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  • Roe Applauds Rural Health Grants and Opioid Response Grant
    Posted in Press Releases on August 9, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    JOHNSON CITY, TENN. - Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the Department of Human and Health Services announced health cluster grants totaling $501,000 and an opioid response grant of $1,000,000 in the First District of Tennessee: “For too long communities all over the United States have been completely ravaged by the ongoing opioid epidemic, specifically right here in East Tennessee. I am so proud of the work being done to help address this crisis. This o... Read more

  • Protecting Patients from Surprise Billing Act Keeps the Patient Out of the Middle
    Posted in Op-Eds on July 23, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    President Trump has rightly put a great deal of attention on the problem of surprise medical bills. Surprise medical billing can occur when patients receive emergency care or receive care from an out-of-network provider during treatment they believe is in-network, only to later receive a large medical bill. These bills can cause stress, anxiety, depression and financial ruin. Surprise billing is usually the result of a breakdown in negotiations between providers and insurers on how much to pay f... Read more

  • Roe, Byrne, Sewell, Wenstrup, Arrington, Smith and 90 Members of Congress Support Medicare Wage Index Reform
    Posted in Press Releases on June 27, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today, Reps. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.), Terry Sewell (D-Ala.), Bradley Wenstrup, D.P.M (R-Ohio), Jodey Arrington (R-Texas) and Jason Smith (R-Mo.) led 90 colleagues in a letter to Secretary Alex Azar of the Department of Health and Human Services and Administrator Seema Verma of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in support of finalizing their efforts to reform the Medicare Area Wage Index. The Members of Congress released the following statem... Read more

  • GOP Doctors Caucus Sends Letter to Trump Administration on Surprise Billing
    Posted in Press Releases on May 23, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Reps. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN), Andy Harris, M.D. (R-MD), Ralph Abraham, M.D. (R-LA), Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (R-TN), Neal Dunn, M.D. (R- FL), John Joyce, M.D. (R-PA), Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS), Drew Ferguson, D.M.D. (R-GA) and Brad Wenstrup D.P.M. (R-OH) released the following statements after sending a letter to the Trump administration on ending surprise billing: “I am pleased President Trump recently acknowledged the serious issue of surprise billing that our nation c... Read more

  • Roe Statement on the House Democrat Push to Eliminate State Innovation Options
    Posted in Press Releases on May 10, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after voting against Democrats’ legislation to eliminate Section 1332 state innovation health care waivers: “While Democrats continue to believe the Affordable Care Act created a perfect health care system, President Trump and his administration have been working to implement commonsense reforms that make health care more affordable and give states the freedom and flexibility to innovate through Section 1332... Read more

  • Broken Promises: “Medicare for All”
    Posted in Weekly Columns on May 8, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    As a physician, my entire career has been dedicated to caring for patients. I came to Congress because I believed we needed – and still believe we need – health care reform that improves quality and lowers cost. Instead, I watched Democrats ram through the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), making promises they could not keep. They promised “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it”– which ended up being branded the “Lie of the Year” by Politifact. They also promised you can keep your do... Read more

  • Roe, Suozzi Reintroduce the Modernizing Drug Enforcement Act
    Posted in Press Releases on May 8, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Reps. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) and Thomas Suozzi (D-N.Y.) reintroduced H.R. 2580, the Modernizing Drug Enforcement Act, legislation to automatically classify drugs or other substances that act as opioids, such as synthetic fentanyl, as a schedule I narcotic based on their chemical structure and functions. The congressmen released the following statements: “We cannot sit idly by while the opioid epidemic continues to ravage communities in East Tennessee and across the na... Read more

  • Rep. Roe and Majority Leader Hoyer Introduce the Bipartisan School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act
    Posted in Press Releases on May 2, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Health Care

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Reps. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) introduced the School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act, which would help ensure that students with asthma have assistance at school to manage their chronic disease and can excel in an asthma-friendly environment. The congressmen released the following statements: “I’m proud to work across the aisle with my friend and colleague, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, on this important issue,” s... Read more

  • Roe Applauds Final Conscience Rule by Trump Administration
    Posted in Press Releases on May 2, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the final conscience rule that protects physicians and other health care professionals from having to provide procedures against their conscience: “I applaud today’s actions by President Trump and HHS Secretary Alex Azar finalizing the pro-life conscience protection rule for medical providers. We have technology that shows unborn children as living, ... Read more

  • Roe Offers Amendment to Ensure Access to Affordable Health Coverage Options
    Posted in Press Releases on April 9, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after offering an amendment during an Education and Labor Committee markup on H.R. 1010, which seeks to overturn the Trump administration’s “Short-Term Limited Duration Insurance” (STLDI) rule: “Instead of working on a bipartisan basis to improve health care, today we considered legislation that will take essential health benefit options away from patients and make it more likely – not less likely – that patients ch... Read more