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.
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Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers, along with State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee Chairwoman Kay Granger and Labor, Health and Human Services Subcommittee Chairman Tom Cole responded today to the Administration’s announcement that federal agencies will use existing funding for efforts to address the Zika epidemic. In February, the Chairs called on the Administration to tap into these existing funds to provide the quickest and most efficient response to the Zika outbreak.
The statement follows:
WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision that ObamaCare subsidies for 34 states that use the federal insurance exchange are legal:
Dallas – President George W. Bush was honored at a gala last night in Dallas for his unprecedented commitment in the fight against malaria. President Bush was given the Global Leadership Award by Malaria No More in recognition of the pioneering role that he played in founding the President’s Malaria Initiative and supporting the Global Fund, which together have contributed to more than 4.3 million lives saved and 670 million malaria cases averted since 2000.
By Lora Hines
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Family Research Council (FRC) Action honored Members of Congress with their “True Blue” award for the Member’s unwavering commitment and consistent support of faith, family and freedom. In all, 114 representatives were honored with the award for the 113th Congress, scoring a perfect 100 percent on this year’s scorecard.
Votes in the U.S. House included:
The Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs will come to order.
I want to welcome all the Members to the first subcommittee hearing for the 114th Congress. The purpose of today’s hearing is to oversee funding within the State-Foreign Operations Subcommittee’s jurisdiction to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the Ebola outbreak.
I would like to welcome our three witnesses:
On Tuesday, the House voted again to repeal the health care law.
We did so because the message from November was clear that the American people disagree with the direction the country is heading and many of President Obama’s policies. This includes the health care law and the struggles people have faced since the law was implemented.
Washington Post - Fact Checker
The absurd claim that only Republicans are to blame for cuts to Ebola research
By Glenn Kessler, October 15, 2014
“Republican cuts kill”
– new Web ad by the Agenda Project Action Fund
Today, Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12), chairwoman of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, sent letters to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden urging the Administration to consider adding Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston (IAH) to the additional Ebola airport screening list.