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  • Tennessee Delegation Requests Medicare Enrollment Extension for Victims of East Tennessee Wildfires
    Posted in Press Releases on December 7, 2016 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, members of the Tennessee delegation sent a bipartisan, bicameral letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt to request CMS extend the open enrollment period for Medicare beneficiaries in Sevier County, Tennessee due to the recent wildfires. A copy of the signed letter can be found here. Read more

  • House Passes Roe Bill to Bring Accountability to the VA
    Posted in Press Releases on December 6, 2016 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House unanimously approved the Ethical Patient Care for Veterans Act, legislation introduced by Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) to require clinicians practicing at the VA to report directly to state licensing boards whenever they witness unacceptable behavior from other VA clinicians. This is the same process that doctors in the private sector follow. Currently, it takes at least 100 days for the VA to decide whether or not to refer a complaint of substandard health care... Read more

  • Roe Elected as Chairman of House Veterans’ Affairs Committee
    Posted in Press Releases on December 1, 2016 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) was elected by the Republican Steering Committee to serve as chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee for the 115th Congress, succeeding Jeff Miller (R-FL), who is retiring at the end of the 114th Congress. Roe released the following statement: “I am extremely honored and humbled to be given this opportunity. During my time in Congress, veterans’ issues have been a top priority for me, and this is not a responsibility I will take ligh... Read more

  • Roe Statement on Sevier County Fires
    Posted in Press Releases on November 29, 2016 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) released the following on the wildfires in Sevier County: “My thoughts and prayers continue to be with Sevier Countians. I thank the firefighters and first responders who worked throughout the night to evacuate residents to safety and are doing everything they can to stop these fires from spreading. This is a horrible tragedy, and I have been in touch with local officials. I am available to assist constituents and local officials in any way I ... Read more

  • Roe Statement on Dr. Tom Price Being Named HHS Secretary
    Posted in Press Releases on November 29, 2016 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) released the following statement after President-elect Trump’s transition team announced Rep. Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) would serve as HHS Secretary in the Trump administration: “President-elect Trump couldn't have picked a better, more qualified HHS Secretary than Tom Price. Tom is a dear friend, and I know he'll address the challenges ahead by taking a patient-centered approach. I'm thrilled he'll be leading the administration's efforts to repe... Read more

  • Roe Applauds Decision to Stop Overtime Rule
    Posted in Press Releases on November 22, 2016 | Preview rr

    JOHNSON CITY, TENN. - Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant of Texas blocked the Department of Labor's overtime rule: "While we all want to see the wages of hardworking Americans rise, the Department of Labor's proposed overtime rule would have wreaked havoc on our nation's workforce and higher education system. This ruling is a win for American workers, students and job creators. This misguided regulation would have affected Tennes... Read more

  • Dr. Roe & Chairman Miller: VA Crisis Line Failures Indicative of Pervasive Culture of Unaccountability
    Posted in Press Releases on September 29, 2016 | Preview rr

    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 from the secretary detailing how the VA plans to hold... Read more

  • Roe Statement on BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Announcement
    Posted in Press Releases on September 26, 2016 | Preview rr

    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 they were before Obamacare. Today’s news further prov... Read more

  • Roe Introduces Bill to Ensure Equal Access to Electronic Materials and Technology at Higher Education Institutions
    Posted in Press Releases on September 23, 2016 | Preview rr

    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 students. The commission will be comprised of repres... Read more

  • Roe Supports Bills to Prohibit Ransom Payments to Iran, Bring Transparency to Iran’s Corrupt Financial System
    Posted in Press Releases on September 22, 2016 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) voted in support of two bills related to Iran. Roe released the following statement: “There are a few things we know for certain about the political and institutional leadership in Iran: they are corrupt; they hate the United States; and they cannot be trusted. This week, I was glad to support two important bills to protect American interests in dealings with the Iranians. First and foremost, the American people deserve to know if relievin... Read more