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Dr. Roe & Chairman Miller: VA Crisis Line Failures Indicative of Pervasive Culture of Unaccountability

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) and Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL) sent a letter to VA Secretary McDonald regarding a recent Associated Press story alleging that employees of the VA’s crisis hotline routinely ask to leave early and rarely spend their time “engaged in productive activity.” The claims were made by the former director of the VA’s Veterans Crisis Line, Greg Hughes. The letter, found here, requests an explanation fro...


Obamacare is An Irreparable Disaster

This week brought more bad news for President Obama’s health care law. BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) of Tennessee, the state’s largest insurer, announced they were pulling out of the exchanges in three Tennessee regions: Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville. BCBS provides coverage to roughly 83 percent of Tennesseans in the individual market, and roughly 131,000 across the state are losing their coverage because of this announcement. I find this deeply...


Roe Statement on BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) released the following statement after BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee announced they are pulling out of the exchange in three Tennessee regions: “This is deeply troubling news, and – on top of BlueCross’ proposed 62% rate increase for 2017 - the latest sign that the Affordable Care Act is in need of wholesale reform. At the end of the day, many Tennesseans are worse off, not better, than the...


Roe Introduces Bill to Ensure Equal Access to Electronic Materials and Technology at Higher Education Institutions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Reps. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) and Joe Courtney (D-CT) introduced H.R. 6122, the Accessible Instructional Materials in Higher Education (AIM-HE) Act. The bill would establish an independent commission to develop voluntary guidelines for accessible postsecondary electronic instructional materials and related technologies to ensure students with disabilities have access to the same educational materials as non-disabled st...