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  • 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

  • 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

  • Roe Applauds Chairmen Brady and Walden on IPAB Efforts
    Posted in Press Releases on October 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on the announcement that the two authorizing committees would consider H.R. 849, the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act, Roe’s legislation to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB): “I am thrilled my legislation to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board is being marked up by the two authorizing committees this week. These markups are an opportunity to show there is bipartisan sup... Read more

  • 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