Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, issued the following statement in response to the release of the Independence at Home program’s year 2 performance data by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today.
“I am pleased to see that the second year performance data for the Independence at Home program continues to demonstrate its value in delivering high quality care to Medicare patients in the home, while generating significant savings for taxpayers. I worked hard with my counterparts in the House and Senate to ensure that this program would remain available to high-risk Medicare beneficiaries through 2017. I remain committed to the sustained success of the IAH program to guarantee that Medicare beneficiaries continue to receive valuable and cost-effective benefits.”
More information on the recent data from CMS here.
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, issued the following statement in response to the calls for the Senate to return to secure Zika funding that the House of Representatives passed back in June.
“For months now Senate Democrats and the Obama Administration have been stressing the dire threat Zika poses to the United States. And in return, their response was to vote down funding for their own priority that was already passed by the House. Actions speak louder than words. The combined actions of Senate Democrats and the Obama Administration make it difficult to see their actions as anything other than political gamesmanship.
“Now this alarming virus has infected over 40 of our U.S. military service members and nearly 6,000 Americans in U.S. states and territories. It’s time for the Senate to act to secure the funding that the House of Representatives passed back in June to combat Zika before this public health crisis spirals any further out of control.”
McAllen, TX – Yesterday Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade visited the Rio Grande Valley’s first central processing center for unaccompanied alien children (UAC) that have entered into the U.S. illegally. The purpose of his visit was to see the current state of the unaccompanied minor crisis at the border.
Congressman Burgess was briefed by leadership at the Rio Grande Valley’s Centralized Processing Center on the process by which unaccompanied alien children are processed from apprehension to intake and then to ultimate transition out of the facility.
Additionally, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) informed Dr. Burgess of the health screening policies, including protocols and procedures followed for children at risk of or diagnosed with an infectious disease. Dr. Burgess was also updated on the protocols and procedures to identify victims of trafficking, and physical or sexual abuse, as well as the capacity of the facilities to accommodate over 20,000 children crossing the border.
“Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors continue to cross the Texas border illegally from Mexico every year. While the number does fluctuate the crisis remains unabated for the last 2 years,” said Burgess. “It is clear that there is a significant amount of work to be done here. Thank you to the staff from the RGV Centralized Processing Center, ORR and HHS for taking the time to show me around the facilities.
“Yesterday’s visit has only reaffirmed my commitment to protecting and strengthening our borders. While on my tour, I witnessed six individuals, including a 3 month old infant, be apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol guardsmen while trying to enter the U.S. illegally.
“I continue to call on the President to visit the border and see for himself the challenges of the ever changing region. You simply cannot grasp the magnitude of the problem in the lower Rio Grande valley sector unless you can see it for yourself. This must be a priority for the man tasked with shaping the United States’ immigration policy.”
The Rio Grande Valley’s Centralized Processing Center was opened in July 2014 as a central place to house unaccompanied alien children (UAC) and eliminate overcrowding at the Border Patrol McAllen Station.
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, issued the following statement in response to the ambush in downtown Dallas that left four Dallas Police officers and one DART officer dead and seven injured.
“Words cannot begin to describe my sorrow for the devastation that Dallas experienced last night. Today, the city of Dallas mourns the five precious lives that were lost in an act of senseless violence. This is not the way to move our country forward.
“Our Dallas heroes in blue reported for duty last night, as they do every night, selflessly putting their lives on the line in the face of unimaginable danger to protect their communities and fellow citizens.
“This brave profession falls under harsh scrutiny on a daily basis. It is important that we recognize the sacrifices of these men and women and their critical role in protecting our communities.
“Today, we mourn together for the great loss of not only the Dallas Police Department, but also the city of Dallas as a whole.
“At this time, our nation’s police force requires the support of all Americans in their mission to protect and serve. Today, not only are we all Americans, we are all Texans.”
“Our nation’s veterans have honorably served our country to preserve our freedom, and it is because of their service that we enjoy all the liberties we are afforded,” said Dr. Burgess. “These brave men and women deserve our thanks and praise, and I am proud to recognize the veterans in Texas’ 26th Congressional District and honor their service through the 2016 Congressional Veteran Commendation.”
To nominate a veteran for the 26th Congressional District Veteran Commendation, please fill out the nomination form, which can be found on Congressman Burgess’ website at http://burgess.house.gov. The deadline for submitting nominations is September 19, 2016. The completed nomination form, along with any additional information pertaining to the veteran's service, should be submitted to Congressman Burgess’ Lake Dallas office.
To be eligible for nomination, veterans must be currently residing in the 26th District of Texas, have served the nation honorably during their military career, and subsequently demonstrated dedication to their community.
Those individuals selected to receive the Congressional Veteran Commendation will be recognized and honored at the annual “Salute Our Veterans” luncheon sponsored by the Highland Village Business Association on November 10, 2016.
An in-depth interview will be conducted with commendees and that interview will be forwarded to the Veterans History Project to be added to the Library of Congress collection. For more information regarding the project, visit the Library of Congress’ website.
To obtain additional information regarding the Congressional Veteran Commendation, the Veterans History Project, nomination forms, or to confirm residency within the 26th District of Texas, please contact Congressman Burgess’ Deputy District Director, Robin Vaughan, at (940) 497-5031 or visit Congressman Burgess’ website.
LEWISVILLE, TX— Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt, which strikes down the Texas law that would provide essential protections for women’s health.
“I am disheartened and disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Texas law establishing reasonable and essential protections for the health and safety of women. This decision will allow abortion facilities to continue conducting medical procedures without common-sense quality standards. It is disgraceful that following the horrifying conditions of Pennsylvania abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s clinic and resulting murder conviction, the Supreme Court wouldn’t allow the state of Texas to take the critical steps to ensure women are receiving safe and appropriate care.
"This is a clear instance of federal overreach that seizes the long-standing right of states to set safety standards for providing medical care to patients. As a former practicing OB-GYN, I remain committed to protecting unborn lives and quality health care and medical services for women.”
Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Michael Burgess M.D. (R-TX) and Congressman Gene Green (D-TX) introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at making health care more affordable by promoting greater transparency around the costs of health care services for patients. The Health Care Price Transparency Promotion Act of 2016 calls upon the states to establish and maintain laws requiring disclosure of information on hospital charges, to make such information available to the public, and to provide individuals with information about estimated out-of-pocket costs for health care services.
“At no point in the course of care should patients ever be left in the dark, lacking critical information to make the most informed decision about treatment options, particularly when it comes to cost. Our current health insurance system insulates patients from the true cost of health services,” said Rep. Burgess. “This legislation takes the first step towards ensuring true price transparency in the health care market.”
“The fact that patients rarely know what health care services cost until after they've received them and the wide variety in pricing, make the health care market uniquely difficult to navigate,” said Rep. Green. “Greater transparency around prices of health care services will enable patients and families to choose lower-cost, high-value care and promote competition in the market. This bill is an important first step towards empowering patients and advancing value-based care.”
Additionally, this bill calls for research on: (1) the types of cost information that individuals find useful in making decisions regarding healthcare; (2) how this useful information varies according to an individual’s health insurance coverage, and if so, by what type of coverage they have; and (3) ways that this information may be distributed in a timely and simple manner.
According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, total health care spending in the United States grew 2.9 percent in 2013 and another 5.3 percent in 2014, reaching $3.0 trillion or $9,523 per person. This is a $300 billion increase in total spending since 2011 and is projected to grow at an average rate of 5.8 percent per year. As a share of the nation's Gross Domestic Product, health spending accounts for 17.5 percent and expected to reach 19.6 percent by 2024.
The bill has the support of numerous groups including the American Hospital Association (AHA).
“We strongly support the Health Care Price Transparency Promotion Act. This legislation builds on existing state efforts, while requiring insurers to provide information on estimated out-of-pocket costs for health care services, often the most valuable information for insured patients. Patients should have all available tools to help them make important choices about their care,” said Tom Nickels, Executive Vice President of Government Relations and Public Policy at the American Hospital Association.
Denton, TX — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade today announced the Class of 2020 Service Academy Appointees from the 26th Congressional District and recognized these distinguished future military leaders. The appointees will be attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY and the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, CO.
“I am grateful that so many young North Texans have accepted this challenge to serve their country,” said Burgess. “It is an honor to be able to support these young men and women as they set out on this challenging endeavor with their admirable intent to serve our country as future officers in our nation’s armed forces. I wish them all the best of luck and know that they will make Texas’ 26th Congressional District proud.”
Students requesting appointments to the U.S. Service Academies are rigorously evaluated on a variety of criteria including academic performance, leadership qualifications and physical preparedness. Appointments to an academy must be preceded by a nomination from a Member of Congress, Academy Superintendent, the Vice President or a military connected nomination. The exception is to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where a nomination is not required for consideration, but appointments are based upon a competitive nationwide admissions process.
In 26th Congressional District of Texas, applicants also undergo a board review lead by former Air Force Academy Superintendent and Lieutenant General (USAF Ret.) Charles Hamm. Other board members include active duty Armed Forces, former service academy graduates, community leaders, and administrators from local higher education institutions.
Those students from the 26th Congressional District entering the service academies are as follows:
U.S. Military Academy (Army) - West Point, NY
Alex Albright (Copper Canyon)
Christopher Dao (Westlake)
Honor Fusselman (Trophy Club)
Andrea Karlen (Roanoke)
U.S. Naval Academy - Annapolis, MD
Nick Haslam (Roanoke)
David Shin (The Colony)
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy - Kings Point, NY
Zach Arcos-Honeycutt (Prosper)
Quinn Bauer (Lewisville)
Grant Carter (Sanger)
Connor Green (Flower Mound)
Samuel Kittlitz (Lewisville)
Gemma Nguyen (Frisco)
U.S. Air Force Academy - Colorado Springs, CO
Danesh Bam (Flower Mound)
Ben Blessing (Frisco)
Nick Blessing (Frisco)
Chandler Claterbaugh (Flower Mound)
Cody Jones (Flower Mound)
Geraud Sanders (Frisco)
Kayla Wofford (Lewisville)
Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Michael Burgess M.D. (R-TX) and Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) introduced the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act to increase patient access to best-practice specialty care through an innovative telehealth model.
This legislation would require the Government Accountability Office and the Department of Health and Human Services, in collaboration with the Health Resources and Services Administration, to examine the benefits of integrating the Project ECHO model into local health systems across the country.
Project ECHO, first started at the University of New Mexico in 2003, is a continuing medical education model that uses technology, such as interactive videoconferencing, to connect specialist physicians with primary care providers in rural or hard-to-reach regions. This guided practice model has proven overwhelmingly successful in growing workforce capacity to provide best-practice specialty care and reduce health disparities.
“As a former practicing physician, I believe that patients should not have to compromise access to quality specialty and primary care based on their location in the country. The most efficient and effective way to ensure widespread access to care is by harnessing models that have proven successful during implementation on a smaller scale, like that of Project ECHO,” said Burgess. “I look forward to working with Representative Matsui to strengthen the collaboration between specialty care doctors and primary care doctors to help them better serve their communities.”
“Through the ECHO Model, both patients and providers benefit from a more efficient health IT ecosystem,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “The model breaks down barriers in access to specialty care by increasing provider education and bolstering the workforce in underserved areas. In my district, we are seeing the promise of health IT with projects like the UC Davis ECHO Pain Management program, which uses video mentoring to support community primary care clinicians. The ECHO Act would maximize the opportunities of technology in a way that truly transforms our healthcare landscape. I look forward to continued collaboration with Congressman Burgess on advancing this important legislation.”
The bill has support from numerous groups including the American Medical Association (AMA) and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC).
“This legislation is noteworthy because it builds bridges in areas needing them. First, Project ECHO is bridging geographic divides to connect physicians and experts with patients in underserved, rural areas. Using new technologies, Project ECHO has potential to bolster access to specialists, reduce incidence of chronic disease, and rein in costs through reduced travel and fewer ER visits. This legislation would provide policymakers with critical information to expand such models to improve clinical practice. Second, it is an example of building bridges in Congress. This type of bipartisan, practical legislation is Congress at its best,” said Dr. Barbara McAneny, immediate past chair of the American Medical Association. “Finally, as Project ECHO is now working, it emphasizes collaboration between the local university and the local medical community, replacing competition for patients with an approach that focuses on convenience and access.”
“The Project ECHO model, which connects primary care providers to specialists, allows health center providers to develop the expertise to manage and meet the complex needs of patients within their own health center. This is especially important for health centers in rural areas, which often have less access to specialty providers and higher incidence of chronic diseases. Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Burgess and Representative Matsui, the Expanding Connectivity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act, which studies the use of collaborative learning models, like Project ECHO, will provide needed information to further expand the integration of this innovative model and, in doing so, enhance patient access to quality care,” said Dan Hawkins, Senior VP, Public Policy and Research, National Association of Community Health Centers.
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After spending nearly three decades practicing medicine in North Texas I have served the constituents of the 26th District since 2003 in the United States House of Representatives.
I currently serve on the prestigious House Energy and Commerce Committee and in the 113th Congress, 2013 and 2014, will serve as the Vice Chairman of both the Subcommittee on Health and the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, and as a member of the Energy and Power Subcommittee. In addition, I am a member of the Rules Committee and the Helsinki Commission. In 2009, I founded, and currently serve as Co-Chair of the Congressional Health Caucus.
Because of my medical background, I have been a strong advocate for health care legislation aimed at reducing health care costs, improving choices, reforming liability laws to put the needs of patients first, and ensuring there are enough doctors in the public and private sector to care for America’s patients and veterans. I have played an important role in bipartisan efforts to ensure the safety of food, drugs, and consumer products, and have introduced legislation to strengthen our ability to stop dangerous products from coming into the country.
As a Member of Congress representing one of the fastest growing areas of the country, transportation is also a top priority. In 2005, I successfully amended the Highway Bill to include development credits, design-build, and environmental streamlining. During my time on Capitol Hill, I have worked to build, maintain, and improve the safety of our roads, bridges, air service, and transit in the North Texas region.
A fiscal conservative, I believe Americans deserve a federal government that is more efficient, effective, less costly, and always transparent. I follow a strict adherence to the Constitution, and oppose unnecessary expansion of the federal government’s control over Americans’ personal freedoms. Instead, I believe in giving people more control over their lives and their money.
During my time on Capitol Hill, I have earned a reputation as a problem-solver who seeks sensible solutions to the challenges Americans face and have received several awards including: the Guardian of Small Business award by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB); the Spirit of Enterprise award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and the Taxpayer Hero award from the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste; among others.
Today, I represent the majority of Denton County, and parts of Dallas County and Tarrant County. I was raised in Denton, and attended The Selwyn School, graduating in 1968 as valedictorian. In addition, I graduated with both an undergraduate and a master’s degree from North Texas State University, now the University of North Texas.
I received my M.D. from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, and completed my residency programs at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. I also received a master’s degree in Medical Management from the University of Texas at Dallas, and in May of 2009 was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Public Service from the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center.
My wife, Laura, and I have been married for 39 years. We have three children and two grandsons.
This morning I attended the Flower Mound Economic Forum to discuss the work that the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce,
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