Health Care

I am a member of the House Appropriations Committee and the subcommittee with oversight of HHS and its response to the opioid crisis. I support funding for states to combat the opioid crisis and I have also backed legislation funding research into new pain relief treatments so patients can safely recover without the risk of addiction. I have also supported funding that will help our country find cures for cancer and Alzheimer’s. These diseases rob us of our loved ones and we must continue research that will bring us closer to finding life-saving treatments.

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October 24, 2018 Press Release
“President Trump has made stopping the opioid crisis a top priority since he took office. Today's new law will help prevent opioid abuse and provide more treatment for those in need. Through my conversations with families, health care professionals, and local leaders, I know there is an urgent need for assistance in our region. By empowering new research into pain relief and supporting efforts to stop fentanyl in our communities, this comprehensive new law takes on many of the problems associated with the epidemic and it will help save lives."
October 8, 2018 In The News

"With respect to opioids it's important, we've been working on legislation that is doing research, is funding research for non-addictive pain medicines, I think that's an important thing to develop new technologies that help people without forming those kinds of addictions," Moolenaar said.

October 8, 2018 In The News

"It’s encouraging to see commitment to high quality medicine, It’s a very complex area with different needs for different patients this is a group that’s committed to serving their patients in a way that is safe and good quality and cost effective," said Moolenaar.

September 28, 2018 Press Release
“I am working with families and community leaders to stop the opioid crisis. Today's legislation is a strong follow-up to my work on the Appropriations Committee to fund research of pain relief alternatives and provide grants to Michigan communities. Today's urgently needed reforms in the SUPPORT Act will empower people on the frontlines of the epidemic with more resources to prevent opioid abuse, treat those in need of help, stop dangerous drugs like fentanyl, and save lives."
September 26, 2018 Press Release
“Last week, I met with constituents across the district who are on the front lines of the opioid crisis. This legislation is crucial to supporting efforts in mid and northern Michigan that will fight the epidemic. It will enable first responders, health care professionals and treatment experts to do more to help men and women avoid substance abuse and overcome addiction.
September 18, 2018 In The News

Congressman John Moolenaar visited Cadillac Tuesday and updated us on current legislation directly affecting Michiganders.

The congressman spoke about the house’s Great Lakes Restoration initiative, as well as work on the opioid crisis, veterans issues, and the budget.

September 10, 2018 Press Release
"This grant will go directly to the first responders on the front lines of the opioid crisis in northern Michigan. In an emergency, every second is valuable, and this improvement in 9-1-1 services will help save lives."
July 24, 2018 Press Release

Today, the House of Representatives passed the Native American Health Savings Improvement Act (H.R. 1476) introduced by Congressman John Moolenaar.

The legislation improves access to federal Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) for Native Americans who receive services at Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities.

Right now, Native Americans must wait three months after receiving care at an Indian Health Service facility before they can make a contribution to their HSAs again.

July 13, 2018 Editorial
From my meetings with patients, families, health care professionals, and community leaders, I know there is an urgent need to fight the opioid crisis that has touched the lives of people across mid and northern Michigan. I have held roundtables on the opioid crisis, meeting extensively with residents across the district to receive their feedback on how to fight the epidemic.
July 12, 2018 Press Release
“I voted for this legislation because the funding will go to those on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic and provide help to those who need it most. I also strongly support pioneering research to develop new treatments that will help patients recover without opioids.”

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