding answers from ‘Big Pharma’ about the cost of naloxone, the opioid overdose antidote- sometimes called by one of its brand names, NARCAN. Click here to read the whole story. Read more

  • DelBene to Price: Trump Budget is Devastating to Women’s Health
    Posted in Press Releases on June 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today questioned Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price about the administration’s ongoing efforts to cut programs that support women and their access to healthcare. “Family planning shouldn’t be a partisan issue,” DelBene said at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on President Trump’s HHS budget. “Democratic women, Republican women and independent women all rely on contraception and family planning to decide the course of their lives and c... Read more

  • Members of Congress Condemn Leaked Proposal to Undermine Contraception Rule
    Posted in Press Releases on May 31, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Today, an interim final Trump Administration rule that would allow any employer to be exempt from the requirement to provide health insurance that includes contraception was leaked to the public. Reps. Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Judy Chu (CA-27), Diana DeGette (CO-01), Louise Slaughter (NY-25), Barbara Lee (CA-13), and Jackie Speier (CA-14), who recently sent a letter to Ivanka Trump inviting her to a meeting on the importance of affordable contraception, released the following statement: “Contrace... Read more

  • DelBene Statement on CBO Score of GOP Healthcare Repeal
    Posted in Press Releases on May 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today released the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scored Republican’s healthcare repeal bill: “Today’s report is a stark reminder of just how reckless it was for Congress to vote on sweeping healthcare legislation without knowing how many middle-class families it would harm. There is no denying that the CBO score confirms this is a dangerous and irresponsible bill that torpedoes protections for pre-existing conditions, robs mi... Read more