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  • House Unanimously Approves Roe’s Legislation to Create Medical Scribe Program Pilot
    Posted in Press Releases on July 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Veterans

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the House unanimously approved H.R. 1848, the Veterans Affairs Medical Scribe Pilot Act of 2017, Monday evening: “As Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs (VA), and as a physician, I am committed to ensuring veterans have access to the health care they have earned and deserve. Since the VA waitlist scandal broke three years ago, I’ve examined several ways to improve patient care for veterans, a... Read more

  • Roe Leads Bipartisan House Effort to Repeal the IPAB
    Posted in Press Releases on July 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Drs. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) and Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA) led a bipartisan press conference on the need to act quickly to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). The Affordable Care Act offers a statutory path to repeal the IPAB utilizing “fast-track” procedures in the Senate, but that authority expires on August 15, 2017. Roe released the following statement: “With the fast-track deadline of August 15 quickly approaching, it’s critical that both the Ho... Read more

  • Roe: Premium Increase Requests Further Underscore Obamacare’s Failures
    Posted in Press Releases on July 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    JOHNSON CITY, TENN. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after Tennessee insurers requested double-digit premium increases for Obamacare plans in 2018: “The premium increase requests for 2018 further underscore the fact that Obamacare is failing Tennesseans and that the health insurance market in Tennessee and across the country is unstable. Since Obamacare was signed into law, its failures have been put on the backs of Tennesseans, and it’s clearer than ever t... Read more

  • Roe Statement on the Protecting Access to Care Act
    Posted in Press Releases on June 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on the introduction of H.R. 1215, the Protecting Access to Care Act: “I’m proud to support the Protecting Access to Care Act, which makes meaningful changes to medical malpractice litigation and aims to lower healthcare costs. As a physician, I’ve seen first-hand the endless amount of lawsuits that can be brought against doctors, which results in defensive medicine, drives up cost, and limits access to care.... Read more

  • Repeal and Replace: Phase 3 Begins
    Posted in Weekly Columns on June 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    As a physician, I continue to believe we can do better with our nation’s health care system. Repealing the failed Obamacare system and replacing it with patient-centered reforms is one of my top priorities in Congress. This year, we’ve seen more and more areas of the country that have either no insurers offering coverage or a single insurer offering coverage. With no competition, we’ve seen massive cost increases – some East Tennesseans saw their premiums increase 62 percent! Since the House pas... Read more

  • Warner, Isakson, Blumenauer & Roe Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Enhance Planning Options for Patients With Advanced Illnesses
    Posted in Press Releases on June 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA), both members of the Senate Finance Committee, and Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Phil Roe (R-TN), a member of the House Education and Workforce Committee, introduced bipartisan legislation designed to give people with serious illness new tools to plan for their care, and empower them to have those choices honored. The Patient Choice and Quality Care Act of 2017 offer... Read more

  • Hope for the American Health Care System
    Posted in Weekly Columns on May 10, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Last Thursday, Republicans in the House of Representatives took a giant step toward fulfilling our promise and President Trump’s pledge made to the American people that we would repeal Obamacare and replace it with patient-centered, free-market health care. The House-passed bill, H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), will take away power from Washington bureaucrats and return it to the American people. I’ve been opposed to Obamacare from the start, in large part because as a doctor, I’... Read more

  • Roe, Hoyer Introduce School-Based Respiratory Health Management Act
    Posted in Press Releases on May 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Health Care

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) and House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) introduced H.R. 2285, the School-Based Respiratory Health Management Act, legislation that encourages states to help ensure students with reversible lower airway disorders, such as asthma, have assistance at school with managing their chronic disease and can excel in any environment. “I’m glad to introduce this important bill with my friend and colleague, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer,” said Congress... Read more

  • Hearing from East Tennesseans
    Posted in Weekly Columns on April 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    I always enjoy being home in East Tennessee and hearing from constituents in the First District; over the last two weeks I’ve had the opportunity to do just that, meeting with many different constituent groups on a number of interesting topics. I’ve visited manufacturers in our district to hear how we can create policies that incentivize more job creation in the United States. I’ve visited schools to meet with our future leaders. I’ve heard from hotel operators how we can help promote tourism an... Read more

  • Roe Statement on Health Care Reform
    Posted in Press Releases on March 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on health care reform: “I am proud to stand with President Trump and Speaker Ryan in support of patient-centered, free-market health care reform. Our work to protect patients from the failures of Obamacare will continue. With one-third of the counties in the First District left with no options for health care coverage in 2018 under Obamacare, and with double-digit premium increases year after year, this is t... Read more