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 – 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.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, US House of Representatives Attending Physician Dr. Brian P. Monahan, and CDC Chair Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Dr. Jose Romero calling on them to ensure first responders, frontline workers, healthcare workers, those with preexisting conditions, and the elderly are offered the COVID-19 vaccine before Members of Congress.
Youngstown, OH — Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announces $2,273,337 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to be awarded to Ohio North East Health Systems, Inc.
“With the COVID-19 pandemic surging, these funds will provide much needed support in our community. Ohio North East Health System has served Northeast Ohio for over 30-years, and they are deserving of this award which will allow them to continue to provide health care to the uninsured and underinsured in the Mahoning Valley," said Congressman Ryan.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today urged House and Senate Leadership to include a provision in the upcoming government funding bill to protect hospital-based nursing schools across the country from facing devastating cuts.
Washington, DC – Representative Tim Ryan (D, OH-13), in a letter today with bipartisan members of the Ohio congressional delegation, urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor, Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought, and Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller to support Governor Mike DeWine’s request to restore and extend full federal funding for the Ohio National Guard’s COVID-19 response mission through March of 2021.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today voted to pass the latest stimulus bill in response to the COVID-19 crisis. This $2.2T legislation, an updated version of the Heroes Act passed by the House four months earlier, addresses needs that have developed since May and reflects ongoing negotiations between Democrats and Republicans.
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) announced $1 million CARES Act Recovery Assistance funding to the Barberton Community Development Corporation, in Barberton, Ohio, to capitalize and administer a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) that will provide critical gap financing to small businesses and entrepreneurs adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic in Ohio. This grant was made available through the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA).
Kent, OH — Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announces $399,780 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to be awarded to Kent State University as part of their Advanced Nursing Education Nurse Practitioner Residency Integration Program, which prepares new primary care or behavioral health nurse practitioners to work in community settings.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today is announcing over $41 million in funding provided to northeast Ohio hospitals to continue providing COVID-19 health services to the Mahoning Valley. These funds were made available through the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program & Health Care Enhancement Act, which Congressman Ryan helped pass in March and April of 2020.
Washington, DC — Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) is announcing $197,912 in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grants being awarded to the Alliance Family Health Center to expand capacity for coronavirus testing.