Having raised my three children as a single mother and served as the primary care provider for my own mother, I understand how difficult it can be to afford the health care your family needs and how important it is that your family has access to affordable and hassle-free health care.
Today, too many Americans don’t have access to quality care – often times because it is far too expensive. Unfortunately, the costs keep rising year after year, making it increasingly difficult to ensure our families have access to the care they need. The nationwide problem is only amplified in Texas. With one in four Texans without health care, we have the highest uninsured rate in the country.
I was deeply disappointed that President Obama’s Affordable Care Act failed to do enough to address the rising cost of health care in America – which is one of the primary reasons I voted against this legislation in 2009 and subsequently voted for its repeal.
The way to improve access and the affordability of health care is not through burdensome mandates on states, employers, and individuals. There are other options. I have been a strong and consistent supporter of community health centers. Studies show these centers – which treat the insured and uninsured as well as Medicare and Medicaid patients – are a shining example of cost-effective health care. I have also authored legislation to provide individuals with tax credits that can be used toward the purchase of health insurance.
Medicare is also a vitally important program to many of my constituents; however, it is facing unprecedented budget challenges. According to the Trustees of the Medicare program, Medicare could be broke by 2024. I believe it is critically important that this program is preserved for those who are at or near retirement today, but also available for our children and grandchildren.
Research and Prevention
I am a strong believer that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Health care prevention efforts improve lives, lower health care costs, and help people live longer.
Prevention for many diseases begins during childhood. That’s why I’ve worked with young people throughout the district on this issue, encouraging them to become more active and eat healthier so we can fight childhood obesity together. By teaching our children healthy habits, we can positively impact the way they live, work and play – every day of their lives.
Prevention goes hand in hand with early detection. I have been a strong supporter of increasing colorectal cancer screening. Without a colonoscopy, it is difficult to diagnose colorectal cancer until it’s too late. I am pleased that over the past several years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded its colorectal screening program for low-income and uninsured individuals. This is a life-saving program.
Research is also an important component in the fight against diseases. I was proud to support the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act, which was signed into law in 2013. This law will advance research efforts to improve detection, treatment, and prevention of the most deadly cancers. I have also been a supporter of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which does invaluable research, using science to improve the lives of countless patients.
Medicare Physician Reimbursement
Under current law, if spending on Medicare physician services exceeds a set spending target, the physician payment rate is reduced. Such a reduction, however, would deliver a severe blow to our nation’s health care for seniors, as drastic cuts in payments could force many doctors to no longer accept Medicare patients. With fewer doctors accepting Medicare patients, many seniors could lose access to the doctor they trust and find it more difficult to find another physician that serves Medicare patients in their area.
To ensure seniors are protected, Congress has consistently passed temporary fixes, known as the “doc fix,” to make sure physician payments are not reduced. I voted in favor of H.R. 4015, a bill to permanently fix the Medicare physician reimbursement rate issue. Unfortunately the Senate did not consider this bill so we passed another temporary solution to the problem. I am optimistic that Congress will enact a long-term fix to the Medicare physician reimbursement rate issue, which is something I strongly support.
More on Health Care
Our fellow Texan, Representative Ron Wright, did not expect a cancer diagnosis when he went to his doctor for a routine physical last summer; unfortunately, that is exactly what he got. The doctor identified a spot on his lung that was concerning. Further testing showed that the spot was, in fact, lung cancer and it had already spread to his liver and his lymph nodes in his neck and chest. On August 23, 2018, Ron was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and was told the average life expectancy was 16 months. More clearly, Ron was not supposed to be alive today.
I would like to talk to you about one of the biggest concerns on people’s minds here in Texas, and in Washington- our healthcare.
It impacts every single one of us, so it is important that we get it right.
Last month in Washington there was a hearing on “Medicare for All”, a proposal that would mandate the government takeover of our healthcare system for every person.
This week, the House voted to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
November 3, 2017
This week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to fully fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), an important safety net program that provides healthcare to lower-income children.
The number one concern of people in the 12th District is the future of the American health care system. This is a primary concern of mine, and why I wanted to give you more information on what is happening now in Washington.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) released the following statement after voting for passage of the American Health Care Act, which repeals some of the most burdensome taxes and penalties affecting families in the 12th District.
The number one concern of people in the 12th District is the future of the American healthcare system. This is a primary concern of mine, and why I wanted to give you more information on what is happening now in Washington.
The Affordable Care Act was supposed to improve our nation’s health insurance system by giving people more choices, more coverage and affordable care. Below are some recent stories on this issue I’ve received from people in the 12th District. I sincerely appreciate hearing from each and every constituent who takes the time to contact me.
One of the most common concerns about the health care law that I hear from constituents is that their coverage has gotten worse since the law’s passage in 2010.
The federal government’s approach to fixing our nation’s health insurance system – Obamacare – has failed. Prices have gone up and choices have gone down. If this poorly-designed law is kept in place, things will only get worse and more families will face difficult situations.
Below are four questions I want to ask about your health insurance:
More than 11 million Americans suffer from severe mental illness. Those who suffer are most likely to become incarcerated and homeless, creating further challenges for them, their families and society down the road.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, along with Senate Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran and other senior members of the House and Senate committees, today sent a joint letter to President Obama urging White House action on Zika funding.