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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…

Reps. Bera, Bucshon, Schrier, Miller-Meeks, Blumenauer, Schneider, Lead Bipartisan Letter to Congressional Leadership on the Urgent Need for Medicare Payment System Reform

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WASHINGTON, DC – Representatives Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA), Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN), Kim Schrier (D-WA), Mariannette Miller-Meeks, M.D. (R-IA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), and Brad Schneider (D-IL) today led over 90 Members of Congress in a bipartisan letter to Speaker McCarthy and Leader Jeffries emphasizing the urgent need to establish a stable Medicare payment system that appropriately pays…

Rep. Bera Applauds FDA’s Historic Approval of First-Ever Over-the-Counter Birth Control Pill, Urges Passage of Affordability is Access Act

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Today, Representative Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) released the following statement on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approving the first-ever over-the-counter birth control pill available in the United States. “The FDA’s approval of the first-ever over-the-counter birth control pill marks a historic victory for women’s health care and reproductive rights,” said Rep. Ami Bera, who…

Reps. Bera, Salazar, Meeks, and McCaul Lead over 100 Members in Bipartisan Letter to Biden Administration Calling for Bold U.S. Leadership at UN High Level Meeting on Tuberculosis

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Representatives Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) and María Elvira Salazar (R-FL), co-chairs of the House Tuberculosis Elimination Caucus, and Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Ranking Member Gregory Meeks (D-NY) of the House Foreign Affairs Committee today led 104 colleagues in a bipartisan letter to the Biden Administration urging bold U.S. leadership at the upcoming United Nations High Level…

Majority of Congress Urges Medicare to Finalize Proposals to Deliver Faster Care to Seniors

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Today, Representatives Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-06), Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Mike Kelly (PA-16), and Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08), and Senators John Thune (R-SD), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS), and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to quickly finalize a set of proposed rules that would deliver quality care to seniors on…