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  • Legislation to Streamline Care and Reform Health Insurance for Seniors Reaches Bipartisan House Majority
    Posted in Press Releases on October 8, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Seniors

    Today, Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Mike Kelly (PA-16), Ami Bera (CA-07), and Larry Bucshon (IN-08) secured the support of a bipartisan majority for the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act (H.R. 3173) with 227 cosponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation would improve care for seniors by streamlining and standardizing the way Medicare Advantage (MA) plans use prior authorization and increasing oversight and transparency. Health insurers, including many MA p... Read more

  • DelBene, Duncan, Welch Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Increase Care Coordination for Seniors
    Posted in Press Releases on July 29, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Seniors

    Today, Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Jeff Duncan (SC-03), and Peter Welch (VT-At-Large) reintroduced the Seniors’ Chronic Care Management Improvement Act (H.R. 4755), bipartisan legislation that will facilitate better chronic care management (CCM) for Medicare beneficiaries. Chronic care management has been shown to meaningfully lower patient costs and results in better health outcomes but the practice remains underutilized because of the current Medicare payment structure. CCM services... Read more

  • DelBene, Kelly, Bera, Bucshon Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Make Care More Efficient for Seniors by Reforming Prior Authorization
    Posted in Press Releases on May 13, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Seniors

    Today, Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Mike Kelly (PA-16), Ami Bera (CA-07), and Larry Bucshon (IN-08) introduced the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act, bipartisan legislation that would improve care for seniors by streamlining and standardizing the way Medicare Advantage (MA) plans use prior authorization and increasing oversight and transparency around prior authorization. Health insurers, including many MA plans, require providers to obtain prior authorization for certain me... Read more

  • DelBene, Marshall, Bucshon, and O’Halleran Applaud CMS for Securing Medicare Payments on Innovative Cancer Therapies
    Posted in Press Releases on September 4, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Seniors

    Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Roger Marshall (KS-01), Larry Bucshon (IN-08), and Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) issued the following statement after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that secures access to groundbreaking cancer treatment. “CMS’ final rule will now fully cover CAR T-cell therapy providing lifesaving access to innovative cancer treatments for America’s seniors. New and existing immunotherapies are part of a rapidly advancing field that is deli... Read more

  • DelBene, Walorski, Sewell, Bilirakis, Marshall Support CMS Proposal to Increase Access to Breakthrough Cures
    Posted in Press Releases on August 31, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Seniors

    Today, Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Jackie Walorski (IN-02), Terri Sewell (AL-07), Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), and Roger Marshall (KS-01) released the following statement after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) announced a proposed rule to streamline Medicare coverage for cutting-edge medical innovations. “We are pleased to see CMS’s proposal to help increase Medicare beneficiaries’ access to cutting-edge, innovative medical breakthroughs. These proposed changes reflect th... Read more

  • Legislation to Modernize Seniors' Health Care Secures Support from Bipartisan Majority of House
    Posted in Press Releases on June 12, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Seniors

    A bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives now supports the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2019 (H.R. 3107), introduced by Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Mike Kelly (PA-16), Roger Marshall, M.D. (KS-01), and Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-07). The bill would streamline and standardize prior authorization in Medicare Advantage (MA) and make the use of prior authorization more transparent. 219 members of Congress are now cosponsors of the legislation. “Clinicians and m... Read more

  • DelBene Reintroduces Critical Bipartisan Legislation Ensuring Patient Access to Breakthrough Medical Products
    Posted in Press Releases on December 6, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Science and Technology, Seniors

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) reintroduced the Ensuring Patient Access to Critical Breakthrough Products Act of 2019 (H.R. 5333). This bill would guarantee Medicare beneficiaries access to cutting-edge medical innovation by streamlining the coverage determination process and improving the availability of breakthrough devices for patients. DelBene’s bipartisan legislation is being co-led by Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN), Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Rep. Terri ... Read more

  • DelBene Calls for Clean Reauthorization of Home Visiting Program
    Posted in Press Releases on September 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Tax Reform, Seniors

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today called on Republicans to work with Democrats on a clean reauthorization of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program to ensure states and communities can continue helping children and families thrive. This traditionally bipartisan program provides in-home help to ensure new parents can raise children who are healthy, happy and ready for school. “I strongly support reauthorization of the Home Visiting progr... 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

  • 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