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  • Ways & Means, Energy & Commerce Members Introduce Bipartisan Bills to Strengthen Medicare Advantage Program
    Posted in Press Releases on May 21, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health , Full Committee

    WASHINGTON — Today, members on both sides of the aisle of the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee introduced four bills to improve the Medicare Advantage (MA) program for seniors. The four bipartisan bills are: H.R. 2506, the Seniors’ Health Care Plan Protection Act of 2015, introduced by Ways and Means members Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) and Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) and Energy and Commerce member Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), would delay the authority to t... Read more

  • Brady Opening Statement: Ideas to Improve Competition in the Medicare Program
    Posted in Press Releases on May 19, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health , Full Committee

    WASHINGTON — Today, Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) delivered the following opening statement during a hearing on ideas to improve competition in the Medicare program. "Welcome to today's hearing on improving competition within the important Medicare program. This is the first in a series of hearings this summer and fall to identify solutions to saving Medicare for the long term. "Today we're going to explore how much competition exists in Medicare: its impact, ben... Read more

  • Chairman Brady Announces Hearing on Ideas to Improve Competition in the Medicare Program
    Posted in Hearing Advisory on May 12, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, today announced that the Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, “Improving Competition in Medicare: Removing Moratoria and Expanding Access.” The hearing will take place on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, in Room 1100 of the Longworth House Office Building, beginning at 10:00 A.M. Oral testimony at this hearing will be from the invited witness only. However, any individual or organization may submit a written statement for conside... Read more

  • Ryan Statement on Senate Passage of Permanent 'Doc Fix'
    Posted in Press Releases on April 15, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health , Full Committee

    WASHINGTON — House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the following statement in response to Senate passage of H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, legislation permanently repealing the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). "Years of hard work have finally paid off. Medicare is now on sounder footing, and our seniors have more security. Much more needs to be done to save Medicare, but this legislation includes important structural reforms, makes the ... Read more

  • Boustany and Reichert Applaud Senate Passage of 'Doc Fix' Bill Extending MIECHV Programs through FY 2017
    Posted in Press Releases on April 15, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health , Human Resources, Full Committee

    WASHINGTON — Representative Charles Boustany (R-LA) and Representative Dave Reichert (R-WA) released the following statement after the Senate passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, which included an extension of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) programs through September 30, 2017. The MIECHV programs fall under the jurisdiction of the Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee, of which Boustany is the current Chairman and Reichert is th... Read more

  • Brady Opening Statement: Hearing on the Individual and Employer Mandates in the President’s Health Care Law
    Posted in Opening Statements on April 14, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health , Full Committee

    WASHINGTON — Today, Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) delivered the following opening statement during a hearing on the individual and employer mandates and associated penalties in the president's health care law. "With the successful replacement of the flawed formula for paying local doctors under Medicare nearly complete, I want to welcome everyone to the first hearing of the Health Subcommittee in the 114th Congress. "And I'd like to offer an especially warm welco... Read more

  • Chairman Brady Announces Hearing on the Individual and Employer Mandates in the President’s Health Care Law
    Posted in Hearing Advisory on April 7, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, today announced that the Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the individual and employer mandates and associated penalties in the President’s health care law. The hearing will take place immediately following a brief Subcommittee organizational meeting on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in Room B-318 of the Rayburn House Office Building, beginning at 10:00 A.M. Oral testimony at this hearing will be from the invited witness only. ... Read more

  • Brady Applauds Passage of Medicare Payment Fix
    Posted in Press Releases on March 26, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health , Full Committee

    WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives today voted to permanently fix the broken Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. The bipartisan plan fixes the long-standing problem of how doctors get paid for treating the 53 million Americans who depend on Medicare. “Congress has averted a continuation of a national health-care crisis,” said Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), who voted in favor of the legislation. “Doctors can now worry about patients instead of p... Read more

  • Ryan Commends House Passage of Reforms to Strengthen Medicare
    Posted in Press Releases on March 26, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health , Full Committee

    WASHINGTON — Upon passage of H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement: "This is a firm step toward patient-centered health care. After years of manufactured crises, this bill will give doctors the certainty they need and seniors the security they deserve. We have a lot more work to do to save Medicare, but this plan will strengthen the program. It will put our focus on the long-term reforms we need. And I'm ... Read more

  • Paul Ryan Op-Ed: A Chance to Strengthen Medicare
    Posted in Press Releases on March 25, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health , Full Committee

    Washington Examiner op-ed Medicare is going broke, but this week we have a chance to start fixing it. And we can do it—with bipartisan support—by repealing a clumsy payment system that has threatened seniors' access to care and vexed Congress for nearly two decades. Here's the problem: In 1997, Congress tried to put a lid on Medicare's costs by capping doctor payments with a formula called the "sustainable growth rate." Under the law, if Medicare spent more than the cap in one year, it would hav... Read more