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  • Roe, Ruiz Bill to Repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board Passes House
    Posted in Press Releases on November 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House passed H.R. 849, the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act, a bill introduced by Reps. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) and Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA) to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) by a vote of 307 to 111. “I am thrilled the House passed my bipartisan legislation, and I thank my colleagues for supporting the repeal,” said Dr. Roe. “The IPAB has been given sweeping powers to change Medicare with little recourse to change direction. Today, a stro... Read more

  • Roe Congratulates Erwin Utilities on Receiving $15,000 Grant
    Posted in Press Releases on October 27, 2017 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) congratulated Erwin Utilities on receiving a $15,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission for its Cool & Connected Downtown Erwin Entrepreneurs Business Grant project. The project seeks to launch an entrepreneurial business plan competition as a collaboration between Erwin Utilities and the Unicoi County Joint Economic Development Board. The competition will be modeled off similar successful programs in nearby Bristol and Johnson Cit... Read more

  • Roe Statement on Budget Passage
    Posted in Press Releases on October 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after voting in favor of H.Con.Res. 71, the Senate-amended Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution: “Putting our fiscal house in order is one of my top priorities in Congress, and I’m proud the House and Senate agreed on a responsible budget. This resolution will pave the way for tax cuts that will allow East Tennesseans to keep more of their hard-earned pay, create good-paying jobs in the First District, and hel... Read more

  • Roe Applauds President’s Opioid Crisis Action; Encourages Participation in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
    Posted in Press Releases on October 26, 2017 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) responded to President Trump declaring the opioid crisis a National Public Health Emergency. He also announced that constituents who wish to dispose of unwanted, expired or unused medications will have the option to participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, an event coordinated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and local law enforcement, on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Roe released the following statement: “The opioid ... Read more

  • Roe Announces Veterans Cards Will be Available in November
    Posted in Press Releases on October 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    JOHNSON CITY, TENN. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) announced veterans identification cards will be available to order next month free of charge. Roe released the following statement: “Since I arrived in Congress I’ve heard from many veterans in the First District who would like official identification documenting their service, which is why I strongly supported the Veterans Identification Act when it overwhelmingly passed through Congress. By allowing veterans to obtain official identificat... Read more

  • Roe Announces District Staff Changes
    Posted in Press Releases on October 18, 2017 | Preview rr

    JOHNSON CITY, TENN – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) announced that his District Director, John Abe Teague, will retire at the end of the month. Roe also announced his field representative, Bill Darden, will take over as District Director, and Daryl Brady, who worked for Leadership Knoxville, has joined the office as field representative. Roe released the following statement on the staff changes: “John Abe Teague is a dear friend who has been with me from day one. He is truly an invaluable ass... Read more

  • Roe Statement on Cost Sharing Reduction Payments
    Posted in Press Releases on October 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) released the following statement after the Trump administration announced its intention to end Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) Payments: “As I’ve said time and time again, our nation is one of laws, and laws are written by Congress, not in the Oval Office. The previous administration often willfully ignored the constitutional limits of executive authority, and because the Affordable Care Act was a hastily-drafted, poorly-conceived law, the Trump ... Read more

  • Roe Statement on the Department of Labor’s Decision to Delay the Private Disability Insurance Regulation Rule
    Posted in Press Releases on October 12, 2017 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) released the following statement on the Department of Labor’s publishing a proposed rule in the Federal Register to delay the Obama administration’s disability claims rule for 90 days and solicit comments on rescinding, modifying or retaining the rule: “I commend Secretary Acosta for delaying yet another flawed rule from the previous administration related to the processing of private disability claims. Employer-sponsored disability insurance ... Read more

  • Roe, Kuster, MacArthur Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Manage Opioid Prescribing
    Posted in Press Releases on October 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Reps. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), Annie Kuster (D-N.H.) and Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) introduced the Opioid Addiction and Prevention Act of 2017, legislation to limit initial post-acute care opioid prescribing to ten days. The legislation would not preempt state law in states that have more limited timeframes for these prescriptions and would not have any impact on patients who utilize opioids for the regular management of chronic pain. The members released the following... Read more

  • Roe Statement on the Committee Passage of IPAB Repeal Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on October 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the legislation to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) was approved by the House Committee on Ways and Means: “I am proud my bipartisan legislation to repeal the IPAB was approved by the Ways and Means Committee. The IPAB is an unelected, unaccountable board with sweeping powers to change Medicare – its negative effects could reduce seniors’ access to care like the SGR did previously, ... Read more