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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

June 13, 2018 Press Release
"People are dying every day because of the opioid crisis, and too many people have seen their lives and families ravaged by substance abuse. Legislation passed today by the House will take steps toward helping families, preventing opioid abuse, and increasing treatment and recovery."
June 13, 2018 In The News

Oregon Democrat congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici explains why President Trump's praise of Kim Jong Un does not make sense to her, the concerns she has about the new agreement between the United States and North Korea, the bills in the House to help fight the opioid crisis, and her thoughts on immigration reform. 

June 6, 2018 In The News

WASHINGTON — Alex M. Azar II, the secretary of health and human services, denied on Wednesday that Trump administration policies were driving up health insurance costs, which many experts expect to surge again in 2019.

May 30, 2018 In The News

Just before Memorial Day, Congress passed a law that could lead to closure of veterans hospitals and send more veterans to private doctors for care. President Trump applauded the law’s passage. The AFL-CIO called it “a giant misstep toward privatization.”

May 16, 2018 Statements

Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to S. 2372, the VA MISSION Act because the bill falls short in fulfilling our commitment to veterans. Though this legislation contains many positive provisions to support our veterans and their caregivers, on balance it is a short-sighted approach that does not adequately provide for the long-term needs of those who have honorably served our country. The bill subjects funding for VA programming to the nondefense discretionary caps, which leaves it vulnerable to being underfunded or being funded at the expense of other critical programs in the future.

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