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
Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement in response to yesterday’s announcement that more than 25 million seniors on Medicare have received one or more free preventative services in 2013 due to the Affordable Care Act:
Washington DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) introduced H.R. 2783 today as an amendment to the Budget agreement worked out by the House of Representatives and Senate, H.J.Res.59. This legislation 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.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan and 19 Members of Congress requested today that the Department of Health and Human Services use the full extent of their authority to require additional disclosure from insurers who are sending health plan cancellation letters to customers.
A copy of the text sent to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is available here.
Washington DC - Today, Reps. Tim Ryan (OH-13), Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32), Ron Barber (AZ-02), Paul Tonko (NY-20), and Barbara Lee (CA-13) applauded the Obama administration for issuing final regulations for the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA).
Warren, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan is proud to announce that today, the U.S.
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Tim Ryan announced today that a $775,000 grant has been awarded to the Asian Service in Action, Inc. (ASIA), a non-profit organization from Akron and Cleveland that works to empower and advocate for Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders. The money will be used to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate information and services, including comprehensive care across all life cycles, including primary care, OB/GYN, pediatrics, geriatrics, preventive dental, diagnostic laboratory and x-ray, pharmacy, and emergency medical services.
Video of briefing available here: https://youtu.be/qS8DRR0Dsec
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Tim Ryan issued the following statement today on the opening of the Health Insurance Marketplace:
“Today is an important day for all Americans. The Affordable Care Act’s Marketplace is open and individuals in Ohio and across the nation can finally begin purchasing health insurance through the exchanges. People no longer have to worry about being denied quality health insurance due to a pre-existing medical condition.
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.