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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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.
“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.”
Congressman John Moolenaar (R-Midland) toured Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital recently and met with several members of the leadership team to discuss rural health care issues as well as see first-hand investments being made by the hospital that will directly impact patient care.