Seniors

DelBene Introduces Updated Prior Authorization Reform Bill

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Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) introduced an updated Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act along with Representatives Mike Kelly (PA-16), Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) and Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-06) and Senators Roger Marshall, M.D. (KS), Kyrsten Sinema (AZ), John Thune (SD), and Sherrod Brown (OH). The bipartisan legislation would help get seniors the care they need and…

DelBene, Obernolte Celebrate Full Committee Passage of the HOLD Act

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Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously passed the Honor Our Living Donors (HOLD) Act (H.R. 6020) that Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Jay Obernolte (CA-23) introduced. The HOLD Act will allow more living donors to qualify for wage, travel, and caregiver reimbursements when donating organs. “No one should have to choose between a paycheck and donating a…

Lawmakers Urge Health Regulators to Develop Kidney Screening Recommendations

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Today, Congressional Kidney Caucus Co-Chairs Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) led a bipartisan group of 44 members of Congress urging federal health regulators to develop a screening recommendation for people at high risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD). CKD is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and significantly increases the risk of cardiovascular…

DelBene Highlights Efforts to Lower Health Care Costs at Bothell Senior Center

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Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) hosted a forum at the Northshore Senior Center in Bothell to hear concerns from residents and highlight her work in Congress to lower health care costs. Last week marked the 14th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, the historic law that has allowed millions of Americans to access affordable, high-quality health care coverage while protecting…

Kidney Caucus Co-Chairs Statement on National Donor Day

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Today, Congressional Kidney Caucus Co-Chairs Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Larry Bucshon, MD (IN-08) released the following statement on National Donor Day. “Today we honor all those who have selflessly donated organs and tissue to save the lives of their families, friends, and fellow Americans. As Co-Chairs of the Congressional Kidney Caucus, we give special recognition to living donors…

Congressional Prior Auth Champions Welcome New CMS Regulations

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Today, Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Mike Kelly (PA-16), Ami Bera, MD (CA-06), and Larry Bucshon, MD (IN-08), and Senators Roger Marshall, MD (KS), Sherrod Brown (OH), John Thune (SD), and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) issued the following statement on CMS’ long-awaited prior authorization regulations:  “Today’s action by CMS is a major win for seniors and their families. These new…

DelBene, Miller, Cárdenas, Bucshon Urge Medicare to Expand Access to Home Dialysis

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Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Carol Miller (WV-01), Tony Cárdenas (CA-29), and Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to expand access to home dialysis for Americans on Medicare. In a letter, the lawmakers urged Medicare to expand coverage for home dialysis to Medicare patients at risk of or currently diagnosed with acute…

DelBene: Government Not Shutdown Today Because Democrats Held Fast Against GOP Extremism

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Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) joined MSNBC’s The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart to discuss how Congress successfully avoided a Republican-led government shutdown. The video can be found here and the transcript is below.   Capehart: Congresswoman, welcome back to The Sunday Show. Just, before we talk about why you’re really here, your reaction to…

DelBene: ’MAGA Shutdown Threatens Families, Economy

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Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) joined House Democratic Caucus Chair Pete Aguilar (CA-33) and Vice Chair Ted Lieu (CA-36) to highlight House Democrats’ accomplishments in strengthening the economy and middle-class, lowering costs, increasing wages for workers, and achieving record-low unemployment rates. Meanwhile, Republicans are willing to risk a government shutdown to…

DelBene Introduces Bill to Make it Easier for SNAP Participants to Access Job Training

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Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) introduced legislation that would make it easier for Americans participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) to access job training services. SNAP is the federal program that provides nutritional assistance to low-income families so they can put healthy food on the table. The SNAP E&T Enhancements…