Congressmen Ami Bera and Phil Roe, both medical doctors, introduced bipartisan legislation today to establish a grant program for funding prescription drug disposal across the country, the Dispose Responsibly Of your Pills Act (DROP) of 2015 (H.R. 2463). Research shows that more than half of nonmedical users of prescription medications got them from people they know.
Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. voted today to continue the funding for infrastructure in the Highway Trust Fund for two more months. He made the following statement:
Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. introduced the Women’s Preventive Health Awareness Campaign (H.R. 2355) today, capping off National Women’s Health Week. The bill calls for the Department of Health and Human Services to launch a national public outreach campaign to raise awareness about the importance of women’s wellness visits.
House Adopts Key Congressional U.S.-India-Related Measure
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan amendment to the FY2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) calling for expansion of U.S.-India defense cooperation. The amendment was offered by Reps.
Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. today fought against a radical assault on women’s access to health care and voted against the so-called Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36)– a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks and not allow any real exceptions to protect women’s health.
Sacramento's Elica Health Centers (Elica), has been awarded $700,000 in federal funds to a operate a new permanent health center in the Arden-Arcade area, a project for which Congressman Ami Bera advocated.
Earlier today, Congressman Ami Bera, M.D., offered the final amendment to the energy and water funding bill for fiscal year 2016 (H.R. 2028) to bring more emergency drought relief to California families, farmers, and small businesses. The amendment also sought to help communities modernize their water infrastructure to use their water more efficiently and prepare for future droughts.
Congressmen Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-07) and Tom Reed (NY-23) introduced a resolution this week to move beyond Congressional gridlock and develop a new national strategic agenda with shared goals for our nation that both parties can agree on. A bipartisan group of 26 members—all part of the Congressional Problem Solvers Caucus—are supporting the bill, H-Res 207.
The Senate last night overwhelmingly passed legislation to restore certainty to our seniors and to Medicare physicians, and to end the more than decade-long cycle of “doc fix” patches, by repealing and reforming the flawed Medicare payment system known as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). The bill passed by a vote of 92 to 8.
CMS announced yesterday that Medicare Advantage rates for 2016 will increase by an average of 1.25 percent, a reversal from the 0.95 percent cut CMS proposed in February. Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. fought against the proposed cuts that would have increased costs for seniors and blocked their access to care. He offered the following comment: