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From the editor: Healthcare remains critical issue and Americans demand change

From the editor: Healthcare remains critical issue and Americans demand change

By Aurora Aguilar  |  September 22, 2018

The 115th Congress on the State of Healthcare, a collection of commentaries from members of Congress, is intentionally timed close to the midterm elections this year. In just over a month, voters will take to the polls to decide whether the Senate and House will remain controlled by Republicans.

Sen. Blunt: Increasing funding to improve behavioral health

Sen. Blunt: Increasing funding to improve behavioral health

By Sen. Roy Blunt  |  September 22, 2018

Across the country, opioid overdoses and deaths have surged in recent years. In 2017, opioid overdose deaths hit a record high, taking the lives of 134 people every day. To save lives, we must maintain a federal response that is up to the challenge we're facing.

Sen. Capito: States and Congress need to battle opioids together

Sen. Capito: States and Congress need to battle opioids together

By Sen. Shelley Moore Capito  |  September 22, 2018

We understand that it is going to take a coordinated, all-hands-on-deck, community-focused effort to fight the opioid epidemic. And while our local leaders are at the forefront of that fight, Congress is by no means taking a back seat.

Sen. Cassidy: We're working on lowering prices for patients

Sen. Cassidy: We're working on lowering prices for patients

By Sen. Bill Cassidy  |  September 22, 2018

Healthcare costs are too high. Families are grappling with double- and triple-digit increases in health insurance premiums and rising out-of-pocket expenses. A growing percentage of our nation's gross domestic product is consumed by healthcare costs. We need solutions.

Sen. Murphy: 'Choose Medicare' should be an option for all Americans

Sen. Murphy: 'Choose Medicare' should be an option for all Americans

By Sen. Chris Murphy  |  September 22, 2018

Having Medicare as an option will force private insurance companies to be more competitive, bringing down costs for everyone. It also tests the idea that Medicare is the right benefit for everyone by allowing consumers and businesses to choose for themselves.

Sen. Paul: Association health plans open new coverage options

Sen. Paul: Association health plans open new coverage options

By Sen. Rand Paul  |  September 22, 2018

Looking to “big government” for answers to skyrocketing healthcare costs may be some politicians' solution, but that only results in giving the American people more frustration and fewer options—along with still-expensive healthcare.

Rep. DeLauro: One thing President Trump must do to protect coverage

Rep. DeLauro: One thing President Trump must do to protect coverage

By Rep. Rosa DeLauro  |  September 22, 2018

There are 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions who would struggle to get quality, affordable health insurance, if not for the protections in the Affordable Care Act. It is imperative for President Donald Trump to stop sabotaging the ACA.

Rep. Lujan: Medicaid buy-in would offer an attractive insurance option

Rep. Lujan: Medicaid buy-in would offer an attractive insurance option

By Rep. Ben Ray Lujan  |  September 22, 2018

While congressional Republicans have spent the 115th Congress attacking a law that protects Americans, the New Mexico state Legislature took a bipartisan step forward by approving a measure to study how a Medicaid buy-in program could strengthen healthcare in the state.

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