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  • Roe Statement on Trump Administration’s Final Rule on Association Health Plans
    Posted in Press Releases on June 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) announced its final rule on Association Health Plans (AHP), which will allow small businesses and workers to band together to shop for competitive, affordable health care coverage: “I have worked since my first day in Congress to bring down the cost of health care, and today’s announcement from DoL will help do just that. This announcement is great news for small busi... Read more

  • Working Together to Tackle the Opioid Epidemic
    Posted in Weekly Columns on June 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    With opioids ravaging our communities, it’s critical we use every available resource to fight this deadly epidemic. Did you know that 80 percent of opioids prescribed in the world are prescribed in the United States? According to the Tennessee Department of Health, in 2016 alone, 1,186 people died from opioid overdoses. In fact, in 2016, we lost more people to opioid-related deaths than we lost in combat during the entire Vietnam War. Opioids have become one of the leading causes of death in the... Read more

  • Roe Announces Over $7 Million for Health Centers in the First District
    Posted in Press Releases on June 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded over $7 million to the following health clinics across the First District: East Tennessee State University, Rural Health Services Consortium, Inc. and Rural Medical Services, Inc. Through HHS’s Health Center Cluster Program, these grants are awarded in order to help improve the health care of vulnerable populations. Roe released the following statement: “As a physici... Read more

  • Memorial Day: Honoring Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice
    Posted in Weekly Columns on May 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Veterans

    Next Monday, our nation will observe Memorial Day, a solemn day of remembrance for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. Memorial Day is much more than just a three-day weekend that marks the beginning of summer. Memorial Day is an important day in our history when we pay tribute to the men and women who died while serving in the Armed Forces. Since 1868, our nation has observed this day to honor the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who gave their lives in defen... Read more

  • Roe Statement on Right to Try Act of 2018
    Posted in Press Releases on May 22, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the House passed S. 204, the Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2018, legislation that gives alternative pathways for terminally-ill patients to access experimental drugs through their doctor: “As a physician with over 31 years of experience, taking care of patients has been my life’s work, and I take that responsibility very seriously. This bill a... Read more

  • Roe to Host Opioid-Focused Media Availability
    Posted in Media Advisory on April 3, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    SEVIERVILLE, TENN. - Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) announced he will host a media availability regarding ongoing efforts to combat the opioid abuse epidemic in the region on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 11:45 a.m. Please contact Lani Short at lani.short@mail.house.gov or 202-225-6356 with questions or to confirm attendance. WHAT: Roe to Host Opioid-Focused Media Availability WHEN: Wednesday, April 4, 2018 TIME: Approximately 11:45 a.m. WHERE: Sevierville Chamber of Commerce 110 Gary R Wade Bl... Read more

  • Roe, Suozzi Introduce the Modernizing Drug Enforcement Act
    Posted in Press Releases on March 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Reps. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) and Thomas Suozzi (D-NY) introduced H.R. 5298, the Modernizing Drug Enforcement Act, legislation to reclassify drugs or other substances that act as opioids, such as synthetic fentanyl, as schedule I narcotics based on their chemical structure and function. The members released the following statements: “The opioid crisis affects Americans from all walks of life and is ravaging communities in East Tennessee and across our nation,” said Re... Read more

  • 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