Health Care

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June 22, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – This week, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) and Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09) sent a letter to Barbara Oemcke, Medical Center Director of the Northern VA Health Care System, seeking answers regarding recently-revealed poor quality of care and health outcomes at the Community Living Center in Prescott.

June 20, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) introduced the Combatting Opioid Misuse Before Addiction for our Troops (COMBAT) Act with Congressman Steve Knight (CA-25) and Congressman Seth Moulton (MA-06). This bipartisan bill prevents the overprescription of opioids to active duty servicemembers, their families, and retirees who use TRICARE by requiring the Department of Defense to implement a seven day first-fill limit for opioid prescriptions.

June 13, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the Recognizing Early Childhood Trauma Related to Substance Abuse Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Congressmen David Brat (VA-07) and Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01). The legislation will help address and reduce childhood trauma caused by the abuse of illegal substances by parents and guardians.

June 8, 2018 In The News

There are more than 4,200 abandoned uranium mines in the U.S., 500 of which are located on or near the Navajo Nation. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the U.S. House this week unanimously passed an amendment to help fund the cleanup of the sites.

June 8, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Last night, the House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass an amendment to the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act introduced by Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01). The amendment expedites the cleanup of abandoned uranium mines, which pose a serious health threat to countless tribal and rural communities across the Southwest.

May 23, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – This week, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) joined Congressman David Brat (VA-07) to introduce H.R. 5889, the Recognizing Early Childhood Trauma Related to Substance Abuse Act. The bipartisan bill will help address and reduce childhood trauma caused by the abuse of illegal substances by parents and guardians.

May 17, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC—Last week Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) joined Congressman Diane Black (TN-06) to introduce the Reducing Overprescribing Opioids in Treatment (ROOT) Act. This bipartisan legislation would improve safe provider prescribing practices by requiring changes to Medicare patient satisfaction surveys used to determine eligibility for bonus payments. 

May 1, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) sent a bipartisan letter signed by 33 other members of Congress to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar regarding reports that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would subject American Indian and Alaska Native communities to state-imposed work requirements in the Medicaid program. Citing the Constitutional obligations the federal government must uphold, the lawmakers requested information regarding HHS's consultation with tribal governments and the process by which CMS officials reached the decision.

April 15, 2018 In The News

Flagstaff learned Friday that it will receive federal funding to construct an 80-bed nursing home for veterans on McMillan Mesa, Flagstaff leaders announced Friday.

The federal government has allocated funding to complete 52 projects on the 2018 list, and Flagstaff is number 52, Mayor Coral Evans said.

Evans said if all goes according to plan, construction can begin on the home in spring of 2019, and will be completed in 18 to 24 months. Yuma also received funding for a veterans’ home as part of the announcement.

April 12, 2018 In The News

Tribal members suffering from cancer because of uranium contamination have few options for local care. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, a bill introduced in Congress would provide federal grants for treatment programs on often-remote reservations.

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