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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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.”
June 22, 2018 Press Release
"In the past two weeks, the House has passed vital legislation to fight the opioid crisis in our country. From my meetings with patients, families, health care professionals, and community leaders I know they want this legislation and funding to help them recover from addiction and combat the epidemic in their towns. I urge the Senate to swiftly take up this legislation and help Michigan families who have been hurt by opioid addiction."
June 15, 2018 Press Release
“The opioid crisis has affected people across mid and northern Michigan. That’s why I supported legislation this week that advances medical research that will help patients recover without the addictive power of opioids. The legislation will also empower health professionals with the abilities they need to safely dispose of opioids and help at-risk patients. These solutions are patient-focused and will prevent opioid abuse in our communities.”
June 12, 2018 In The News

“Some veterans face challenges when they return to civilian life, including mental health and the opioid crisis,” said Rep. Moolenaar, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. “This bill gives the VA more resources to help them receive the care they earned defending our country.”

May 21, 2018 Press Release
The opioid crisis has impacted people from all walks of life, including our veterans as they seek treatment at the VA. Prescription drug monitoring at the VA will help prevent addiction and protect our veterans from opioid abuse.