The House passed a bill earlier this evening to address steep hikes in flood insurance rates facing many Mississippi homeowners and businesses. Superstorm Sandy and last year’s flooding out west were brutal reminders of what Hurricane Katrina did to Mississippi in 2005. These tragedies demonstrate the need for a strong flood insurance program to help innocent victims of natural disasters across the country.
Rural America and underserved communities struggle with inadequate access to health care. This is primarily due to provider shortages and a lack of resources in communities needing primary care and prevention education. Metropolitan areas face similar challenges in providing timely and adequate access to specialty and sub-specialty services — such as care for cancer patients and victims of acute strokes — due to urban isolation and cultural barriers. That is why we have authored a bipartisan bill, the Telehealth Enhancement Act (HR 3306), to help connect these patients with health providers through telemedicine networks.
Last week, former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders Trent Lott and Tom Daschle launched the Alliance for Connected Care – a coalition to promote telehealth policies like my bill, the “Telehealth Enhancement Act.”
This morning, I had the honor of delivering my second Weekly Republican Address this month. But this time, I was joined by three of my friends in calling on the president to support House-passed bills that address issues he discussed in the State of the Union.