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  • Calif. GOP Congressmen Aim To Boost Medicaid Pay For Doctors After Votes To Slash Program
    Posted in In the News on June 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Some political observers were surprised when two Republican congressmen from California’s Central Valley voted for the GOP-led House bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act and curtail federal spending on Medicaid, the health program for low-income people. After all, thousands of people in their districts could lose their health coverage if the bill became law. Now, Reps. David Valadao (R-Hanford) and Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) have introduced legislation of their own to increase payments for doctor... Read more

  • Veteran Drivers May Benefit from Proposal
    Posted in In the News on June 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Earlier this month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposed a rule that waives commercial driver’s license knowledge test requirements for veterans who operated commercial motor vehicles during their time serving in the military. The “Military Licensing and State Commercial Driver’s License Reciprocity” rule has been proposed in response to a bill authored by Rep. Denham – the “Veteran Skills to Jobs Act,” which was signed into law July 23, 2012 – directing federal departments a... Read more

  • Rep. Jeff Denham: A long overdue change at the VA is about to improve the lives of our veterans
    Posted in In the News on June 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Government Waste, Health, Veterans

    There are nearly 20 million men and women who have proudly put on the cloth of this nation to defend our freedoms and protect our shores. They are our neighbors, our friends, our family members. They have stormed the beaches of Normandy, soldiered through the trenches of Vietnam, and endured the oppressing heat of the deserts of Afghanistan. They were promised the utmost care, resources and services, and yet when they returned home, they were met with an embarrassingly broken system. For almost ... Read more

  • 'It's a big frustration': Local hospital emergency rooms overwhelmed since passage of Affordable Care Act
    Posted in In the News on June 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Emergency room visits are up 29 percent in Kern County since 2009 when the Affordable Care Act was passed, running counter to one of the key takeaways from the law: that they would decrease as consumers take advantage of preventive care. The problem? Insurance doesn’t equal health care access and people still don't know when it's appropriate to hit the ER, experts say. ... Reimbursements for primary care doctors vary depending on the procedure, but California ranks 48th for their rates nationwid... Read more

  • Denham introduces ACCESS Health Care Act, HR 2779
    Posted in In the News on June 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    The congressman who represents Patterson has introduced a law designed to help doctors get better reimbursement for seeing patients with government-sponsored health care. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) introduced the Assessing Critical Care Efforts to Strengthen Services, or ACCESS, Act on Tuesday. He wrote the bill, House Resolution 2779, with Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford) to find a new model to reimburse doctors whose patients have insurance through Covered California, the Affordable Care Act, Medi-... Read more

  • Should The Feds Pay For Higher Medi-Cal Rates In The Valley? Two Congressmen Say 'Yes'
    Posted in In the News on June 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    The expansion of Medi-Cal in the Central Valley under the Affordable Care Act has been key to slashing the area’s uninsured rate in half in recent years. Hundreds of thousands of people signed up, and in most valley counties, about half of the population is on Medi-Cal. But according to some, having more people on the program has compounded the problem of low reimbursement rates for physicians and the area’s long-running doctor shortage. Now, two valley Republican congressmen think they might ha... Read more

  • Congressmen Denham, Valadao Introduce Healthcare Bill to Field Test Strategies for Improving Medicaid Reimbursement Rates
    Posted in In the News on June 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    June 11, 2017 - WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Jeff Denham (CA-10) and David Valadao (CA-21) has introduced H.R. 2779, the “Assessing Critical Care Efforts to Strengthen Services Act” (ACCESS Act), a bill to field-test the best Medicaid reimbursement strategies, with the goal of incentivizing more physicians to operate in areas with a high population of Medicaid enrollees, like California’s Central Valley. “While the American Health Care Act addresses the issue of rising premiums to stabilize... Read more

  • Denham introduces ACCESS Act
    Posted in In the News on June 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    The congressman who represents Tracy has introduced a law designed to help doctors get better reimbursement for seeing patients with government-sponsored health care. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) introduced the Assessing Critical Care Efforts to Strengthen Services, or ACCESS, Act on Tuesday. He wrote the bill, House Resolution 2779, with Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford) to find a new model to reimburse doctors whose patients have insurance through Covered California, the Affordable Care Act, Medi-Cal ... Read more

  • Steve Forbes: Mr. Trump, please keep de-regulating -- our prosperity depends upon it
    Posted in In the News on June 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation & Infrastructure

    With all the media focus on Russian investigations, tax reform, attempts to repeal and replace ObamaCare and President's Trump bold budget, it would be easy to overlook the impressive progress being made on the unglamorous but crucial area of liberating the U.S. economy from suffocating regulations – another form of taxation. ... Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., recently asked the right question in a hearing on improving our infrastructure: “Can performance-based regulations be more effective than co... Read more

  • Denham talks ACCESS Act, doctor shortage in the Central Valley
    Posted in In the News on June 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Health

    After the introduction of his newest bill to help attract doctors to the Central Valley, Congressman Jeff Denham spoke Wednesday about the importance of addressing the 10th Congressional District’s doctor shortage and future plans to combat the issue. ... “I believe our biggest challenge with access is not only the doctor shortage, but actually having incentives or reimbursement rates for our doctors to see more patients,” said Denham during a press conference call Wednesday. “We had a shortage ... Read more