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
Akron and Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan today congratulates the cities of Akron and Youngstown for being selected by Reinvestment Fund and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to take part in the new Invest Health initiative, aimed at transforming how leaders from mid-size American cities work together to help low-income communities thrive.
Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan announces $19,146 for Youngstown State University. This federal grant was made available through the U.S. Department of Health and Human services and this funding will go to a YSU nurse anesthetist traineeship program.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan applauds Senate passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), Congressman Ryan introduced the House version of CARA in February of 2015. This legislation provides for a robust response to the prescription drug and heroin epidemic that includes prevention, law enforcement strategies and the expansion of evidence-based treatment. Congressman Ryan is the Co-Chairman of the House Addiction Treatment and Recovery Caucus.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement in response to the Ohio State House voting to strip $1.3 million from Planned Parenthood in a bill that will now go to Governor Kasich to be signed. This legislation passed despite Planned Parenthood being cleared of any wrongdoing amidst allegations that it sold fetal tissue and a grand jury instead indicting anti-abortion activists on charges including tampering with a governmental record. Attorney General Mike DeWine’s investigation also concluded that no Ohio Planned Parenthood clinics sold fetal tissue.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan released the following statement after Republicans in the Ohio State Senate passed legislation stripping $1.3 million from Planned Parenthood. This legislation was passed despite a grand jury this week clearing Planned Parenthood of any wrongdoing in allegations of the illegal selling of fetal tissue – and instead indicted anti-abortion activists on charges including tampering with a governmental record.
Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement on the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans, unveiled today by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services. These guidelines are updated every five years to make recommendations about the components of a healthy and nutritionally adequate diet to help promote health and prevent chronic disease for current and future generations.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Tom Rooney (R-FL) introduced the Stop Trafficking in Fentanyl Act of 2015, a bill that amends the Controlled Substances Act to ensure the law appropriately reflects the potency of the opioid fentanyl.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement today in response to the House Republican Party’s 61st vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and another attempt to defund Planned Parenthood – both of which were included in a budget reconciliation package to fund the government:
Akron, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan announces $6 million in federal funds to scientists from the University of Akron, Huston Methodist Research Institute and Texas A&M University from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materials Command to advance their work in this limb-salvage technique. Soldiers wounded by gunshots and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) may soon be treated with a novel limb-saving procedure. The surgery involves a cylinder-shaped polymeric shell that stabilizes the site of injury while the missing bone regenerates.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan urged Governor John Kasich today to include Trumbull and Mahoning Counties in the State of Ohio’s request of a time limit waiver for Supplemental Nutrition Aid Program. View the PDF here.
October 2, 2015
The Honorable John R. Kasich
Governor, State of Ohio
Riffe Center, 30th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215