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April 23, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Representatives Adrian Smith (R-NE) and Judy Chu (D-CA) today introduced the PEERS in Medicare Act to expand access to peer support specialists by clarifying that they can participate as part of a team that provides behavioral health integration (BHI) services for Medicare beneficiaries.

March 19, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE), along with his colleagues Representatives Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Peter Welch (D-VT), introduced the Increasing Access to Quality Cardiac Rehabilitation Act of 2021. The bill would authorize physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and clinical nurse specialists, referred to as advanced practice providers, to begin supervising patients’ day-to-day cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation care to expand patient access to cardiovascular services.

February 12, 2021 Column

Getting Americans back to work has been one of the primary challenges facing our nation since the COVID-19 pandemic began nearly one year ago. While the employment situation varies widely from state to state, ensuring every unemployed American can reconnect with work must be a top priority. In Nebraska we are fortunate to have an unemployment rate of just 3%, making us one of 18 states that have an unemployment rate below 5%. Other states which have had more restrictive lockdowns are seeing much higher rates of unemployment. 

December 4, 2020 Column

When I meet with hospitals and health care providers around Nebraska, both prior to and during the current pandemic, the impact of unnecessary regulations on their ability to provide care in rural areas is always at the top of their list of concerns. Over the last four years I have appreciated working with the Trump administration on these issues because of their persistent willingness to listen to rural Americans, take these concerns seriously, and act. We cannot afford to go in the other direction.

October 30, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement after his bill, the Reducing Unnecessary Senior Hospitalization (RUSH) Act, was included in the Commitment to Defeat the Virus and Keep America Healthy Act (H.R. 14), a package of bipartisan provisions designed to aid Americans in addressing the impact of COVID-19 by promoting policies which incentivize innovation and supports healthy workplaces.

October 19, 2020 Column

There are two approaches to meet the health care needs of Americans. The first way is a command economy approach, such as the Medicare for All effort, which uses mandates to force patients, providers, and insurers to take action – demonstrated under Obamacare to worsen access and drive up costs. The second way is to use the marketplace to drive down costs and improve consumer access like we used in constructing Medicare Part D to improve prescription access for seniors.

August 10, 2020 Column

Many of the steps we have taken to physically and economically combat COVID-19 have received widespread coverage, such as social distancing, wearing of masks, and quarantining. The most critical measure, however, has largely been going on behind the scenes and deserves our attention. Developing a vaccine for COVID-19 is the only way to defeat the virus, potentially helping billions of people worldwide.

August 3, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE), released the following statement after President Trump issued an Executive Order (EO) addressing rural health and telehealth concerns. This EO creates new ways of financing for rural health, and extensions of emergency telehealth waivers previously limited to the COVID public health emergency.

July 17, 2020 Column

In times of uncertainty Americans have pulled together and forged a path forward. Now, during a worldwide health crisis, is our chance to refocus on solving our urgent health care challenges by unleashing American innovation.

July 6, 2020 Column

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) – also known as Obamacare – is ten years old. However, with ten years of hindsight, it is clear the ACA has been anything but affordable for Nebraska families. In the Third District, insurance on the ACA exchange often costs upwards of $30,000 for a family when you include annual premiums and deductible. Despite the ACA raising health insurance rates instead of lowering them, this week Speaker Pelosi brought a new ACA expansion bill (H.R. 1425) before the House of Representatives.