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Arrington Healthcare Reform Bills Pass in Final Week of Congress

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WASHINGTON – On Monday, December 21st, the House and Senate passed several pieces of healthcare reform legislation led by Rep. Arrington. “Rural hospital closures and prescription drug pricing are two of the most urgent and consequential issues facing our country, said Rep. Arrington. Patients in rural America deserve the peace of mind that comes with knowing their families can access care in case... Read more »

Rep. Arrington Urges State to Get COVID Vaccine to Rural Hospitals

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WASHINGTON – Tuesday, Rep. Jodey Arrington (TX-19) sent the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) a letter stressing the importance of rural hospitals receiving COVID vaccine shipments as soon as possible. Despite the fact that 15% of the state’s population lives in rural areas, rural hospitals were excluded from the first round of vaccine distribution. “Rural hospitals throughout West ... Read more »

Reps. Arrington, Sewell, Ruiz, and Hudson Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Remove Barriers to Innovative Multi-Cancer Screening Technology for Medicare Beneficiaries

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WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Reps. Jodey Arrington (TX-19), Terri Sewell (AL-07), Raul Ruiz (CA-36), and Richard Hudson (NC-08) introduced H.R. 8845, the Multi-Cancer Early Detection Screening Coverage Act, legislation to ensure timely Medicare coverage of groundbreaking early cancer detection tests for our nation’s seniors. The bipartisan legislation recognizes emerging advances in our nation’s fight... Read more »

Arrington Commends Trump Administration on Final Drug Pricing Transparency Rule

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WASHINGTON – Following Department of Health and Human Service Secretary Alex Azar’s finalized drug pricing regulation, Rep. Jodey Arrington (TX-19), congratulated him and the Trump administration on their policy leadership. “Drug costs are the fastest growing expenditures in health care, causing some seniors on fixed incomes to ration food, electricity, and even critical medical treatment,” said A... Read more »

Rep. Arrington Recognizes National Rural Health Day

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WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Jodey Arrington (TX-19), Co-Chair of the bipartisan Ways and Means Committee Rural and Underserved Communities Task Force, recognized National Rural Health Day (NRHD). “Over the last eight months, Americans everywhere, including those living in rural communities, have a renewed appreciation for their healthcare providers and the importance of access to critical care,” expl... Read more »

To achieve healthcare equity, telehealth must be expanded to rural and underserved communities

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The coronavirus pandemic has ushered in a boom for telehealth, with its future now being shaped by Congress and federal policy. The need and the challenges for telehealth use in rural and underserved communities are the focus of a House Ways and Means Committee Rural and Urban Underserved Task Force. On Thursday, the task force held a roundtable discussion, "Examining the Role of Telehealth during... Read more »

Arrington Statement on Latest COVID-19 Guideline Updates

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Today, Congressman Jodey Arrington (TX-19) released the following statement in response to the updated Coronavirus Taskforce guidelines for stopping the spread of COVID-19: “First and foremost – I urge all Americans to heed the advice of the Administration and health officials at every level of government. To most effectively battle this virus, citizens in every age group must remain vigilant and ... Read more »

Arrington Statement on Coronavirus in U.S.

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Congressman Jodey Arrington (TX-19) released the following statement after recent reports of Coronavirus throughout the United States: “The President and his Administration have been aggressively implementing an effective containment strategy including travel restrictions, quarantine protocol, and emergency preparedness coordination with state and local governments as well as the private sector,” ... Read more »

Mediocre For All: Rural Healthcare’s Road Trip to Ruin

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Traveling through the beautiful farmlands of early primary states, you can find the self-proclaimed champions of socialized medicine amid the flashes of cameras on the campaign trail. If you keep driving through, you’ll see the harsh reality beyond presidential candidate photo-ops. You’ll see the more than 100 rural hospitals that have closed in the United States since 2010, including two in my d... Read more »

Arrington Announces Legislation to Save Rural Hospitals at NRHA Policy Institute

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At the National Rural Health Association’s 2020 Policy Institute, Congressman Jodey Arrington (TX-19) announced the introduction of H.R. 5808, the Save Rural Communities Act, which would provide rural hospitals the option to scale down to an outpatient only, 24 hour emergency care center. Under current law, hospitals have very limited tools to adjust the services they offer to meet their community... Read more »

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