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Congressmen Gregg Harper (R-MS) and Jim Langevin (D-RI), co-chairs of the House Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus, today praised passage of the Enhancing the Stature and Visibility of Medical Rehabilitation Research at NIH Act by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). As the lead sponsors of companion legislation in the House, they commended Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) for championing this effort in the Senate.
“Family caregivers are the backbone of services and supports in this country and are the first line of assistance for most people. Each caregiver helps make it possible for older adults and people with disabilities to live independently in their homes and communities,” said Harper. “Respite is one of the most frequently requested support services among family caregivers; however, the vast majority of family caregivers still go without it. With access to respite services, family caregivers are given the opportunity to recharge as they continue to face the physical, emotional, and financial challenges of caregiving.”
“This two-year bipartisan, bicameral, budget agreement secures long-term savings through structural entitlement reforms, protects the economy by avoiding a default on the national debt, and strengthens our national security and Armed Forces.”
Reps. Harper, Castor, Black, and Lujan Grisham Introduce Legislation to Recognize Value, Role of Family Caregivers
This bipartisan legislation would require the development, maintenance, and updating of an integrated national strategy to recognize and support family caregivers. The bill would bring together relevant federal agencies and others from the private and public sectors, such as family caregivers, older adults and persons with disabilities, health care and Long Term Support Services (LTSS) providers, employers, relevant industries, state and local officials, and others on an advisory council to advise and make recommendations. The strategy would identify specific actions that government, communities, providers, employers, and others can take to recognize and support family caregivers.
U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015:
In keeping with our pledge to Grow America’s Economy Instead of Washington’s Economy, I want to take a moment to draw your attention to what the House of Representatives has accomplished in just the month of January.
This evening, the House of Representatives passed the FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill. This spending bill contains a number of important measures that fulfill the people’s priorities, including protecting jobs, stopping wasteful spending, reining in government overreach, and funding our national security.
There’s no question: Spending is out of control under the Obama administration. From the failed stimulus to the ballooning cost of ObamaCare, this White House continues to spend money we just don’t have. But House Republicans have a plan to balance the budget and grow the economy. It’s called the Path to Prosperity. And the plan repeals ObamaCare, provides a fairer tax code, and cuts $5.1 trillion over the next decade – targeting wasteful Washington spending and reforming government programs driving the nation’s debt.
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.”