- Press Release (July 27, 2017): Denham, Valadao Introduce Bill to Expand Teaching Hospital Residencies in Medically Underserved Areas
- Many of our best and brightest doctors live and operate in big cities and highly populated areas. One of the reasons for this is because these areas are where most Graduate Medical Education ("GME" residency programs) are located. Since a physician will spend several years in residency, most physicians tend to stay and practice in the cities where they fulfill their residency, creating a shortage of physicians in rural areas like the Central Valley. H.R. 3451 works to address this issue.
- One-Pager: H.R. 3451, the Creating Additional Residency Expansion (CARE) Act
- Press Release (June 6, 2017):Reps. Denham, Valadao Introduce Healthcare Bill to Field Test Strategies for Improving Medicaid Reimbursement Rates
- Doctors typically get reimbursed less for services to Medicaid patients compared to patients with other insurance. This creates a disincentive for physicians to perform services in areas that have a high-Medicaid population, such as the Central Valley, which this bill seeks to address.
- One-Pager: American Health Care Act One-Pager
- *NEW* House Energy & Commerce Committee "Health Care Central" (Committee of Jurisdiction): https://energycommerce.house.gov/healthcarecentral
- American Health Care Act bill text, with key provisions highlighted: http://bit.ly/2qET1PC
- One-pager: Upton Long Amendment (Courtesy of the Energy and Commerce Committee)
- Upton Long Amendment Section-by-Section Summary
- AHCA Charge and Response (Courtesy of the Energy and Commerce Committee)
- American Health Care Act Summary Slides (Courtesy of the Energy and Commerce Committee)
- Press Release (May 4), 2017): U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham Issues Statement Following the House Vote on the American Health Care Act
What I'm Working On:
I’m working with my colleagues across the aisle and across the Capitol to author and pass milestone pieces of legislation that will improve our broken healthcare system. In the Central Valley, we have seen coverage expand, yet unfortunately, we don’t have enough doctors to meet our growing healthcare needs. We have had a doctor shortage for years. Our current doctors are unable to care for the growing Medi-Cal community, leading to a lack of access. Over the past few months, I’ve met with many working in our hospitals, health centers and doctors offices to see what’s working and what’s not. I’m committed to engaging in meaningful dialogue with you as I continue to seek solutions.
Click here to watch my April 29, 2017 Morning Mailbag, where I address what I'm fighting for in the healthcare bill.
Check back for more information as it becomes available. If you need assistance with a federal agency, or if you have a comment or question about healthcare issues, please contact me any time.
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