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Health Care

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

May 2, 2018 In The News

Across the country and here in Northwest Oregon, communities are experiencing the tragic and often deadly emergency of opioid abuse. During the past few months, 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. I've convened community discussions in each of the five counties I represent to hear from local experts and families in the throes of addiction. Their stories are heartbreaking.

April 26, 2018 In The News

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici has added her own proposal to actions she says are needed for the nation to deal with opioid abuse.

Bonamici, a Democrat from Beaverton, has released her priorities based on numerous meetings and visits she has made during the past several months in northwest Oregon.

April 23, 2018 In The News
April 23, 2018 In The News

BEAVERTON, Ore. – Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici was in Beaverton to present her new legislation to create more disposal bins for unused prescription medication.

The Congresswoman has spent the last six months visiting with constituents, law enforcement officials, addicts in recovery, and many others to understand the scope of the opioid crisis here in Oregon. She has been looking for something that can be done now, and something that would hold the drug manufacturers accountable.

April 23, 2018 In The News

During six months of community discussions about the opioid crisis, U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici heard a recurring theme — the lack of options for someone to safely dispose of excess prescription pain pills after a surgery or illness.

Less than 5 percent of pharmacies, hospitals and other eligible sites in Oregon participate in drug disposal program, according to Bonamici, citing a Government Accountability Office study. Unused pills can be diverted to other family members or friends and misued.

March 30, 2018 In The News

Guns and safety headlined a town hall Thursday with U.S. Rep Suzanne Bonamici at Astoria High School.

A small crowd turned out for the discussion, the congresswoman’s sixth this month during a spring tour of her district in Northwest Oregon. She started out thanking Astoria sophomores Isabel Talley and Kegan Rascoe, who handed her a stack of 78 signed form letters from students and staff calling for more federal funding to improve school safety.

March 22, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed a bill to fund the government through September.