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  • Making Progress on the Opioid Crisis
    Posted in Weekly Columns on February 14, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Families all across the nation are struggling to cope with the devastating impact the ongoing opioid epidemic is having on their communities. Recent studies have shown that every day, at least three Tennesseans die because of opioid-related overdoses. In fact, last December the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report that highlighted life expectancy in the U.S. had fallen for the second year in a row, a significant factor being the rash of opioid overdose deaths. The o... Read more

  • Roe Applauds Inclusion of IPAB Repeal in Budget Agreement
    Posted in Press Releases on February 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the bipartisan, bicameral budget agreement announced today included repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) repeal: “I am pleased that the bipartisan, bicameral budget agreement will repeal the deeply flawed IPAB once and for all. This is a win for seniors on Medicare. The IPAB is one of the most troubling parts of Obamacare, which is why I’ve worked to repeal the board since the day Ob... Read more

  • Roe to East Tennesseans: I Will Proudly Stand with the President to Fight For You
    Posted in Press Releases on January 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Health Care

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after attending President Trump’s speech to the American Farm Bureau National Conference: “It was an honor to join President Trump aboard Air Force One today, and to attend his speech in Nashville as he discussed increasing prosperity in rural America. I agree wholeheartedly with the president that we must take steps to address issues such as the opioid crisis and other public health challenges; the need for... Read more

  • Roe, Polis introduce the bipartisan RETIRE Act to help Americans save and plan for retirement
    Posted in Press Releases on December 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    WASHINGTON: Today, Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., and Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., introduced the bipartisan Receiving Electronic Statements to Improve Retiree Earnings (RETIRE) Act to help Americans plan for retirement. The RETIRE Act would ensure employers make retirement information easily accessible online, while providing protections for employees who prefer to receive paper documents. Under current law, employers are required to waste significant money and paper mailing documents like notices, disc... Read more

  • Roe Supports Funding for Children’s Health Insurance
    Posted in Press Releases on November 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 3922, the Championing Healthy Kids Act, which reauthorizes funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP): “I proudly supported the extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which extends an important health care safety net for low-income children. I am disappointed that after Republicans agreed to Democrats’ requests to postpone consideration of this impor... Read more

  • 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

  • Protecting Seniors’ Access to Care
    Posted in Weekly Columns on November 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    This week, the House is acting once again to protect Americans from one of the worst features of Obamacare by taking up my bipartisan bill, H.R. 849, the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act, legislation I introduced with Rep. Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA). This legislation, which the House will consider on Thursday, would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). The bill has 270 cosponsors, including 45 Democrats. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: the only thing bipartisan ab... 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

  • Relief from Obamacare
    Posted in Weekly Columns on October 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    This week, President Trump signed an executive order to allow the purchase of health insurance across state lines while easing some of the restrictions set by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – also known as Obamacare – so patients can shop for coverage they can afford. State Street in Bristol perfectly illustrates why restrictions on purchasing coverage from another state make no sense –Tennesseans can’t purchase health insurance from a business on the other side of the street. I thank President T... 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