I firmly believe that all Americans should access to affordable health care, including coverage for pre-existing conditions, but there is a big difference between having health care and having health insurance. We must put control of health care decisions back into the hands of individuals, families, and their doctors. Instead of making health care more accessible and more affordable, Obamacare has only made it harder for many Amerians to access the health services they ned. Thousands of Coloradans have had their health insurance plans cancelled, because Obamacare is making it near impossibe for insurers to provide plans in our state. The law has also forced many small businesses to cut their employee health insurance benefits. As we continue our work to fix the health care system by repealing and replacing Obamacare, I will support legislation that allows the free market to work and competition to drive down health care costs.
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WASHINGTON D.C. – Last week, Representatives Scott Tipton (R-CO) and Collin Peterson (D-MN) reintroduced the bipartisan Rural Hospital Frontier Fairness Act to provide Sole Community Hospitals with increased funding to hire staff. The legislation also expands the 340b Drug Pricing Program to help these facilities afford increasingly expensive medications for patients.
A pilot program that encouraged the use of alternatives to opioids at Colorado hospitals will soon be implemented at hospitals across the country as a result of President Donald Trump signing an opioid bill into law last week.
It has been eight years since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and in that time, those living in Colorado’s Third District have seen their healthcare steadily become less affordable and less accessible than ever before. Since 2013, the year ACA exchanges opened in Colorado, individuals in the Third Congressional District have had health insurance premiums increase by an average of 42 percent. These high premiums have been compounded by skyrocketing deductibles, which under the cheapest plan, cost $6,000 on average nationally.
For the past decade, the national debt has been increasing at an alarming rate, while billions of dollars sit in unused accounts across the federal government, in many cases no longer legally eligible to be used.
How did opioid and heroin abuse become such a widespread issue? The answer to this question is complex and multifaceted; however, too often opioid abuse begins in a hospital emergency room or doctor's office.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced 2018 grant funding to assist each state and territory in combatting the opioid abuse epidemic. Of the $485 million in funding being distributed, Colorado will receive $7,869,651. This grant is the result of the 21st Century Cures Act, which Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) voted to pass and was subsequently signed into law in 2016.
WASHINGTON D.C. – Representatives Scott Tipton (CO-03) and Collin Peterson (MN-07) introduced the bipartisan Rural Hospital Frontier Fairness Act to provide Sole Community Hospitals with increased funding for workforce development. The legislation will also expand a crucial safety-net program to help rural facilities secure affordable medications for patients.
WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) voted for the Continuing Resolution (CR), to keep the government funded through March 23, 2018. The CR would also extend funding for Community Health Centers for two years through the Community Health Center Fund. It passed with a vote of 245-182 and will head to the Senate next.
WASHINGTON D.C. — Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) voted to extend federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), community health centers and other critical public health programs. The Championing Healthy Kids Act (H.R. 3922), passed the House with bipartisan support.