I lost my sister, Bridget, to breast cancer in January 2000. What my family faced and families across the country face when challenged by life-threatening disease and injuries is a reminder why medical innovation and research is so important. Minnesota is home to more than 400 medical device companies, and it is government’s responsibility to be a resource, not a roadblock, on the road to advancement in this field.
Our current health care system is broken and in need of repair. Recent reports show that Minnesota is grappling with some of the highest health insurance premium increases in the country. I am committed to finding solutions that expand choice in the healthcare market and improve access to the best types of treatment and care in a manner that does not saddle families with new federal mandates, taxes and penalties. But, if our aim is to increase healthcare options while also decreasing costs, it is not enough for Congress to simply be against Obamacare—we need to offer alternatives and real solutions. I support creating a system where insurance can be purchased across state lines and moves with an individual, extending coverage as well as competition for your hard-earned money. High risk pools can be developed and used to help those with preexisting conditions, and I believe the use of Health Savings Accounts can be expanded and should be encouraged. Small businesses can pool together to increase their bargaining power and drive down costs for their employees. We can also work to address medical malpractice and lawsuit abuse, and we can reduce fraud in government programs to ensure that they actually serve those most in need.
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WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, and Representatives Angie Craig (MN-2), Dean Phillips (MN-3), Betty McCollum (MN-4), Ilhan Omar (MN-5), Tom Emmer (MN-6), Colin Peterson (MN-7), and Pete Stauber (MN-8) urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to protect funding for Minnesota’s Basic Health Plan (BHP), MinnesotaCare. In a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, the members asked CMS to reconsider its proposal to adjust the methodology under which BHP programs receive federal funding.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) introduced the Medical Innovation Never Stops Act to provide consistency and continuity for medical device manufacturers during lapses in government funding.
WASHINGTON, DC - Today Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded CentraCare Health in St. Cloud, MN a grant of $324,290 to provide telehealth services for Minnesotans in rural areas. Specifically this grant will support implementation and evaluation of broad telehealth networks to deliver 24-hour Emergency Department (ED) consultation services via telehealth to rural providers.
CMS misses congressional deadline, leaves states like Minnesota in the dark for how to treat those suffering from mental illness
1115 waiver guidance would increase access to mental illness treatment across the U.S.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) released the following statement regarding today’s passage of H.J. Res 123:
“Today, the House passed language from the CHIP Stability Act (H.R. 4515) that I introduced with Rep. Costello (PA-06). This provision allows for CHIP funding through the end of the year to bring certainty and much needed support for thousands of Minnesotans. I am proud to be a voice for the individuals who depend on CHIP and will continue to fight on behalf of Minnesota families.”
Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) and Congressman Ryan Costello (PA-06) introduced legislation to provide short-term funding for the Minnesota Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) introduced legislation to provide a fix for Minnesota’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funding and provide more flexibility for the state.
Washington, D.C. – This week, Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) introduced H.Res. 617 to designate the third Thursday of November as “World Wide Pressure Injury Prevention Day.”
Prevention of injury and disease plays a vital role in the health care of our nation. While there is a spotlight on many important issues that require our attention, there are also lesser-known areas that also deserve acknowledgment.
Based on preliminary rates, federal approval of Minnesota’s reinsurance program would help bring down premiums for several individual market health insurance plans in the state. Without federal approval, rates for many individual market plans could increase substantially.