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.
Washington, D.C. — Today the House of Representatives passed the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included an amendment sponsored by Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) that would allow Congress to see and evaluate the progress being made by the Pentagon on its required audit.
In 1990, Congress passed the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990, requiring every federal Department and Agency to produce verifiable financial statements that could be fully audited. Almost 30 years later, every major agency has fulfilled this requirement with the exception of the Department of Defense.
Congressman Burgess’ amendment requests DoD to rank in order, from most ready to be audited to least ready to be audited, every entity within the Department that is required to provide financial statements for the overall effort of the Department-wide audit.
After working with Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) for years on this provision, the amendment was included for the first time in the defense authorization bill signed into law last year. The Pentagon submitted the requested report to Congress late last year. It is important to continue oversight of the DoD by again requiring a report providing a comparison from year to year on auditable financial statements. It is Congressman Burgess’ hope that this will compel the Pentagon to conduct the full financial audit that is required of it by law.
“After 25 years of non-compliance with the law, I am glad the DoD is finally making progress. However, we must continue to put pressure on the Pentagon to comply with federal law in working towards a full audit,” said Burgess. “Our national security and defense is of the utmost importance; the Pentagon must be held to the same level of accountability that other public sector agencies are held to when it comes to the spending of taxpayer dollars.”
The amendment was cosponsored by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT).
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 observance of National Police Week.
“Every day law enforcement officers across the United States put their lives on the line to protect their communities and fellow Americans. In return, the House of Representatives is dedicated to ensuring our police officers feel supported and have access to the resources needed to carry out their duties. Particularly at a time when this heroic profession is under great criticism, it is vital that we recognize the noble sacrifices of these men and women. The simple presence of the police force in a community deters bad actors and provides a sense of safety and security for its citizens. I remain focused on protecting the police officers of the 26th Congressional District of Texas who tirelessly protect us.”
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 regarding the passage of legislation to combat the opioid epidemic by the House of Representatives.
“This week the people’s House took a significant step in confronting our nation’s opioid abuse epidemic. The devastating impact of addiction and abuse has been felt in every community across America—the bills passed this week put in place the tools necessary to fight this crisis and win.
“The House’s response to this public health threat strikes a careful balance to ensure that we do not obstruct patients’ access to pain medication that they truly need. It is more important than ever that we arm doctors with the accurate, complete, and up-to-date information they need to prescribe controlled substances for their patients appropriately.
“While we must act accordingly to ensure that these powerful pain medications do not fall into the hands of abusers, we must be sure that those experiencing chronic pain, particularly our veterans, can still access their medication.”
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 on the federal ruling in House v. Burwell, the House of Representatives’ lawsuit on Obamacare.
“The U.S. District Court’s ruling is one step closer to victory for the American people and for the rule of law. The federal judge’s decision confirms that the Obama Administration has been unlawfully paying insurers without the required authorization from Congress—violating the law and seizing a role clearly reserved for Congress in Article I of the Constitution.
“Billions of taxpayer dollars were dished out illegally to keep insurers from fleeing Obamacare, yet premiums continue to skyrocket and insurers continue to withdraw from markets across the country. Our founding fathers created a system of checks and balances to guard against the threat of a tyrannical government—the Obama Administration must stop operating like a monarchy and respect the role of Congress. This is not only another great victory for the United States House Committee on Rules which crafted the resolution, but also for the constitutional balance of power.”
Lake Dallas, 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 on the suspension of Senator Cruz’s 2016 Presidential campaign.
“Congratulations to the Cruz camp for fighting the good fight. Senator Cruz has been a dedicated leader of the Republican party and I have an immense amount of respect for him and his family. I endorsed Senator Cruz early on for the Presidency because I believe that he is a strong and proven conservative leader that would have made an exceptional President.
But the people have spoken and now we must turn our focus to the general election. It is critical that the Republican party unites to take back the White House in 2017 and ensure that our country is not subject to a detrimental Clinton Administration. As I have said before, I plan to put all of my support behind the Republican nominee and do whatever is asked of me to ensure a Republican is elected President.”
Lake Dallas, TX — Today, Congressman Michael Burgess (TX-26), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, announced the winner of the 14th annual 26th Congressional District high school art competition. The art competition was open to public, private and home-schooled high school students residing in or attending schools in the district. Meghan Adams, a senior art student of Kathy Toews at Marcus High School in Flower Mound, won the Grand Prize with her color photograph entitled “One Team.”
As the Grand Prize winner, Meghan will have her artwork displayed for an entire year in the U.S. Capitol and has the opportunity to attend the national ceremony in Washington, D.C. this June. The ceremony will honor the winning artists from congressional districts all over the country.
“This competition was designed to foster and encourage the creative development of local high school students across the country,” said Burgess. “I am overwhelmed by the level of talent in the numerous submissions from the 26th district. Meghan’s creativity is inspiring and we are honored to have her represent our district in the halls of the U.S. Capitol.”
Wendy Ampuero won the “Texas Choice” category for her colored pencil artwork entitled “Warrior Woman.” She is a senior art student of Mark Parr at Little Elm High School. The “Texas Choice” winner was selected by popular vote from the virtual gallery on Congressman Burgess’ website.
Jurist Jo Williams, professional artist and instructor, reviewed the posted artwork and determined the contest finalists based upon artistic merit. The Juror's Award for the Grand Prize and First Place recognitions were based on the appraisal of each piece of artwork’s level of artistic merit.
Additionally, Bryant Grizzle, a senior at Flower Mound High School and a student of Michelle Harper, won First Place for his pen drawing entitled “Corralled but Content.” Bryant’s artwork will be displayed in Congressman Burgess’ Lake Dallas district office for the next year.
“Congratulations to Meghan, Bryant and Wendy for their artistic achievements and thank you to all the students that participated in this year’s competition,” said Burgess.
Since the competition was first launched in 1982, more than 5,000 local contests have been conducted that have involved more than 650,000 high school students across the country.Read More
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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.
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