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Everyone in our country should have access to affordable health care. When I worked at Legal Aid, I saw firsthand the devastating effects caused by a lack of accessible health care. This, along with my experience on the Health Care Committee in the Oregon House of Representatives, further cemented my conviction that quality health care must be accessible to all and that increased access will drive down costs. When people have access to primary and preventive care, they avoid high-cost health care in emergency rooms. This results in fewer instances of chronic disease and better outcomes at a lower cost.
 
Affordable health care includes mental health services. As a member of the Mental Health Caucus, I understand the importance of ensuring that those with mental illness receive proper care and treatment.  
 
A focus on prevention, both in the doctor’s office and at home, is also key to ensuring a healthy future for our country. I am a cosponsor of the Personal Health Investment Today Act, which provides tax incentives for citizens who purchase exercise equipment, join gyms, and stay active.  Additionally oral health has a significant impact not only on our physical health, but also in our day-to-day lives and our children’s success at school. When kids are suffering in the classroom with dental problems, they are not concentrating and they are not learning. The Breaking Barriers to Oral Health Act, which I have cosponsored, will help remedy this problem by encouraging public-private partnerships to improve oral education for underserved populations and improve access to dental health care for low-income children.
 
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), other government health agencies, and the exceptional research institutions in Oregon make valuable contributions to the health of our country. Continued investment in their research is essential.  I support robust funding for the NIH, which does its own research and also awards grants across the country to increase our understanding of diseases, develop treatments, and find cures. Additionally I have cosponsored bills to support research in pancreatic cancer, psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, breast cancer, bleeding disorders, Down syndrome, and rare diseases.
 
Another issue impacting the country’s health care system is the nationwide shortage of nurses. Nurses and nurse practitioners perform a crucial role in doctors’ offices, hospitals, and schools, and we must give them the support they need.  I have consistently advocated for nursing workforce development programs and will continue to fight to ensure they are funded.

 

 

 

More on Health Care

December 6, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici highlighted Oregon’s leadership on family-friendly workplace policies that provide workers with paid sick days and predictable schedules.
December 5, 2017 In The News

In a visit to the Virginia Garcia Wellness Center on Tuesday in Cornelius, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown openly called for congress to re-authorize the Child Health care Insurance Program — funding Virginia Garcia officials say is crucial to the services they provide.

Following a tour of the clinic, Brown spoke to a collection of clinic staff members with two beneficiaries of CHIP funding — Diego and his mother, Martha — at her side.

November 28, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici and Oregon reproductive health leaders held a discussion about legislation the Congresswoman introduced to improve maternal and infant health outcomes and reduce rates of unintended pregnancy.
November 26, 2017 In The News

Lawmakers are heading back to Capitol Hill after the Thanksgiving break with a lot to accomplish before the end of the year.

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici sat down with KATU’s Deb Knapp before the holiday weekend for a conversation on what she hopes to accomplish after Congress resumes.

November 24, 2017 In The News

When Dan McMahon fractured his leg over the Fourth of July, he refused to take prescription drugs for the pain.

McMahon dislikes pain as much as anyone else, but he has a somewhat unique perspective.

“Pain is good,” he said. “It lets us know we’re not supposed to do something.”

What McMahon shouldn’t be doing is taking prescription painkillers. He took some when he was a teenager, and was introduced to years of torturous opioid addiction as a result.

November 21, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici introduced legislation aimed at improving maternal and infant health outcomes and reducing rates of unintended pregnancy.
November 20, 2017 In The News

Funding to re-authorize the Children's Health Insurance Program will likely need to come as part of a larger funding package on the floor of the U.S. Senate, according to representatives from the office of U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden.

CHIP funding is used to cover gaps for students without health insurance at Virginia Garcia's school-based health centers in Washington and Yamhill counties, including a clinic at Century High School in Hillsboro.

November 17, 2017 In The News

This fall I wrapped up a series of six town hall meetings with two final meetings in Cannon Beach and Portland. I celebrated the Portland Thorns’ victory in the National Women’s Soccer League Championship—go Thorns! Another highlight was working with Senator Jeff Merkley to bring the “I Am Not Invisible” exhibit featuring Oregon women veterans to the nation’s capital. Too often women veterans feel invisible, but seeing the faces and stories of women veterans from Oregon in the halls of Congress was a proud moment for me and for women veterans everywhere.

November 16, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici stood up for working families in Oregon and across the country by voting against the partisan House Republican tax plan.
November 9, 2017 Page

Enrollment for health insurance coverage in 2018 is open now at HealthCare.Oregon.gov and lasts until December 15. Even if you already have insurance, it's a good idea to compare plans and make sure you have the most affordable insurance plan that offers the best coverage for your needs.