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.
More on Health Care
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today voted to passthe Build Back Better Act, legislation that is fully paid for by making big corporations and the wealthiest pay their fair share. This vote comes days after President Biden signed the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law. Together, the Build Back Better Act and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will meet the urgent needs of Ohio families by creating jobs, cutting taxes, and delivering transformative investments that we need to compete with China.
Washington, DC — Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Bill Posey (R-FL) today introduced their bipartisan legislation, the Safe Medicine Act, to end our reliance on foreign powers for important lifesaving pharmaceuticals and generics. This bill is designed to protect the tens of millions of American patients who rely on these drugs from being subject to contaminated pharmaceuticals from countries like China who do not have our best interests in mind – a problem that has only escalated in the last two decades.
Washington, DC — Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today is announcing $1,243,500 in American Rescue Plan funding through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for the Alliance Family Health Center. HRSA is providing up to $145 million across the country to support approximately 100 Health Center Programs to respond to and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and to enhance health care services and infrastructure.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan today announces $3 million in federal funding for projects in Summit and Portage Counties that he secured through the House Appropriations Community Projects Funding (CPF) process. Projects include $1 for the Akron Civic Commons Lock 3 Park Project, $1 million for the Summa Health Sr.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) co-sponsored legislation that would allow Americans to buy into Medicare early, between the ages of 50 to 64, an important step in expanding access to high quality and affordable health insurance.
Niles, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today highlighted new tools from the White House that will help Northeast Ohioans get vaccinated. Americans sixteen years or older can now input their ZIP code at www.vaccines.gov / www.vacunas.gov or text their ZIP code to GETVAX (438829) / VACUNA (822862) to get help making a vaccine appointment at a nearby location.
Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announces $18.8 million in federal funds for Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services to expand and develop programs to help keep ill, injured Ohio workers in the workforce.
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.