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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From Congressman Smith:
Washington, D.C. – The office of Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will host Senior Service Fairs in Scottsbluff on Wednesday, November 14 and in Grand Island on Thursday, November 15 to coincide with Medicare Open Enrollment.
Officials from the Nebraska Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) will offer one-on-one consultations on available Medicare Part D prescription drug plans. Seniors seeking assistance should bring a complete list of their prescriptions, including dosage information.
Washington, D.C. –Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement after introducing H.R.5507, the Critical Access Hospital Relief Act of 2018.
“Medicare’s 96 hour rule requires physicians to certify at the time of admission their intent to discharge or transfer the patient to another hospital within four days. This arbitrary requirement risks depriving patients in rural areas like much of Nebraska’s Third District of the critical care necessary to save lives.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) joined Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) to introduce H.R. 5506, the Physician Assistant Direct Payment Act, to allow physician assistants (PAs) to directly bill Medicare.
Statement by Smith: