Larry Bucshon

Larry Bucshon

INDIANA's 8th DISTRICT

Dr. Bucshon’s Work Invaluable to HIP 2.0 Efforts

2015/01/29

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Governor Mike Pence announced this week that Indiana received a waiver from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to expand the state’s successful Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) through HIP 2.0, an innovative, consumer-driven plan that reforms traditional Medicaid and expands health coverage to 350,000 low-income, uninsured Hoosiers.   

Eighth District Congressman Larry Bucshon, a physician from Southern Indiana, called the agreement a win for Indiana.

“This announcement is a win for our state,” said Bucshon. “I spent my career as a healthcare provider caring for patients regardless of their ability to pay. I know that we can do better for our patients than settling for the top-down, one-size-fits-all expansion of traditional Medicaid. Indiana has demonstrated this with the success of Healthy Indiana Plan. I’m happy to see HHS grant Indiana the flexibility to build on our progress and expand access to quality care for 350,000 low-income Hoosiers without insurance. This is about empowering patients to take control of their healthcare decisions and improving their quality of life.”

Bucshon went on to praise the work of Governor Pence to secure the waiver from HHS. “I commend the persistent work of Governor Pence on behalf of Hoosiers. Thanks to his leadership, Indiana will be a model for how states can implement conservative, consumer-driven solutions to innovate and meet the healthcare needs of their citizens.”

Bucshon has long been an opponent of the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of traditional Medicaid.  Instead, he has advocated for the federal government to give states the flexibility to cover their low-income populations. During their “Hoosier Healthcare Tour,” Bucshon and fellow physician and Indiana Ways and Means Chairman, Dr. Tim Brown, took this message across the state.

In the 113th Congress, Bucshon was successful at getting Medicaid reform language using HIP as an example for states in the House Republican Budget. He also urged HHS to grant Indiana a waiver during Congressional hearings on Capitol Hill and through letters to the agency.

Governor Pence applauded Congressman Bucshon’s support of Healthy Indiana Plan and HIP 2.0.

“As a physician and lawmaker, Congressman Bucshon has been a leader on healthcare policy, and his support of our efforts has been invaluable,” said Pence.  “His advocacy of HIP, here in Indiana on his ‘Hoosier Healthcare Tour’ and at the national level working with Congress and HHS, cannot be understated, and I am grateful for his continued support.”

The Governor went on to say, “I look forward to working with Congressman Bucshon as we implement HIP 2.0 and use our innovative, patient-centered ideas as a blueprint for other states to reform Medicaid and cover their low-income, uninsured populations.”

Congressman Larry Bucshon, a physician from Southern Indiana, is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the 114th Congress, Bucshon will serve on the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  The 8th District of Indiana includes all or parts of Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warrick counties.

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Dr. Bucshon Comments on Passing of Congressman Myers

2015/01/28

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. released the following statement honoring the life and service of former Indiana Congressman John T. Myers.

“We are all saddened to hear the news of Congressman John T. Myers’ passing, but as a community we celebrate and honor his great legacy,” said Bucshon. “Congressman Myers was known for his dedication to his constituents, his charisma, and his accomplishments behind the scenes. He was a one-of-a-kind public servant, and Indiana was lucky to have his representation in Congress. Kathryn and I send our deepest sympathies and prayers to the Myers family during this time.”

Congressman Larry Bucshon, a physician from Southern Indiana, is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the 114th Congress, Bucshon will serve on the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  The 8th District of Indiana includes all or parts of Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warrick counties.

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Dr. Bucshon Statement on HIP 2.0 Waiver

2015/01/27

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Congressman Larry Bucshon, a physician from Southern Indiana, issued the following statement regarding today’s announcement by Governor Mike Pence that Indiana  has reached an agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to move forward with an expansion of the Healthy Indiana Plan through HIP 2.0. 

Bucshon stated:

“Today’s announcement is long-awaited news for our state.  I spent my career as a healthcare provider caring for patients regardless of their socioeconomic status or ability to pay. I know that we can do better for our patients than settling for the top-down, one-size-fits-all expansion of traditional Medicaid. Indiana has demonstrated this with the success of Healthy Indiana Plan. As I traveled the state last year with Indiana Ways and Means Chairman Dr. Tim Brown on our ‘Hoosier Healthcare Tour,’ we consistently heard the same message. 

“I’m happy to see the Department of Health and Human Services grant Indiana the flexibility to build on our progress and expand access to quality care for 350,000 low-income Hoosiers without insurance. I commend the persistent work of Governor Pence on behalf of Hoosiers.  Thanks to his leadership, Indiana will be a model for how states can implement conservative, consumer-driven solutions to innovate and meet the healthcare needs of their citizens.”

Congressman Larry Bucshon, a physician from Southern Indiana, is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the 114th Congress, Bucshon will serve on the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  The 8th District of Indiana includes all or parts of Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warrick counties.

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Traveling Office Hours - February

2015/01/26

The Traveling Office Hours program is a chance to meet face-to-face with a Congressional staff member to discuss issues, problems, or opinions regarding the federal government.  All times are local.

TRAVELING OFFICE HOURS SCHEDULE FOR FEBRUARY

Clay County: When: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 @ 9:30 –11:00am Eastern Time  Where: Clay County Court House - 609 East National Avenue, Brazil, IN 47834

Daviess County: When: Friday, February 20, 2015 @ 1:30 – 3:00pm Eastern Time Where: Washington Mayor's Office, City Council Chambers - 200 Harned Avenue  Washington, IN 47501

Dubois County:

Huntingburg When: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 @ 2:30-4:00pm Eastern Time  Where: Ferdinand Town Hall - 2065 Main St., Ferdinand, IN 47532

Jasper

When: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 @ 10am – 1pm Eastern Time Where: Jasper City Hall - 610 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Jasper, IN 47547

When: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 @ 10am – 1pm Eastern Time Where: Jasper City Hall - 610 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Jasper, IN 47547

When: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 @ 10am – 1pm Eastern Time Where: Jasper City Hall - 610 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Jasper, IN 47547

When: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 @ 10am – 1pm Eastern Time Where: Jasper City Hall - 610 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Jasper, IN 47547

Gibson County: When: Thursday, February 19, 2015 @ 10:00-11:30am Central Time  Where: Princeton City Hall - 310 W State Street, Princeton, IN 47670

Greene County: When: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 @ 2:00–3:30pm Eastern Time  Where: City Hall - 86 South Main Street, Linton, IN 47441

Martin County: When: Thursday, February 26, 2015 @ 11am – 12:30pm Eastern Time  Where: Loogootee Municipal Building, Council Chamber - 401 JFK Ave. Loogootee, IN 47553

Owen County: When: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 @ 10:00–11:30am Eastern Time  Where: Owen County Court House - 60 South Main Street, Spencer, IN 47460

Parke County: When: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 @ 12:30–2:00pm Eastern Time  Where: Parke County Courthouse - 116 W High St., Rockville, IN 47872

Perry County: When: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 @ 1:30-3:00pm Central Time  Where: Cannelton City Hall - 210 S. 8th St, Cannelton, IN 47520

Pike County: When: Thursday, February 5, 2015 @ 10:00-11:30am Eastern Time  Where: Petersburg City Hall - 704 East Main Street, Petersburg, IN 47567

Posey County:            When: Thursday, February 12, 2015 @ 10:00-11:30am Central time Where: Mt. Vernon Mayor's Office - 520 Main St, Mt Vernon, IN 47620

Spencer County: When: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 @ 1:30-3:00pm Central Time  Where: Santa Claus Town Hall, 90 North Holiday Boulevard, Santa Claus, IN 47579

Sullivan County: When: Thursday, February 19, 2015 @ 9:00–10:30am Eastern time  Where: Courthouse - 100 Courthouse Sq. Sullivan, IN 47882

Vermillion County: When: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 @ 9:30-11:00am Eastern time  Where: Clinton City Hall - 259 Vine Street, Clinton, IN

Warrick County:When: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 @ 1:30-3:00pm Central Time Where: Boonville-Warrick County Public Library, 611 West Main Street, Boonville, IN 47601

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Dr. Bucshon Votes to Strengthen America’s “Architecture of Abundance”

2015/01/21

(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Wednesday, the House passed H.R. 161, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act, a bill that clears bureaucratic red tape for natural gas pipeline permitting by expediting and modernizing the federal review process. H.R. 161 helps facilitate the construction of new pipeline infrastructure needed to help transport the nation’s growing natural gas supply to markets and consumers who need it.

Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. released the following statement after voting to approve H.R. 161:

 “America is on the verge of an energy revolution if we can just get past outdated bureaucratic hurdles. Natural gas is a critical component of our all-of-the-above energy portfolio. Unfortunately, we don’t have the necessary pipeline infrastructure in place to move the supply to markets and consumers. Regions of the country are facing shortages because of this structural deficit, causing prices to be volatile. For instance, during the polar vortex last year the Northeast saw costs double. As our energy landscape continues to evolve, our infrastructure must be modernized to meet the country’s energy needs and secure the electric grid. This bill gets government red tape out of the way so the private sector can innovate to strengthen our architecture of abundance, creating jobs and lowering the cost of energy.”

More on the Energy and Commerce Committee’s efforts to take full advantage of America’s “Architecture of Abundance,” is available here.

Congressman Larry Bucshon, a physician from Southern Indiana, is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the 114th Congress, Bucshon will serve on the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  The 8th District of Indiana includes all or parts of Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warrick counties. 

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Dr. Bucshon Responds to President’s SOTU

2015/01/21

(WASHINGTON, DC) –Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. released the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address to the nation:

 “We all learned at a young age that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Yet, the President announced tonight a plan filled with more tax increases to pay for even more spending and growth of the federal government. At the same time, he failed to offer a plan to reduce the mountain of debt that has been placed on the backs of future generations. This speech completely missed the mark. Wages for low- and middle- class families have declined, while prices at home are on the rise. The American people just want a break, but unfortunately, we heard the same stale, divisive rhetoric from President Obama. 

“We have a real opportunity to work together on permanent solutions that will give those who need it a hand up. We can invest in our nation’s greatest asset, our people, not in government bureaucracy.  That means a pro-family tax code that is fair for everyone and helps make America more competitive abroad; an all-of-the-above energy plan that secures American energy independence and lowers energy prices; a healthcare system where every American can see the doctor of their choice at a price they can afford; and America where our citizens are safe at home and abroad.

“We are the greatest country the world has known and there isn’t a challenge we face that is too big or too great.  I’m hopeful the President will break from his rhetoric tonight and put forth a good-faith effort to work with his party and Republicans in Congress to get American back on track.”

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Dr. Bucshon Votes to Fund DHS, Defund President’s Executive Action

2015/01/14

(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Wednesday, Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. voted for and the House passed H.R. 240, the FY15 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill, which fully funds the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through September 30, 2015 and defunds President Obama’s unconstitutional executive actions on immigration.

Dr. Bucshon released the following statement after H.R. 240 passed the House:

“The United States is and will continue to be a nation of immigrants. It’s our tradition.  It’s the foundation that helped mold who we are today.  And we are continuing that tradition – the U.S. has more people immigrate legally to our country annually than any other country in the world.

“At the same time, we are and will continue to be a nation that respects the rule of law. This is what separates us from so many other nations. The Constitution has been our guiding document and every elected federal official has sworn an oath to uphold it at all times, not just when it is convenient.

“The immigration challenges we face are many.  That’s why I support reform of our legal immigration laws; however, we must start by securing our borders and enforcing our current laws. Unfortunately, President Obama's administration has ignored these important first steps and has attempted to legislate unconstitutionally through executive fiat, ignoring the will of the American people as well as the separation of powers written in the Constitution.  In fact, the President has argued over 20 times that he could not act alone on immigration, but did so anyway.

“The DHS appropriations bill fully funds the department, making sure they continue to have the resources needed to protect our citizens at home and abroad. In addition, with the added amendments, the bill reestablishes the Constitutional roles of Congress to write laws and the President to enforce them.

“We can find common ground on these challenges so long as the administration and Senate Democrats are willing to work on strategic solutions that reform our broken immigration system. We can begin with passing legislation that protects American workers here at home, secures our borders, bolsters immigration and customs enforcement, and modernizes our legal immigration system for the 21st century.”

BACKGROUND:

The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, became law on December 16, 2014. It fully funds 11 of the 12 regular Appropriations bill through September 30, 2015 and funds the Department of Homeland Security under a Continuing Resolution (CR) until February 27, 2015. 

H.R. 240, the FY15 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill, will fund the Department of Homeland Security at $39.7 billion in discretionary funding through September 30, 2015. This funding level is $400 million over FY14 and ensures our nation's security needs are met while maintaining fiscal discipline.

Highlights:

  • Prioritizes funding for border security with additional funds to prevent cuts to border patrol agents, provides additional funds for border fencing, infrastructure and technology, and maintains constant air, sea, and land surveillance.
  • Increases funding for immigration enforcement to address the surge of unaccompanied children crossing the border with additional staffing and detention beds.
  • Deters future illegal migration, facilitates removal, fully funds E-Verify, and combats human trafficking, drug smuggling, and gang activity.
  • Maintains TSA priorities for passenger and cargo security and reforms passenger screening options through risk-based screening and privatized screening.
  • Prevents cuts to the U.S. Coast Guard and ensures the acquisition of a USCG National Security Cutter and additional aircraft and vessels to fulfill mission requirements provides necessary funds for FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund and first responder grants. 

Important amendments to H.R. 240 supported by Dr. Bucshon:

An amendment offered by Reps. Aderholt, Mulvaney, and Barletta that:

  • Prevents any funds from being used to carry-out the Executive actions announced on November 20, 2014 to grant deferred action to certain people who are in the United States illegally.
  • Declares that no funds may be used to carry-out any substantially similar policies to those defunded.
  • Declares that the policies defunded and any substantially similar policies have no statutory or constitutional basis and therefore no legal effect.

An amendment offered by Rep. Blackburn that:

  • Provides that no funds may be used to consider new, renewal, or previously denied DACA applications. 

An amendment offered by Reps. DeSantis and Roby that:

  • Requires that DHS treat any person in the United States illegally convicted of any offense involving domestic violence, sexual abuse, child molestation, or child abuse or exploitation be subject to DHS’s highest civil immigration enforcement.

An amendment offered by Reps. Salmon and Thompson (PA) that:

  • Provides a sense of Congress that the Executive Branch should not pursue policies that disadvantage the hiring of U.S. citizens and those lawfully present in the United States by making it economically advantageous to hire workers who came to the country illegally.

An amendment by Rep. Schock that:

  • Provides a sense of Congress that the Administration should stop putting the interest of immigrants who worked within the legal framework to come to the US behind those who came here illegally.
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Dr. Bucshon Votes to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

2015/01/09

(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Friday, Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. voted for and the House passed H.R. 3, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, which will approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Dr. Bucshon released the following statement after H.R. 3 passed the House:

“The Keystone XL pipeline is the most studied pipeline in American history,” said Bucshon. “After 6 years and 22,000 pages of review, the President’s own State Department tells us that construction of this pipeline will support over 42,000 good-paying jobs and do nothing to harm the environment. And, pipelines have been shown to be the safest way to transport oil! This pro-jobs, pro-energy, pro-national security project has bipartisan, wide-spread support from Democrats, Republicans, industry leaders, and labor alike. Just today, a Nebraska Supreme Court ruling upheld the route of the Keystone pipeline, clearing a roadblock the President has repeatedly used to stonewall the project. I look forward to this bill passing the Senate and making its way to President Obama’s desk.”

Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), H.R. 3 passed with a bipartisan vote of 266 to 153.  More information on the bill can be found here and letters of support can be found here.

Congressman Larry Bucshon, a physician from Southern Indiana, is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Indiana’s 8th Congressional District. Bucshon sits on the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  The 8th District includes all or parts of Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warrick counties. 

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Dr. Bucshon Votes to Restore 40 Hour Work week

2015/01/08

Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. voted for H.R. 30, the Save American Workers (SAW) Act, which passed the House of Representatives Thursday. This bipartisan bill returns the American work week to forty hours from the Affordable Care Act’s definition of full-time employment as thirty hours per week. This commonsense change will help low- and middle-class Hoosiers maintain the hours and wages they depend on and will eliminate an unnecessary tax burden on small businesses.

Dr. Bucshon released the following statement after H.R. 30 passed the House:

“The Save American Workers Act puts an end to the Affordable Care Act’s arbitrary and destructive 30-hour work week rule that has forced full-time employees to take part-time work,” said Bucshon. “I’ve heard from school corporations, local municipalities, and hourly wage earners throughout the Eighth District that this law is costing Hoosiers the wages they rely on to support their family, invest in their community, and save for the future. I’ve always said that this law is fundamentally flawed and cannot be fixed.  However, we need to take action now, where we have the opportunity, to protect the American people from its harmful effects while we work to implement real, patient-centered reforms that ensure everyone has access to quality, affordable care. I want to thank Rep. Todd Young for his dedication and leadership on this issue on behalf of Indiana and our country. I’m proud to again support this bipartisan, commonsense effort to give hardworking employees a fair shot.”

Sponsored by Representatives Todd Young (R-IN) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL), H.R. 30 originally passed the House in April of 2014 with Dr. Bucshon as a cosponsor but did not move forward in the Senate. The SAW Act will now return to the Senate and may be considered in the new Congress.

The bill passed with a bipartisan vote of 252 to 172.  More information on the bill can be found here.

Congressman Larry Bucshon, a physician from Southern Indiana, is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Indiana’s 8th Congressional District. Bucshon sits on the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  The 8th District includes all or parts of Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warrick counties. 

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Dr. Bucshon’s Statement on 114th Congress

2015/01/06

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. released the following statement after taking his official oath of office as U.S. Representative for Indiana’s 8th Congressional District. 

Dr. Bucshon stated:

“I’m honored to be sworn in as a member of the 114th Congress to represent the 8th District of Indiana,” said Bucshon. “The new year presents a new opportunity to build on our accomplishments of the past few years and move forward good, conservative policy. The American people spoke loud and clear by expanding our Republican majority in the House and electing a Republican majority in the Senate because they are tired of inaction. I’m ready to work to promote the priorities of hardworking Americans – lower costs at home, more take-home pay, expanded choice and opportunity, and a stronger America abroad.”

BACKGROUND:  

Congressman Larry Bucshon, a physician from Southern Indiana, is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the 114th Congress, Bucshon will serve on the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce. 

The 8th District of Indiana includes all or parts of Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warrick counties. 

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Larry Bucshon (pronounced:  “Boo-shon”) was born on May 31, 1962 and raised in Kincaid, Illinois, a small town of 1400 people in central Illinois. His life was shaped by this small town upbringing by two hard working parents. Larry’s father was an underground coal miner and his mother was a nurse. Both are now retired and still live in Kincaid.

Larry attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and, upon receiving his bachelor’s degree, attended medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Following medical school Larry completed a residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he served as chief resident in surgery, and then remained there to complete a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery. During this time he also enlisted with the United States Navy Reserve and served for almost a decade. During his residency Larry met his wife Kathryn, who is also a physician and a practicing anesthesiologist in Evansville.

Prior to being elected to Congress, Larry spent his life specializing in cardiothoracic surgery and has performed hundreds of heart surgeries and also served as President of Ohio Valley HeartCare. Larry’s outstanding work and leadership in this field led to him being honored as the St. Mary’s Medical Staff Physician of the Year in 2007. Larry also served as Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Medical Director of the open heart recovery intensive care unit at St. Mary’s Hospital. He is board certified in Cardiothoracic Surgery by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Larry and his wife Kathryn reside in Warrick County with their four children and attend Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Evansville.


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