Larry Bucshon

Larry Bucshon

INDIANA's 8th DISTRICT

Dr. Bucshon Applauds Bipartisan Medicare Fix

2015/03/26

(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Thursday, the House approved H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. H.R. 2 replaces Medicare’s flawed physician payment formula, the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) with bipartisan, bicameral reforms that help protect the Medicare promise. This unprecedented effort removes the imminent threat of draconian cuts to Medicare providers and moves Medicare away from a volume-based system towards one that rewards value, improving the quality of care for seniors.

Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) released the following statement regarding passage of H.R. 2:

“Today’s vote was an unprecedented victory for America’s seniors, children, and their families.  After years of flawed Medicare policy, we are finally creating a stable system that ensures Medicare patients will have access to their doctors while protecting the Medicare promise for future generations. Gone are the days of uncertainty for physicians and their patients. With this bipartisan compromise we’ve demonstrated how Washington, D.C. can work together to improve the lives of the American people.

“As one of a small number of physicians in Congress, I’m happy to have played a part in putting an end to this flawed policy.  In addition, I was able to work with my democratic colleague and fellow physician Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA) to include a provision that eliminated a CMS policy that would have resulted in a dramatic increase in the out-of-pocket costs for seniors. I’m proud of our bipartisan work on this important issue and I thank my colleagues for joining with us to get this done.

“I congratulate Speaker Boehner, Minority Leader Pelosi, Chairman Upton, Ranking Member Pallone, and Chairman Pitts for all their commitment to ending SGR.”  

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) highlighted Dr. Bucshon’s work on H.R. 2 stating:

"We are saying goodbye to the SGR thanks, in large part, to the diligent efforts of Dr. Bucshon and his physician colleagues in the Doctor's Caucus. They know better than anyone the importance of eliminating this repeated threat and establishing a fair and stable system for Medicare payments. We can all be proud of the bipartisan effort by the House today." 

H.R. 2 passed with a strong bipartisan vote of 392 to 37. A section by section analysis of the bill is available here.

On Wednesday, Dr. Bucshon and Rep. Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) authored an op-ed in The Hill offering a physician’s perspective on the importance of H.R. 2. The physician lawmakers wrote: We know what it’s really like in the exam room, and the real consequences that inadequate and uncertain Medicare payments have on patient care. Our seniors and their physicians should not have to continue to bear the consequences of Congress’ failure to fix a problem Congress created. This time we can’t let politics get in the way of progress. With 49 million patients enrolled in Medicare and another 10,000 baby-boomers aging in each day, we have a responsibility to seize this historic occasion to pass a bipartisan SGR repeal and to right the Medicare system once and for all.”

BACKGROUND:

The SGR formula was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Clinton in 1997 to control Medicare spending. The flawed Medicare formula has proven over time to be ineffective and put seniors’ access to physicians at risk. The SGR policy flaws have compelled Congress to override the formula-driven cuts for more than a decade.  In fact, since 2003, Congress has spent nearly $170 billion in short-term patches to avoid these unsustainable cuts.  The most recent patch will expire on March 31, 2015.  H.R. 2 repeals the SGR, averting a 21 percent SGR-induced cut scheduled for April 1, 2015.

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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VIDEO: Dr. Bucshon Urges Colleagues to Protect Medicare

2015/03/26

(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Thursday, Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. spoke on the House floor urging his colleagues to support H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. H.R. 2 replaces Medicare’s flawed physician payment formula, the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) with bipartisan, bicameral reforms that help protect the Medicare promise. This unprecedented effort removes the imminent threat of draconian cuts to Medicare providers and moves Medicare away from a volume-based system towards one that rewards value, improving the quality of care for seniors. A section by section analysis of the bill is available here.

 

The transcript of Dr. Bucshon’s remarks is available below and video is available online here.

“Mr. Speaker today is a great day for America’s seniors.

“After years of flawed Medicare policy, we are finally creating a stable system that ensures Medicare patients will have access to their doctors.

“This new policy will move our Medicare system to one that is based on quality of care that is provided to our nation’s seniors.

 “In fact, for the first time in decades, we actually achieve real, structural reforms in the program that will help save this critical program for future seniors.

“I would also like to highlight that this legislation repeals CMS’s flawed policy to eliminate bundled surgical payments.

“Eliminating surgical payment bundles would force doctors to spend more time billing CMS that could be used caring for patients.

“I would like to thank Chairman Pitts and I would also like to congratulate Speaker Boehner, Minority Leader Pelosi, Chairman Upton and Ranking Member Pallone for putting politics aside and putting America’s seniors first.

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’s Statement on Senator Coats

2015/03/24

Eighth District Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. released the following statement regarding Senator Dan Coats’ decision to not seek reelection.  

“Senator Dan Coats is a true public servant who’s made a tremendous impact on our state and our country. He’s been a great partner in the Senate and an example of a principled, conservative leader. I am truly grateful for his counsel over the past few years. I look forward to working with him as he finishes his term and wish him and Marsha all the best in their future endeavors.”

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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ICYMI - BUCSHON & BROWN: Other states should follow Hoosier health plan

2015/03/16

 

COMMENTARY: Other states should follow Hoosier health plan

By: Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) and State Representative Tim Brown, M.D. (HD-41)March 15, 2015

Following our statewide "Hoosier Healthcare Tour" last year, we made the case for why Indiana's consumer-driven Medicaid replacement program, Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 was best suited to help Hoosiers in need.

Since then, the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington made concessions to approve Indiana's request to end traditional Medicaid and use HIP 2.0 as a vehicle to cover 350,000 uninsured Hoosiers.

Make no mistake, this is an unprecedented victory for the health and prosperity of Hoosiers and for conservative health care policy solutions in the age of the Affordable Care Act.

Thanks to the leadership of Gov. Mike Pence, Indiana has demonstrated that states are better suited to care for their most vulnerable citizens than an increasingly inefficient, ineffective federal bureaucracy when they are granted the proper flexibility.

While some have advocated for the big-government expansion of traditional Medicaid, in Indiana we've taken a different path — one that focuses on consumer-driven health care and health savings accounts that empower patients.

In 1965, the Medicaid program was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson with the noble goal of casting an important safety net for Americans who could not afford basic medical care. The program was a critical step forward to ensure the most vulnerable among us receive they care they need.

Unfortunately, 50 years later this program is failing the patients it was intended to help.

Many Medicaid patients rely on the emergency room for primary care, the program is going broke, and patients' access to their physicians is being limited. In fact, statistics show that patients enrolled in Medicaid may actually be worse off than their uninsured counterparts.

Because of this reality, we believe those who truly care for the well-being of their fellow citizens ought not settle for the expansion of this broken, failing program because it has become a barrier to quality care.

Instead, this important safety net must be reformed and strengthened through the states, not through a one-size-fits-all federal approach.

Thankfully, Indiana is leading the way with a common-sense prescription that conservatives have championed for decades — the idea that the federal government should provide block grant funding to the states so they can innovate and develop a program specific to their own state's needs.

Over 60,000 Hoosiers were enrolled in the HIP pilot program which boasts a 98 percent approval rating and led to an almost 11 percent reduction in health care costs annually.

HIP 2.0 builds on this record of success.

It ends traditional Medicaid, is fiscally responsible, and puts the patient in the driver's seat, not government.

The plan is budget neutral, requiring no new taxes and no new spending from the general fund. More importantly, it helps reduce excess, unnecessary costs in the health care system which helps to lower the amount expended on health care annually.

HIP 2.0 is built on self-reliance and personal responsibility instead of heavy-handed government mandates because we trust that patients and their doctors make better decisions than government bureaucrats.

In fact, the data shows us that the best care is delivered through a system where patients have a personal financial stake in their choices and where decisions are made by the patient, their family, and their physician.

Furthermore, by incentivizing preventive health care, the plan gives patients the tools they need to live happier, healthier lives.

We were happy to see Gov. Pence highlight the merits of HIP 2.0 during his recent speech to conservatives from across the country at the Conservative Political Action Conference because this is good, sound conservative policy. And these ideas aren't new, nor are they complicated.

We firmly believe that the Affordable Care Act is the wrong approach to health care reform and must be replaced with patient-centered reforms that ensure every American has access to quality, affordable care.

One just needs look to the King v. Burwell case before Supreme Court to see that the law was poorly written and has put the well-being of millions of Americans at risk. As conservatives, it's imperative that we be solutions oriented to provide Americans the security that comes with a working health care system centered on their needs, instead of Washington mandates.

HIP 2.0 represents the success our conservative ideas can have when the federal government allows states to be innovative with Medicaid funding through block grants.

This common-sense idea should be an integral part of federal health care policy as we move forward.

In our diagnosis, we believe other states would be wise to follow the Hoosier success story.

Larry Bucshon, a cardiothoracic surgeon and member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is serving his third term in Congress representing Indiana's 8th District. Tim Brown, a former emergency room physician, has served in the General Assembly since 1994. He currently represents House District 41.

http://www.courierpress.com/opinion/columnists/commentary-other-states-should-follow-hoosier-health-plan_98831026

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Dr. Bucshon to Hold U.S. Service Academy Day

2015/03/16

(EVANSVILLE, IN) – Eighth District Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) will hold an informational session for all high school students interested in applying to one of the U.S. Service Academies on Saturday, April 18th, 2015.

Who: Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08)What: U.S. Service Academy DayWhen: Saturday, April 18th, 2015 - 9:00am to 11:00am CDT (Registration begins at 8:30am CDT)Where: VU Gibson County Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Logistics - 8100 South U.S. Highway 41 Fort Branch, Indiana 47648

The event will offer 8th District high school students the opportunity to learn more about the United States Service Academies, the application process, congressional nominations, and the everyday life of a Service Academy Cadet. More information on the event is available by clicking here. 

Representatives from these five academies will be in attendance:

  • The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO
  • The U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT
  • The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY
  • The U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY
  • The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD

Each year, Dr. Bucshon has the privilege of nominating a limited number of high school students to attend four of the five service academies. The application process for a congressional nomination from Bucshon’s office for the class of 2020 will extend from March 1, 2015 until October, 1 2015.

For more information on the application process, students can visit - http://bucshon.house.gov/serving-you/military-academy-nominations or contact Samantha in Congressman Bucshon’s Evansville District Office at 812-465-6484.

 

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Dr. Bucshon & Senator Coats to Host Evansville Job Fair

2015/03/16

(EVANSVILLE, IN) – Eighth District Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. will host an Evansville Job Fair with U.S. Senator Dan Coats in coordination with the City of Evansville, WorkOne Southwest Indiana, and the Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, April 1.  The event, which will be held at the CK Newsome Center, will provide job seekers the opportunity to meet with employers that are hiring in Evansville and the surrounding area and is open to the public.

The first hour of the event (1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. CT) will be reserved for veterans of the U.S. Armed Services who wish to interact with employers.  The general public may attend the job fair beginning at 2:00 P.M. CT.

Dr. Bucshon and Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke are expected to offer remarks at 2:00 P.M. CT. A member of Senator Coats’ staff will also be present.

WHO:                  Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08)                            Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke

WHAT:                Evansville Job Fair

WHEN:                Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 from 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. CT

WHERE:             CK Newsome Center - 100 Walnut Street Evansville, IN 47711

Over 350 Evansville area employers were invited to attend from a vast array of industries.

Employers who wish to participate in the event can register by filling out the employer registration form at http://bucshon.house.gov/job-fair-registration.

More information on the Evansville Job Fair can be found at http://bucshon.house.gov/event/evansville-job-fair.

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Dr. Bucshon Announces 2015 Congressional Art Competition

2015/03/10

(Evansville, IN) – Today, Representative Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) announced his 2015 8th District Congressional Art Competition open to all students currently enrolled in a high school located in the 8th District.

Bucshon holds the 8th District Congressional Art Competition every year, in concert with Representatives nation-wide, to recognize and encourage the artistic talent of high school students.

Participants must submit two-dimensional artwork up to 28 inches by 28 inches by 4 inches (including the frame) that weighs no more than 15 pounds. 

All submissions must be delivered to one of Bucshon’s district offices by Friday, April 25th.  Following the submission deadline, all submitted artwork will be displayed for public viewing during a Gallery Show at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana where an expert panel will select a winner.

The winner will be announced by Bucshon and the expert panel on May 4, 2015. His or her artwork will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol alongside artwork from other contest winners nation-wide. 

The winner will also receive two free roundtrip airline tickets to Washington, D.C., a gift card for a hotel, a tour of the U.S. Capitol, and an invitation to the Congressional awards ceremony.  At the end of the year, the winning artwork will be returned to the student.

Competition information, rules, checklist, and release form are available at http://bucshon.house.gov/serving-you/art-competition.  In addition, art teachers at the 8th District high schools have been sent packets of information to help students along the process.

Students may also contact Samantha in Bucshon’s Evansville District Office at 812-465-6484 for more information.

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2015 U.S. Service Academy Day

2015/03/06

Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. is holding a U.S. Service Academy Day open to all 8th District high school students on Saturday, April 18th, 2015. 

The Academy Day will offer high school students the opportunity to learn more about the United States Service Academies, the application process, congressional nominations, and the everyday life of a Service Academy Cadet. 

Representatives have been invited from: 

- The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO

- The U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT

- The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY

- The U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY

- The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD

For more information or to RSVP, students can visit my website or contact Samantha in the Evansville District Office at 812-465-6484.

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2015 Evansville Job Fair

2015/03/06

Hosted by: U.S. Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. & U.S. Senator Dan Coats in coordination with the City of Evansville, WorkOne Southwest Indiana, and the Southwest Indiana Chamber

When:              April 1st, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM CDTWhere:             CK Newsome Community Center  – 100 Walnut Street, Evansville, IN 47713

Please Note:  There is no charge for participating in this event. 

Employer Setup is from 11:00 PM to 1:00 PM CDT the day of the event.

Congressman Bucshon and Mayor Winnecke will be addressing both job seekers and employers at 2:00 pm CT

Free Parking for both employers and job seekers will be available in the parking lot adjacent to the C.K. Newsome Community Center located behind the Civic Center. 

*Employers can register for the jobs fair by filling out the Job Fair Registration Form located here - bucshon.house.gov/job-fair-registration

**For more information, please contact Erin Pugh at 812-232-0523 or at erin.pugh@mail.house.gov.

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Dr. Bucshon Thanks HHS Secretary for HIP 2.0 Approval

2015/02/26

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Eighth District Congressman, Larry Bucshon, M.D., thanked Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell for working with Governor Mike Pence to approve Indiana’s state-based, consumer-driven Medicaid replacement program, Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) 2.0.

The transcript of Dr. Bucshon’s remarks is available below and video is available online here.

“I want to thank you for working with Governor Mike Pence of Indiana on Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0.

“[HIP 2.0] will help to cover 350,000 low-income Hoosiers in a state-based program that, I think, has been shown historically to not only save money, but is very popular with the enrollees.

“So thank you very much for that work.”

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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Committee Assignments

Energy and Commerce

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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