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Care Report Highlights Need for Changes at VA

Last month the Commission on Care released their final report recommending ways Congress and the administration can make the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) work better for our nation’s veterans. The report was required by the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, a bill I helped negotiate. Throughout the August district work period, I’ve been studying the report and talking with veterans in East Tennessee. While many are p...


Democrats Blocking Zika Bills as the Virus Spreads

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that the first cases of locally-acquired Zika had been diagnosed in Miami, Florida. Up to this point, patients diagnosed with Zika in the United States had been infected while traveling, including 23 Tennesseans as of August 1. The cases diagnosed in Florida last week, however, were acquired locally. This is no longer just a concern to travelers; the Zika virus has arrived ...


Roe to Speak at Town Hall for Veterans

BRISTOL, TENN. – Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) will speak at a town hall forum for veterans in Tennessee’s First Congressional District on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at Bristol Regional Hospital. WHAT: Roe to Speak at Town Hall Meeting WHEN: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Bristol Regional Hospital 1 Medical Park Blvd. Bristol, TN 37620


An Update on the Fight Against Opioid Abuse

Last year, the Tennessee Department of Health announced that opioid overdoses in the state of Tennessee had reached epidemic proportions. In 2014, at least 1,263 Tennesseans died of an overdose, meaning more Tennesseans died from drug overdoses than car accidents. As a physician, I know some patients need help managing pain, but we must ensure medications are prescribed responsibly and any unused or expired medications are disposed of properly. W...