Email update: Opioid legislation, Women's health week, and making government work for Sacramento County | Congressman Ami Bera

Email update: Opioid legislation, Women's health week, and making government work for Sacramento County

May 14, 2016
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Hope you and your family are well. It’s been a busy lately so here’s a new update on how I’m working for you:

Update: Bera Legislation to Address Opioid Crisis Overwhelmingly Passes House 413-5

As a doctor, I’ve seen firsthand how families have been torn apart by the opioid epidemic. That’s why I fought to pass the DROP Act, my bill to help increase the number of drop-off locations to safely dispose of unused medication. I’m glad to report my bill was passed with an overwhelming majority in the House as part of the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act.

This is a big step towards preventing the thousands of deaths that have occurred as a result of prescription drug abuse. Making drug disposal more available can help keep prescription drugs from falling into the wrong hands and prevent addiction.

The House overwhelmingly passed my bipartisan legislation, the DROP Act, as part of a comprehensive package of bills to combat the deadly opioid crisis. You can click here to see me urge my colleagues to support it.

If you have unused or expired prescriptions in your medicine cabinet, chances are a child, friend, or family member can stumble onto them just as easily. Safely disposing of any unused prescriptions in your medicine cabinet could help save a life.

Click here to find a list of local places where you can drop off unused or expired prescriptions.

National Women’s Health Week

This is National Women’s Health Week, a crucial time to raise awareness on the health issues impacting women. This is a deeply personal issue to me as a doctor, husband, and father of a daughter. We should work together to lower costs and provide preventive health care to women and families - not undermine access to safe, affordable care.

That’s why I’m leading an effort to ensure pregnant women don’t lose their health insurance because of a Covered California computer glitch. No woman should have to worry about losing health care while pregnant.

Women's health care has long been a priority of mine. That's why I've fought shortsighted efforts to interfere in a woman’s personal health decisions. A woman’s health care decisions should be between a woman and her doctor, not Washington politicians.

This is why I've stood against reckless efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and undermine the doctor-patient relationship. And last year, I was honored to be the only member of the House of Representatives to receive Planned Parenthood’s Women’s Health Champion Award for my work on these issues.

Instead of political games, we should be focused on helping women maintain healthy lifestyles and catching illnesses early to stay well and lower costs. This is why I introduced the Women’s Preventive Health Awareness Campaign Act. My bill would help women navigate the health system and ensure care they may need like yearly doctor visits, birth control, and breastfeeding support is covered without additional costs.

Please click here to learn more about the Women’s Preventive Health Awareness Campaign Act.

Listening to Sacramento County

Listening to you is my most important job - I’m here to bring your voice to Washington to help get past the gridlock and make government work for you.

Over the past several days, I’ve been privileged to meet with local families, business owners, and stakeholders from our area.

I was honored to recently welcome World War II Veteran Lester McCalister to Washington, D.C. at the World War II memorial. A Carmichael resident who served in the Pacific theater, he came with his family so he could see the memorial for himself and reflect on his service. I was glad to have the chance to thank him for his service.

And as a doctor, I was especially pleased to welcome some California emergency room nurses to my Washington office to share their thoughts with me. I’ve seen how hard our nurses work and I’m grateful for the wonderful care they provide for their patients.

This is all a core part of my job – making government work for you. That means not only fighting for you in our nation’s capital, but helping you cut through the red tape of government bureaucracy.

In fact, my staff is holding its next office hours on Tuesday, May 17th at the Folsom library from 10:00 AM to noon. If you’re having trouble with the federal government and need help, please consider dropping by. That includes assistance with backlogged Veterans benefits, Social Security and Medicare issues, or even a stalled passport.

Please click here to learn more and see our full office hours schedule.

As always, I’m honored to serve you. Please feel free to contact me to share any thoughts or concerns.

Be well,

Ami Bera, M.D.
Member of Congress

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