For the first time in decades, the United States has seen a drop in life expectancy. This is extremely troubling and emphasizes the need for our country to take a hard look on the health and wellness of our citizens. We need to increase access to healthcare for all Americans, improve preventative health, and make the necessary investments into research and development on how to combat diseases.
Affordable Care Act
I am proud supporter of the Affordable Care Act which put in place a patient bill of rights. The ramifications of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act for Ohioans are real. In Ohio alone, more than 35 thousand young adults would lose their insurance coverage through their parents’ health plans. Nearly 6.7 million residents of Ohio with private insurance coverage will be vulnerable again to having lifetime limits placed on how much insurance companies will spend on their health care. More than 1.8 million seniors in Ohio who have Medicare coverage would be forced to pay a co-pay to receive important preventive services like mammograms and colonoscopies. Repealing the ACA will have tragic effects on the millions of Americans who rely on quality and affordable healthcare for their families.
Research and Development
As Congress continues to work to promote accountability in the budget and avoid wasteful spending, I believe it is imperative that we continue to fund important programs to improve our Nation’s healthcare. That is why I am a longtime supporter of continuing to fund the National Institute of Health, which provides funding for research grants and clinical trials for such diseases as cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.
Further, I was pleased to support the 21st Century Cures Act, which was signed into law by President Obama. This legislation focuses on increased investments to the NIH, expedites reviews of lifesaving medicine, and streamlines the drug and device development process. This legislation will deliver $8.75 billion for the NIH in mandatory funding over the next five years which will help continue research grants and clinical trials for many diseases. This legislation also focuses on the modernization of clinical trials and supports the inclusion of diverse populations in clinical research, which allows for the use of new and creative adaptive clinical trial designs and encourages the development of next generation treatments. Furthermore, it supports the development of precision medicine through funding in the NIH and Cures Innovation Fund. In addition, the package includes key provisions on substance use disorders and mental health, including $1 billion in grants for states to treat heroin and prescription opioid addiction. I hope this legislation will give the millions of people of who are suffering from life-threatening diseases and their families hope that a cure will be discovered.
Healthcare spending in the United States continues to rise. Healthcare expenditures surpassed $2.3 trillion in 2008, with costs from chronic disease treatment accounting for over 75 percent of national health costs. Many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer and stroke are linked to dietary and lifestyle choices. Unfortunately, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, many physicians feel inadequately trained to provide proper nutrition advice. Furthermore, the same can be said for physical activity – although expert recommendations encourage more medical schools to teach physical activity, only 13 percent of medical schools integrate it into the curricula. That is why I introduced the bipartisan Expansion of Nutrition’s Role in Curricula and Healthcare (ENRICH) Act, which would create a grant program for U.S. Medical Schools and Osteopathic Colleges to create an integrated nutrition and physical activity curriculum program.
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Washington, DC – Representatives Tim Ryan (OH-13) and Brian Mast (FL-18) today joined with Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) to reintroduce legislation to help veterans who have been harmed by exposure to toxic burn pits. The bicameral, bipartisan bill, the SFC Heath Robinson Burn Pit Transparency Act, is named in honor of Heath Robinson, a central Ohio veteran who passed away last year and was exposed to burn pits while deployed.
Akron, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announces $4,077,875 in funding for Akron’s AxessPointe Community Health Centers and $905,625 for Akron’s Asian Services in Action (ASIA). This funding was made available through the American Rescue Plan Act, which was passed by the House and Senate and signed into law by President Biden.
Columbus, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today had the honor of joining President Biden at the ‘Help is Here’ event at the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute in Columbus and joined with the President in celebrating the 11th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act.
Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) applauds today’s announcement that Ohio will begin vaccinating those 40 and older starting this Friday, March 19th, and those older than 16 will be eligible on March 29th. The vaccine is critical to saving lives, getting businesses open, people back to work, and our economy moving.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announces the *estimated* $11.24 billion in funding allocated across the state of Ohio in the American Rescue Plan Act. Ohio funding includes an estimated $5.9 billion that will go directly to the state government of Ohio and $5.32 billion that will go directly to local governments across Ohio. Funding under the package, which is expected to be signed into law today by President Biden, is more flexible than funding in previous packages.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today voted in support of the American Rescue Plan Act, which includes $5.68 Billion for the State of Ohio and nearly $300 million for counties in the 13th District. The bill also provides direct assistance to households across America with checks of $1,400 per person, following the $600 down payment enacted in December – which will be sent to 5.3 million Ohioans. Additionally, it fixes the previous dependent issues so college students, adults with disabilities, and any other adult dependent will now be able to receive a check.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) last night voted in support of the American Rescue Plan Act, which includes $11 Billion for the State of Ohio and nearly $300 million for counties in the 13th District. Additionally, the American Rescue Plan Act allocated nearly $555 million for school districts in Northeast Ohio, including an estimated $119M for Akron City Schools, $36M for Warren City Schools, and over $70M for Youngstown City Schools.
Youngstown, Ohio -- Today, Representative Tim Ryan (OH-13) joined Representatives Lauren Underwood (IL-14) and Alma Adams (NC-12), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), and members of the Black Maternal Health Caucus to unveil a historic legislative package to address the United States’ urgent maternal health crisis. Ryan is a member of the Black Maternal Health Caucus.
Niles, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) urges Governor Mike DeWine to make efforts to improve vaccine access for Black communities across Ohio. According to the COVID-19 dashboard tracking the disbursement of vaccines, Black Ohioans make up less than 5% of those who have received a vaccine in Ohio, but Black Ohioans have made up 20% of the state’s hospitalizations and 12% of
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan today voted in support of a long-awaited COVID-19 relief bill that will accelerate the distribution of safe vaccines to as many Americans as possible as soon as possible, support our small businesses and assist all Americans in providing for their families and helping to ensure their financial security. The COVID-19 relief bill was passed as part of the House Appropriations bill funding the government until September 30, 2021 – Ryan is a member of the House Appropriations Committee.