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When I worked at Legal Aid, I worked with uninsured families who had been bankrupted by an illness and were experiencing financial hardship on top of poor health. The Affordable Care Act has significantly expanded access to health care, including children’s oral health services, and we must maintain its protections for people with pre-existing conditions and insurance subsidies for people who qualify financially. More must be done, however, to make sure everyone has access to affordable, quality health care. I am proud to be a member of the Medicare for All Caucus and will continue to work to expand coverage and make health care more affordable for all.

 

It is critical that we build a health care workforce that can meet our country’s increasing needs. As a leader on the Congressional Nursing Caucus I helped craft bipartisan solutions to address the nursing shortage across the country, including making sure we have safe staffing in hospitals and providing additional funding for nurse training and workforce development.

 

Across the country and here in Northwest Oregon, communities are experiencing the tragic and often deadly emergency of opioid abuse. I have met with parents, health care professionals, community leaders, veterans, and people from all walks of life who have shared heart-wrenching stories about how the opioid crisis is taking lives and inflicting pain on Oregon families. My report on the opioid crisis includes what I learned, what steps we’ve already taken, and my priorities moving forward. One priority is making it as easy to dispose of unused opioids as it is to get a prescription. I introduced The Safe Disposal of Opioids Act to create a grant program to help pharmacies and other qualified locations install and maintain drug disposal bins. This bill requires opioid manufacturers to fund these grants through a small fee on the opioids they sell.

 

Rising prescription drug costs are a burden for many Americans, particularly seniors. I have heard too many stories of seniors forced to leave a prescription unfilled or cut pills in half because of high costs. We must do more to make prescription drugs more accessible and affordable to everyone. Current law prohibits the Secretary of Health and Human Services from negotiating for lower drug prices in Medicare. We should reverse this unnecessary restriction and leverage the purchasing power of the government to negotiate better prices for medications.

 

I will continue to be a strong advocate for consumers and patients as we work to address prescription drug costs and improve access to affordable health care for all.

 

 

More on Health Care

October 17, 2019 Press Release
Action to address skyrocketing prescription drug costs is long overdue and I’m proud to be part of a committee that is tackling the issue in a meaningful way.
October 15, 2019 Press Release
In an op-ed published in today’s New York Times, two former heads of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—one from a Democratic administration; one from a Republican administration—make a forceful case for Congress to pass the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act, legislation co-led by Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici.
September 24, 2019 Press Release
Constituent input informs the work I do, including taking action on the climate crisis, addressing student loan debt, and making sure everyone can access affordable health care. I look forward to discussing these and many other issues at my fall town hall meetings, in Cornelius, Sheridan, Scappoose, Portland, Gearhart, and Beaverton.
August 7, 2019 In The News

A larger vehicle will enable Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Clinic to provide better service to migrant workers and school children in the two counties it serves.

The new mobile clinic made its debut Tuesday, Aug. 6, in a ceremony at The Round/Beaverton City Hall during National Health Center Week. It also was scheduled for a stop Friday, Aug. 9, in Cornelius.

"It's a full medical and dental clinic on wheels," said Kasi Woidyla of Virginia Garcia. "We treat a lot of different ailments and we do it right here."

July 17, 2019 In The News

Two months after a congressional committee held an emotional, sometimes-combative hearing on Chemawa Indian School, the Oregon representatives leading improvement efforts see few signs of progress.

“The wheels of justice move slowly, but I am committed to staying the course and doing what is right for these Native American students,” said U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Oregon, in a statement Tuesday.

June 12, 2019 In The News

Legislators are fighting back against the nation's opioid crisis by tackling problems with prescription pills going unused. Often times, the leftovers end up in the wrong hands.

June 7, 2019 Press Release

 

BEAVERTON, OR – Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and state and county leaders gathered at Virginia Garcia Wellness Center for a progress report on their work to address the opioid crisis.

 

May 20, 2019 In The News

Teachers and parents of children who died in the care of Chemawa Indian School, or shortly after being removed from the facility, are demanding that Congress hold the Salem boarding school accountable.

May 16, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — Traesa Keith is the mother of a student who died at the Chemawa Indian School, a federally operated Native American boarding school. 

She said her daughter had one of the biggest hearts. She also said valuable time was lost because the school assumed her daughter’s medical emergency was a student fight.

Oregon representatives Kurt Schrader and Suzanne Bonamici even went to the school.

May 16, 2019 In The News

“Total crisis” was the phrase Sonya Moody-Jurado used in her Capitol Hill testimony to describe Chemawa Indian School, an off-reservation boarding school managed by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Education (BIE).

Moody-Jurado should know the school’s problems; she chaired the school board from 2015 to 2018.