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Congress must work to pass bipartisan legislation that improves the health and wellbeing of Americans by expanding access to insurance coverage, bringing down the cost of prescription drugs, and investing in rural hospitals.

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November 6, 2019 In The News

In 2004, Sergeant Daniel Somers was deployed to Iraq with the National Guard as part of a Tactical Human Intelligence Team. There, he served in over 400 combat missions. 

After his second deployment, Daniel was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, a traumatic brain injury suffered during combat and several other medical issues.

Nearly a decade after he joined the military, 30-year-old Daniel died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, down the street from his home in Phoenix.

October 30, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act, legislation introduced by a group of lawmakers including Arizona Reps. Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) and Raúl Grijalva (AZ-02) that would permanently ban uranium mining in and near the Grand Canyon.

October 28, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Tonight, the House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass H.R.1781, the Payment Commission Data Act, legislation introduced by Reps. Tom O’Halleran (D-Az.), Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-Ga.), Tom Rice (R-Sc.), and Jimmy Panetta (D-Ca.) to increase transparency in the drug pricing system.

October 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – This week, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) joined the Congressional ALS Caucus, a bipartisan group of lawmakers working collaboratively to raise awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and identify research funding and opportunities to search for a cure.

October 23, 2019 Contributed Columns

This year, I’ve held 26 town halls across Arizona’s 1st Congressional District. At each and every one, I hear from families, seniors and veterans who are concerned about the overwhelmingly high costs of their prescription drugs.

I hear from people like Karen, from Globe, a 74-year-old widow who cannot afford her prescriptions and often goes without them. Or Charlotte, from Eagar, who saves $800 a month by going to Mexico for her medications.

October 22, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON – A quartet of House Democrats want to see Medicare Part B coverage expanded to include routine vision benefits.

Right now, Medicare only covers surgery and screenings for people who are at a high risk of getting cataracts and glaucoma, but it but does not cover routine eye exams

As a result, only about 57% of Medicare beneficiaries with vision problems said they have received an eye exam during the previous year.

A recent study by University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center shows 92% of older adults enrolled in Medicare use eyeglasses.

October 18, 2019 Contributed Columns

WASHINGTON D.C. —Following Thursday’s full-day House Energy and Commerce Committee markup of H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, Congressman Tom O’Halleran, (AZ-01) released the following statement on Friday. 

“This year alone, I have held 26 town halls in my District. At every one of them, I heard from Arizona seniors, veterans, and families about the rising costs of health care and prescription drugs. This long-overdue legislation takes a good first step toward reforming a system that has allowed for these skyrocketing prices.

October 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Late last night, the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to pass H.R.4665, the Medicare Vision Act, out of Committee to the full House of Representatives for a final vote.

“Eye exams, glasses, and routine vision procedures are necessary components to comprehensive health care for Arizona seniors,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “I’m pleased that my colleagues on Energy and Commerce voted to pass our bill that would expand Medicare to cover indispensable services that seniors so often forgo or delay because they cannot afford them.”

October 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, following Thursday’s full day House Energy and Commerce Committee markup of H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, Congressman Tom O’Halleran, (AZ-01) released the following statement:

“This year alone, I have held 26 town halls in my District. At every one of them, I heard from Arizona seniors, veterans, and families about the rising costs of health care and prescription drugs. This long overdue legislation takes a good first step toward reforming a system that has allowed for these skyrocketing prices.

October 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON– Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), with Reps. Kim Schrier, M.D. (WA-08), Elissa Slotkin (MI-08), and Suzan DelBene (WA-01), introduced the Medicare Vision Act of 2019, legislation to expand Medicare Part B coverage to include routine vision benefits. Currently, Medicare only covers surgery and screenings for people who are at a high risk of getting cataracts and glaucoma. 

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