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Reps. Ami Bera, Mike Kelly Introduce Bipartisan Delivering Unified Access to Lifesaving Services (DUALS) Act

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Today, U.S. Representatives Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-06) and Mike Kelly (PA-16) introduced the Delivering Unified Access to Lifesaving Services (DUALS) Act of 2024 to improve coverage for individuals jointly enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid, also known as dual eligibles. Similar legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sens. Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Tom Carper (D-DE), John…

Rep. Ami Bera in The Sacramento Bee: Republicans are plotting to destroy the Affordable Care Act despite record enrollment

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As a doctor, I know firsthand how important it is for all Americans to have access to affordable health care. That’s why I was so excited to see that a record-breaking 21.3 million people, including nearly 1.8 million Californians, signed up for a 2024 health plan through Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces like Covered California — over 9 million more than when President Joe Biden…

ICYMI: Dr. Bera and Dr. Bucshon Send Letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Regarding Cyberattack on Change Healthcare

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Representatives Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA-06) and Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN-08) penned a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra on March 6, 2024, regarding the recent cyberattack on Change Healthcare. The substance of their request—that the agency work to protect all types of providers affected by the cyberattack, with a particular focus on…

Rep. Bera Invites Sacramento County Health Care Leader to State of the Union Address

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Today, Representative Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-06) announced that his guest to President Biden’s State of the Union address next Thursday, March 7th will be his constituent, Dr. Jonathan Porteus. Dr. Porteus is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the CEO of WellSpace Health, a non-profit community health center providing quality medical care, dental care for children and adolescents, mental…

Congressional Prior Authorization Champions Welcome New CMS Regulations

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Today, U.S. Representatives Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-06), Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Mike Kelly (PA-16), and Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08), and Senators Roger Marshall, M.D. (KS), Sherrod Brown (OH), John Thune (SD), and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) issued the following statement on CMS’ long-awaited prior authorization regulations:   “Today’s action by CMS is a major win for seniors and their…

Rep. Ami Bera Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Pediatric Brain Cancer Data Collection

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Representatives Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) and Mike Kelly (R-PA) today introduced the Data for Pediatric Brain Cancer Act of 2023, bipartisan legislation to strengthen the collection and use of real-world data to support pediatric cancer research, and to improve treatments for children facing this devastating disease. “As a physician, I am proud to introduce the Data for Pediatric Brain…

Reps. Bera, Bucshon Respond to Fee Schedule Rule, Express Continued Concern over Reductions in Physician Reimbursement

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Today, U.S. Representatives Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) and Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN) responded to the final Physician Fee Schedule Rule, which reflects a 3.4% cut to the conversion factor used for calculating physician reimbursement. Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) with the intent of moving toward a system…

Ami Bera hopes to address the high cost of treating rabies after his brush with a rabid Capitol Fox.

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Link Rep. Ami Bera (D-Calif.) isn't giving up on his push to turn his brush with a rabid Capitol fox in April 2022 into positive public policy change. His bill, which he reintroduced after a first attempt last year, would create a reimbursement program for providers who treat uninsured individuals for rabies and enable grants for local health department to stockpile treatments for the…