Michael Burgess

Michael Burgess


Burgess leads coalition to strengthen Medicare, urges Senate action


Today, Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., oversaw the passage of his bill, H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, to repeal the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and replace it with a long-term sustainable plan. The agreement marks a critical advancement for entitlement reform, and is the result of intricate – long fought – efforts to promote higher quality care and access for seniors.

“This is the first step toward real, meaningful, entitlement reform,” Burgess said. “I have worked my entire congressional career to address this problem and, after years of uneven progress, we have finally taken this opportunity to do what is right for seniors, providers, and the American taxpayer.

“We just accomplished the unprecedented. Now, it’s time for the Senate to take action. I am optimistic that the Senate will see today’s work as a bellwether to prioritize this critical legislation and send it to the White House to be signed into law.”

Background: H.R. 2 repeals the fundamentally flawed SGR formula, which has forced 17 short-term costly patches over the past decade in order to prevent devastating Medicare reimbursement rate cuts. The formula will be replaced with a system focused on quality care and accountability. The plan will:

• Repeal the SGR and end the annual threat to seniors’ care, while instituting a 0.5% payment update each year for five years.
• Improve the fee-for-service system by streamlining Medicare’s existing web of quality programs into one value-based performance program. It increases payment accuracy and encourages physicians to adopt proven practices.
• Incentivize the use of alternative payment models to encourage doctors and providers to focus more on coordination and prevention to improve quality and reduce costs.
• Make Medicare more transparent by giving patients more access to information and supplying doctors with data they can use to improve care.

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Burgess Opening Statement: Data Security and Breach Notification Act


Good morning and welcome to the Subcommittee’s first markup of the 114th Congress. 

In January, we heard testimony about the key elements of sound data security and breach notification legislation. Last week, we heard from a wide variety of stakeholders about this discussion draft.  Now we move further into the legislative process with today’s Subcommittee markup. 

I am very pleased with the bipartisan progress shown by my colleagues, Vice Chairman of the full Committee Congressman Blackburn and Congressman Welch announcing this draft legislation.  I would also like to recognize Congressman Loebsack for joining in this effort.  This Subcommittee has a history of bipartisan cooperation demonstrated by the work Congressman Barton and Congressman Rush have also put into this issue over the years.  

Finding a workable bipartisan compromise that can become law has been elusive.  But I believe that by focusing on how the criminals make their money we can work together and achieve a workable solution for the millions of Americans impacted by identity theft and financial fraud.  

Perfect cannot be the enemy of the good.  And we must ensure that there are meaningful consumer protections in this draft.  Among them, we must protect consumers from the annul $100 billion bill they pay each year in higher fees and prices.  And cybercrime is estimated to cost Americans 508,000 jobs annually.  Oh to have a bill with so many jobs to show our constituents.  

Some folks will complain about what is not in the bill.  But we choose to learn from Congress’ failures of the last ten years.  If we want to actually pass legislation we cannot future proof this bill.  We cannot shade into areas such as privacy.  This Administration and our minority colleagues have had six years and they still can’t agree on how to address privacy. 

On the topic of privacy – let me reiterate – while we don’t tackle privacy we don’t preempt privacy either.  This bill is focused on unauthorized access that leads to identity theft and financial fraud.  It has nothing to do with permitted access, or when that permission can be given, or what data can be collected. 

I look forward to continuing the bipartisan and good faith negotiations with all interested stakeholders.  Our doors remain open.  We will have a full-committee mark-up and I hope that some Members will hold their issues until then so that we can work to address as many concerns as possible and achieve as broad a compromise as possible. 
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Burgess applauds House solidarity with Ukraine


After the U.S. House of Representatives called on President Obama to provide Ukraine with military assistance yesterday, Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., issued the following statement: 

"The sovereignty of Ukraine must be defended for the for the territorial integrity of the region." Burgess said. "Let today's vote be a signal to the Russian Federation that their unprovoked and senseless aggression against the Ukrainian people must cease."  Read More

Burgess introduces bill to repeal SGR formula, preserve Medicare integrity



Congressman Michael C. Burgess today, introduced H.R. 1470, the “SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2015,” which repeals the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and replaces it with a long-term sustainable plan.  The bipartisan bill is an important advancement in long-fought efforts to comprehensively reform the Medicare system in order to promote higher quality care for seniors, physicians, and providers.

The legislation will prevent harmful cuts to Medicare providers that threaten seniors’ access to care. Ultimately, the agreement will preserve Medicare’s integrity by putting an end to costly year-by-year “patches,” and provide reassurance to seniors with access to quality care they deserve.

“As a doctor, I know first-hand just how destructive the SGR formula has been to America’s seniors and their providers,” Burgess said.  “Finally, after unparalleled progress in recent years, both sides of the aisle have begun to understand that the long-term solvency of our Medicare system depends on taking this fight head-on together.

“Permanently repealing the SGR puts medical experts back in charge of measuring quality care, stamps out unnecessary barriers between seniors and their doctors, and begins to address the single largest driver of our debt.  This is a clear opportunity to do what is right for the American people, and a paramount first step toward accomplishing real – meaningful – entitlement reforms.”

The bill was introduced by a bipartisan coalition consisting of Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D (R-TX), House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-PA), Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA), House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Gene Green (D-TX), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI), House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), and Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Jim McDermott (D-WA).


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Burgess, Green bills to improve trauma systems approved by House



Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., and Congressman Gene Greene’s trauma funding reauthorization bills were passed today in the U.S. House of Representatives. H.R. 647, the Improving Regulatory Transparency for New Medical Therapies Act, and H.R. 648, the Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care Reauthorizations Act, passed with strong bipartisan support.


The measures will reauthorize critical trauma and emergency preparedness grants, address shortfalls in trauma services, and work to avert further trauma center closures. Trauma can happen at any time and to anyone. It centers and systems must be available for all victims of traumatic injury. Getting a trauma victim to appropriate medical care right away is the first step in saving their life.


“We must strive for trauma patients to be treated within the “golden hour” – the crucial minutes following an accident,” Burgess said. “It is unacceptable that tens of millions of Americans and their families lack access to trauma centers in that time frame. But today, the House took an important step in providing adequate, and fully developed, service to those patients who need urgent care when the unthinkable happens.”


“Traumatic injury is the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 44, and unfortunately, our current trauma care system remains inconsistent nationwide,” Green said. “Forty-five million people still lack access to trauma care during the “golden hour” after injury occurs when their life could depend on it. These critical funds support the development of these life-saving programs so that so that all Americans can have access to trauma care when they need it.”



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Burgess Leads Bipartisan Group in Introducing Bill to Improve Access to Maternity Care


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) today led a group of bipartisan, bicameral members of Congress in introducing legislation to improve access to maternity care for patients in rural and under-served areas. 

The bill, known as the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act (H.R. 1209 and S. 628), aims to reduce professional maternity care shortages by incentivizing providers to practice in these rural areas to the tune of a $50,000 student loan repayment. In exchange, they would agree to two years of service in an area experiencing care shortages. The bill would create a maternity care health professional shortage (HPSA) designation. 

Burgess, who introduced a similar bill last year, was joined in this effort by U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WA), along with Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-CA).

The bill addresses alarming statistics, such as the fact that babies born to mothers who received no prenatal care are three times more likely to be low birth weight and are five times more likely to die than babies whose mothers received care. 

In Texas, there has been virtually no increase in the number of OB-GYNs trained since 1980, yet the population of women in the United States has increased by a quarter during that time. An alarming number of women who live in rural communities in Texas are more than 60 minutes away from a hospital offering perinatal services.

“Our bill not only takes an important step towards allowing American women and their families the access to the proper care they need, but it also includes common-sense incentives for physicians to serve these areas,” Burgess said. “As an OB-GYN, I can attest that this is the type of legislation that benefits both for the doctor and the patient – it’s a win all around.” 

"In Illinois, there is only one OB-GYN for every 3,660 women throughout the state, and many of our obstetric hospitals are understaffed," Kirk said. "Though 63 new ob-gyns are trained annually in Illinois, the number of retiring providers is just as high. This bipartisan legislation incentivizes providers to care for mothers and babies in areas where the care is most needed."

“The Improving Access to Maternity Care Act will identify areas of shortage and inadequate access to help target resources so providers can deliver the type of care that communities in Wisconsin and across our country so desperately need,” Baldwin said. “I’m proud to join this bipartisan effort to ensure that healthier pregnancies lead to healthier babies.”

“This bipartisan, common-sense bill will go a long way toward providing vital access to maternity care for women and their families,” Capps said. “I am proud to co-author this bill because as a nurse, I know firsthand the critical importance of providing early quality health care to expecting mothers, especially in under-served areas. Specifically, this bill will help ensure that we’re properly identifying maternal health provider shortage areas, and increasing access to high quality providers in those communities.”

“Access to quality maternal care is essential for healthy mothers and healthy babies in America. Unfortunately,in under-served parts of our country, expecting women face shortages of qualified maternity care providers, including OB-GYNs,” John C. Jennings, President of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said. “The Improving Access to Maternity Care Act will help respond to the needs of under-served American women and will bring more equality to maternal care in America.”

H.R. 1209 and S. 628 are endorsed by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). 

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Burgess Reintroduces Health Savings Accounts Legislation


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) today introduced legislation that would expand the use of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), which allow individuals to set aside funds for themselves and their families to help with the increasing cost of deductibles and out-of-pocket healthcare expenses. 

Currently, individuals are only permitted to purchase HSAs for certain insurance plans that are limited by how much one is able to contribute. Often, the limit is much lower than their deductible.

Burgess’ legislation would allow HSAs to be used more broadly, increasing patient choice in how their healthcare dollars are spent. 

“I have long been a proponent of expanding the use of HSAs, especially in light of how vastly the president’s health care law limits personal choice when it comes to paying for health care,” Burgess said. “This legislation allows individuals to use their own money more effectively and brings back an element of freedom when it comes to paying for health care.”

The bill, which is almost identical to the version Burgess introduced last Congress, would allow parents to set up HSAs for their children while allowing them to claim an after-tax deduction. It also raises the contribution limit to match the maximum out-of-pocket limit. In addition, it provides bankruptcy protections to HSAs in the same way retirement accounts are currently protected. 

“It is unfair for the federal government to further punish a person who has gone bankrupt by also taking away money he or she has carefully set aside for health care for themselves and their children,” Burgess said. “This bill is an important step in the right direction to help mitigate some of the problems that have arisen as a result of the president’s damaging health care law.”

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Burgess Responds to FCC Regulation of the Internet


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, today issued the following statement in response to the announcement from the Federal Communications Commission that it will implement regulations of the Internet:

“The Internet for decades has been an open frontier for limitless free speech, innovation, creation, business and economic growth and, importantly, immeasurable amounts of free information at our fingertips. 

“The Internet is one of the very last spaces we can access in our daily lives without the burdensome intrusion of the federal government. Because it has not been regulated until now, it has been one of the success stories of our modern time in terms of boundless freedom, opportunity, diversity and innovation. Regulation of this space by unelected Washington bureaucrats is the nail in the coffin for American ingenuity. Sadly, because of the FCC’s ruling today, it is only a matter of time when the Internet – like everything else – is no longer a story of freedom and advancement, but of big government, divisiveness, red tape and consumer frustration that does nothing to improve American competitiveness and growth.”

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Burgess, Green Bills to Improve Trauma Systems Pass Committee


WASHINGTON, D.C – Congressmen Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) and Gene Green (D-TX) today announced two of their bills to improve treatment and access to care for trauma patients were reported out of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

The bills, the Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care Reauthorization Act (H.R. 648) and the Access to Life-Saving Trauma Care for All Americans Act (H.R. 647), both address the issue of disparity within areas with access to proper trauma systems and those without, as well as closure of these systems.

H.R. 647 reauthorizes the Trauma Care Center Grants and Trauma Service Availability Grants. These programs are designed to provide grants to prevent further trauma center closures, address shortfalls in trauma services and improve access to and the availability of trauma care in underserved areas. H.R. 648 reauthorizes Trauma and Emergency Care Systems Grants. These programs are essential to ensure the coordination of trauma care delivery among trauma centers, as well as implement and evaluate innovative models of regionalized emergency care systems. 

“Following a trauma, a patient needs access to care as soon as possible – within the ‘golden hour,’” Burgess said. “But sadly, 45 million Americans lack access to a trauma center within this amount of time. As a physician, I know how important it is that we have adequate, fully developed and functional trauma systems in the U.S. To let another system atrophy and widen the disparity between areas with access to trauma systems and those without is unfair to patients who need urgent care when the unthinkable happens.”

“Reauthorization of these programs will help to prevent trauma center closures, facilitate the development of more efficient regionalized systems of care, and improve our ability to save lives,” Green said. “Trauma can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. The importance of a robust and efficient trauma care system and quality trauma centers is an issue we where we can come together to ensure that all Americans have access to care when their life depends on it.” 

This legislation has been endorsed by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Burn Association, the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American College of Surgeons, the American Trauma Society, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Association of Critical Care Transport, The American Heart Association, American Stroke Association, Emergency Nurses Association, Society of Trauma Nurses, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, The Orthopedic Trauma Association and the Trauma Center Association of America.

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Texas House Republicans Joint Statement in Response to Rules Committee Exchange Between Burgess and Hastings


Washington, D.C. – Texas House Republicans, in a show of solidarity, today issued the following joint statement in response to disparaging comments about the state of Texas made Monday by Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL) to Congressman Michael Burgess (R-TX) during a House Rules Committee hearing on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act:

“Don’t mess with Texas.” 

Today’s statement, #DontMessWithTexas, was made by Congressmen Louie Gohmert, Ted Poe, Will Hurd, Sam Johnson, John Ratcliffe, Jeb Hensarling, Joe Barton, John Culberson, Kevin Brady, Michael McCaul, Michael Conaway, Mac Thornberry, Randy Weber, Bill Flores, Randy Neugebauer, Lamar Smith, Pete Olson, Kenny Marchant, Roger Williams, Blake Farenthold, Michael Burgess, John Carter, Pete Sessions, Brian Babin and Congresswoman Kay Granger. 

In addition to issuing the statement, the members also called on Congressman Hastings to apologize to the citizens of Texas for his comments, which can be found here. More information on Monday’s Rules Committee hearing may be found here

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Denton Medicare Town Hall


Medicare Town Hall Meeting Saturday, July 10, 2004 “Please join me for my town hall meeting on the improvements to Medicare and the new prescription drug benefit and ask questions about the program.” ~Rep. Michael Burgess Denton Medicare Town Hall 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Denton Senior Center Bell Avenue Read More

Lewisville Medicare Town Hall


Medicare Town Hall Meeting Saturday, July 10, 2004 “Please join me for my town hall meeting on the improvements to Medicare and the new prescription drug benefit and ask questions about the program.” ~Rep. Michael Burgess Lewisville Medicare Town Hall 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Lewisville Community Room 1197 West Main Street Read More

Trophy Club July 4th Parade


Event: Trophy Club July 4th Parade Date: Sunday, July 4, 2004 Time: 12:00 PM CST for line-up, Parade starts at 12:30 PM CST. Place: 101 Trophy Lake Dr., Trophy Club, TX 76262 (behind Tom Thumb) Read More

The Colony 22nd Annual Independence Day Parade


Event: The Colony 22nd Annual Independence Day Parade Date: Saturday, July 3, 2004 Time: 9:30 AM-11:00 AM Place: 5151 North Colony Blvd., The Colony, TX (Little League Field) Read More

American College of Surgeons Leadership Conference


Medicare Town Hall


Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26) today announced he is hosting an information session next Monday for senior citizens residents of the 26th District to learn more about the new Medicare law and the newly-approved Prescription Drug Discount Cards that start on June 1, 2004. Joining Dr. Burgess will be Senior Policy Advisor to the Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Tim Trysla. Congressman Burgess’ Medicare Prescription Drug Discount Card Forum will be held on Monday, May 3rd from 11:00 a.m.-12 noon at the Brookside Center. The Center is located at 1244 Brookside Center in Hurst, Texas. Monday, May 3rd was the first day under the new Medicare law that seniors can begin enrolling in Medicare-approved drug discount cards. June 1st is when seniors can begin using the new cards and start saving on their prescription medications. “I am proud that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are partnering with my Congressional office for this important and informative session to help our local seniors learn more about affordable health care options under Medicare, particularly the new Medicare-approved Prescription Drug Discount Cards that hit the streets on June 1st,” Rep. Michael Burgess stated. “The more senior citizens and their families learn about the new Medicare law and its new benefits, the better off they will be in meeting their individual health care needs.” Medicare Drug Discount Card Forum Monday, May 3rd from 11 a.m.-12 noon The Brookside Center 1244 Brookside Center, Hurst, Texas Public inquiries about the forum should be directed toward Janice Zimmerman in Congressman Burgess’ Lewisville Office at (972) 434-9700. Media questions should be directed toward Michelle Stein at (202) 225-7772. Read More

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Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center


Speak to Trinity Christian Government Class


Art Contest Reception


2004 Artistic Discovery Competition “Artistic Discovery” is the annual nationwide Congressional High School Art Competition initiated by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Each Congressional District hosts its own competition, and since the competition was first launched in 1982, over 5000 local contests have been conducted. The Twenty-Sixth District Congressional Art Competition is open to students residing and attending public and private high schools in the 26th District. The Greater Denton Arts Council will co-sponsor the exhibition. First prize in the competition is the display of the winning student’s artwork in the United States Capitol complex for an entire year. Thousands of people visiting the nation’s capitol, as well as Members of Congress and their staffs, will be able to walk through the display area, viewing artwork from Congressional districts throughout the country—each piece highlighted with the name of the work and student artist. Student artisans will have their works judged by a professional art educator chosen by the Greater Denton Arts Council. Competition participants, their parents, teachers, school administrators and local officials will be invited to attend a reception with Congressman Burgess to view all the entries on display at the Visual Arts Center in Denton. All the participants will be honored at a recognition ceremony during the reception, and the first place winner and honorable mentions will be announced. Up to six honorable mention entries will be chosen; each will be displayed in the 26th Congressional District office for the upcoming year. The first place winner and one guest will be invited to the nation’s capital in June to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony and gala reception opening the 2004 “Artistic Discovery” exhibition and honoring the winning artists from all over the country. They will be able to view their artwork, as it will be displayed for the upcoming year. The cost of the attending the ceremony is the responsibility of the competition winner. The winners will celebrate with Congressman Burgess at this reception. Read More

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Energy and Commerce


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.

Serving With

Louie Gohmert


Ted Poe


Sam Johnson


John Ratcliffe


Jeb Hensarling


Joe Barton


John Culberson


Kevin Brady


Michael McCaul


Michael Conaway


Kay Granger


Mac Thornberry


Randy Weber


Bill Flores


Randy Neugebauer


Lamar Smith


Pete Olson


Will Hurd


Kenny Marchant


Roger Williams


Blake Farenthold


John Carter


Pete Sessions


Brian Babin


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