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  • 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

  • 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

  • Rep. DelBene visits Northshore Senior Center to listen to seniors
    Posted in In the News on July 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Seniors

    Rep. Suzan DelBene recently visited two senior centers and heard concerns about the health care repeal bill being considered in the senate that would increase the seniors’ health care costs and cut the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Senate Republicans delayed a vote on the repeal bill this week due to a lack of votes and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to try again later this month. DelBene listened to concerns regarding the bill from First District seniors at the Northshore Se... Read more