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Congressman Adrian Smith

Representing the 3rd District of Nebraska

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July 22, 2019 Column

One of my top priorities is improving health care for rural Americans. Access to high quality, affordable, and available heath care is increasingly lacking in many areas. Empowering providers to better meet the needs of patients and reducing costly and burdensome regulations can go a long way to streamline and strengthen our health care system.

 

June 14, 2019 Column

Federal revenue continued at near-record highs in 2018, at $3.33 trillion. Unfortunately, this amount was not enough to cover the $4.2 trillion in spending last year, further exacerbating our $22 trillion in national debt. As President Ronald Reagan said, “The problem is not that the people are taxed too little. The problem is that government spends too much.”

June 12, 2019 Press Release

 

Washington, D.C. – In today’s Ways and Means Committee hearing on “Medicare for All” Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) spoke out against the proposal, highlighting the massive tax increase it would put on middle class Americans, and the trend of tax-raising proposals recently put forth by House Democrats.

June 7, 2019 Column

There is no place like Nebraska, and my family has been fortunate to call it home for six generations. The experience of living in a rural area is something not found anywhere else. The wide open spaces, unmatched work ethic, and life-long friendships make our small towns unique. This isn’t to say we do not face struggles living in a rural area. My goal since coming to Congress is to provide solutions to these challenges and strengthen rural America for the future.

May 16, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -  Today, U.S. Reps. Adrian Smith (R-NE-3), Terri Sewell (D-AL-07), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA-05), and Dave Loebsack (D-IA-2) introduced the Rural Health Clinic Modernization Act. This legislation provides regulatory relief for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and updates Medicare reimbursements to independent RHCs. The 4,100 RHCs nationwide provide essential primary care and preventative services in rural and underserved areas, either independently or affiliated with a hospital with fewer than 50 beds.
 
April 12, 2019 Column

Prescription drugs are vitally important to all Americans – every one of us included.  Advances in science and technology have opened the doors to treat or cure thousands of diseases which not too long ago would have been considered a death sentence. 

February 22, 2019 Column

Access to quality healthcare is among the most important issues facing the country today, especially for aging Americans. In rural areas, such as Nebraska’s Third District, this is even more true. Nearly 50 million Americans, or one in seven, rely on Medicare for their healthcare needs in retirement or when disabled. The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, of which I am a member, is responsible for writing the policies which govern Medicare and ensuring it meets patients’ needs.

February 8, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL) and Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE), senior members of the House Ways and Means Committee and representatives of rural congressional districts, introduced two bills to improve rural access to healthcare this week.

February 1, 2019 Column

There isn’t much to get excited about when it comes to healthcare these days. Obamacare has failed to deliver the affordable outcomes it promised in just about every way imaginable. The broken promise which troubles me most is President Obama’s famous line, “if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it,” because this couldn’t have been any further from the truth.

January 29, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – The Nebraska Farm Bureau was recognized this week for its work on behalf of Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers in implementing an association health plan to provide them greater access to healthcare. NEFB’s Chief Administrator, Rob Robertson, testified before the full Ways and Means Committee on the outstanding results delivered to its participants through protections for pre-existing conditions and reduced premiums.

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