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, D.C. - Congressman Tim Ryan is announcing today that the Department of Health and Human Services, the Family and Youth Services Bureau has awarded Shelter care, Inc. of Tallmadge a Health Services Award in the amount of $187,160.00 to provide health services to their clients. Shelter Care is a residential treatment program for children between the ages of 6 and 18 with emotional, behavioral, or family adjustment issues.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan applauds Dr. Janine Janosky, Vice President and Senior Fellow for the Center for Community Health Improvement at the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron, Ohio (ABIA) for being recognized by the White House as one of eight local Heroes who are “Champions of Change” for prevention and public health.
Washington DC – Congressman Tim Ryan announces today that the Akron Regional Transit Authority will receive a $1,472,000.00 Federal Transit Administration grant. This grant is part of the State of Good Repair Program and recipients were selected on a competitive basis. The funds will be used to purchase fifteen buses.
Washington DC – Congressman Ryan recognized the 48th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid today and defended the benefits guaranteed through the Affordable Care Act. In 1965, prior to the enactment of Medicare, half of all seniors were uninsured – today there are 42 million seniors and 9 million people with disabilities receiving guaranteed benefits. House Republicans are celebrating this anniversary by voting on bill this week to repeal the Affordable Care Act for the 40th time, which would severely weaken Medicare.
Washington DC – Yesterday, Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH) introduced H.R. 2783, legislation which provides Delphi retirees and other eligible individuals the choice of continuing within the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) program past the program’s December 31, 2013 termination date or leaving the program.
Congressman Tim Ryan today, for the 38th time, voted against two Republican bills that would essentially repeal the Affordable Care Act. H.R. 2667 and H.R. 2668 are irresponsible bills that provide no jobs and no budget solutions. The Affordable Care Act has already improved many aspects of the nation's health care system and House passage of these bills will not change that. These two bills have no chance of being voted on in the U.S. Senate—and the President has already pledged to veto both of them if they should come to his desk.
Washington – Congressman Tim Ryan announced today that One Health Ohio (formerly Ohio North East Health Systems Inc.) who operate clinics in Youngstown, Warren and Alliance has been awarded a $127,937 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This grant will be used for the purpose of hiring additional employees to assist with outreach and enrollment efforts for uninsured Ohioans eligible for new health coverage options though the Affordable Care Act.
Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement in response to new laws attacking women’s healthcare in Ohio Governor John Kasich’s Budget:
“Every Ohioan who cares about good government and the health of Ohio women and families should be shocked and disturbed by the numerous anti-woman measures Governor Kasich just signed into law as part of his state budget. This budget is yet another example of the war on women’s health that Governor Kasich and Republican extremists in the Ohio State Legislature continue to wage in Ohio and across the United States.
Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tim Ryan today opposed H.R. 1797, the Nationwide 20-Week Abortion Ban bill which would establish a federal ban on abortions taking place after twenty weeks of pregnancy. While the bill contains an exception in the cases of rape or incest, this exception is alarmingly narrow as it excludes cases that were not reported to law enforcement. This means that 54% of rape victims would not have the option to terminate their pregnancies since their cases went unreported.