Patrick Meehan

Patrick Meehan

PENNSYLVANIA's 7th DISTRICT

Meehan: CDC Ebola Protocols Need Clarification

2014/10/24

Meehan: CDC Ebola Protocols Need Clarification Questions self-quarantine procedures in wake of New York City Ebola patient   SPRINGFIELD, PA -- Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-7) today wrote Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden to seek clarification for hospitals and care providers on the CDC’s protocols for treating patients suspected of Ebola infection.   Meehan’s letter follows a meeting earlier this week of Philadelphia-area lawmakers, hospital officials and other stakeholders to discuss the region’s preparedness for an Ebola outbreak.   “The officials present believed our health care facilities were well equipped and prepared to isolate and treat these patients for the initial four to eight hours after admission,” said Meehan. “Questions arose, however, on the preparedness for longer-term care of patients suspected of infection after those initial eight hours. The hospitals and other officials present indicated that procedures for continued treatment of patients after those critical first hours were ambiguous. Specifically, participants were unsure of the protocols for transport of patients to designated Ebola treatment facilities, as well as what support they could expect to receive from CDC in the event of a wider outbreak.”   Meehan also questioned CDC self-quarantine procedures for medical workers who have worked in the African nations affected by Ebola. Officials said a physician recently returned from West Africa to New York City rode the subway and went bowling the day before he exhibited Ebola symptoms.   “What are CDC protocols for the self-quarantine of health workers – such as the physician diagnosed in New York – who return from Ebola affected areas?” Meehan asked.   The full text of the letter is reproduced below and a PDF is attached.   --   October 24, 2014   Dr. Tom Frieden Director Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1609 Clifton Road Atlanta, GA 30333   Dear Dr. Frieden,   I write to you today to inquire about the procedures and protocols for the treatment of Ebola cases. On Wednesday, I participated in a meeting of lawmakers, hospitals and public health officials to discuss the preparedness of the Philadelphia region for an Ebola diagnosis  and possible outbreak. Hospitals from our area report confidence in their ability to respond to a patient who exhibits the symptoms and warning signs of Ebola infection if one were to walk into an Emergency Room.   The officials present believed our health care facilities were well equipped and prepared to isolate and treat these patients for the initial four to eight hours after admission. Questions arose, however, on the preparedness for longer-term care of patients suspected of infection after those initial eight hours. The hospitals and other officials present indicated that procedures for continued treatment of patients after those critical first hours were ambiguous. Specifically, participants were unsure of the protocols for transport of patients to designated Ebola treatment facilities, as well as what support they could expect to receive from CDC in the event of a wider outbreak.   Another concern raised was the possibility that the capacity of the CDC’s designated Ebola treatment centers would be exceeded by a wider outbreak. At present, there are only four U.S. hospitals specially equipped with isolation units necessary for long-term treatment of Ebola cases -- hospitals in Maryland, Montana, Georgia and Nebraska. But hospitals in my region are concerned that in the event of an outbreak that exceeds these facilities’ capacity, they will be forced to treat Ebola patients for a longer period of time than anticipated.   Given the concerns expressed by Philadelphia area public health officials, and today’s news regarding an Ebola diagnosis in New York City, I wish to inquire about the following:   •          What efforts have been made to communicate procedures and protocols for hospitals dealing with Ebola patients for longer than the initial four to eight hours after admission.   •          Has the CDC considered designating a hospital in various regions of the nation as a “regional center” for Ebola containment and treatment?   •          What are CDC protocols for the self-quarantine of health workers -- such as the physician diagnosed in New York -- who return from Ebola afflicted areas?   Thank you in advance for your attention to these concerns.   Sincerely,      Patrick Meehan Member of Congress Read More

Lawmakers, Hospitals, Local Health Officials Discuss Ebola Preparedness

2014/10/23

Congressmen Fitzpatrick, Dent, Meehan & Fattah talk Ebola preparedness at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on October 22, 2014   PHILADELPHIA, PA – Members of Congress from the Philadelphia area met today with local hospitals as well as county and state health officials to discuss our region’s ability to respond to an Ebola outbreak. The meeting took place at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Officials from Philadelphia International Airport and the United States’ Customs & Border Protection were also in attendance. “I appreciate the willingness of our local healthcare institutions to participate in today’s briefing and am both pleased and comforted by what we heard. As a result, I have every confidence that our first-rate medical professionals in Philadelphia are capable, prepared, and equipped to handle any patient in the region who may exhibit signs of Ebola,” said Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02). “Today’s briefing was extremely informative. I came away from it confident that hospitals serving our region are prepared to identify and isolate individuals infected with Ebola, and I am reassured to hear the work that is going into ensuring all health care workers are well informed and appropriately trained. However, it made clear that continued regional collaboration will be key to expand capacity for comprehensive treatment of the virus,” said Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15). “The opportunity to meet with local leaders and experts about our region’s response to this health emergency is critical to our understanding of the issue,” said Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08). “My constituents – and the American people as a whole – need a national strategy. This crisis requires a comprehensive response – something worked toward at today’s meeting.” “Hospitals in our region seem to feel appropriately prepared to handle a suspected Ebola patient,” said Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-07). “But by eight hours after the patient is admitted, treatment depends on clear and effective communication with the CDC. It is this critical juncture in which it appears there is not enough clear guidance. As CDC protocols evolve it is critical there be timely and more precise communication to hospitals and first responders. As a major city with an international airport, Philadelphia has to be considered a place where an event could occur.” Read More

Addressing Ebola

2014/10/21

Tuesday October 21, 2014 Like many of you, I have deep concerns about the nation’s readiness to address the Ebola epidemic. While our health care system is the most advanced in the world, we have seen in Dallas that more can be done to improve our ability to respond to a potential outbreak here. My main priority is the health and safety of people in our country. I called for temporary travel restrictions to and from the countries affected. While this cannot eliminate all possibility of new Ebola cases here, it's a common-sense step that we can take right now to reduce the risk. You may view my full statement on this subject here. There needs to be a collaborative effort both in Washington and in our region between healthcare providers, government, first responders, and all other stakeholders to properly address the threat. I am diligently working with my colleagues in the House to ensure we are taking the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the disease. Below are some facts you should know about the virus and about what we are doing about it. I thank everyone who has reached out to my office with their input and urge constituents to continue to do so. What you need to know about Ebola The Homeland Security Committee’s Ebola Information Sheet   What the House is doing about the Ebola Epidemic Courtesy of the Speaker's Office, an overview of the steps Congress has taken to address Ebola Funding the fight against Ebola Courtesy of the Speaker’s Office, a funding plan for Ebola Read More

Meehan Calls for Ebola Travel Ban

2014/10/16

Expresses Concern CDC Is Not Educating Health Workers Adequately   SPRINGFIELD, PA -- Congressman Patrick Meehan, a member of the House Transportation and Homeland Security committees, today issued the following statement on the federal government's response to the Ebola crisis: "A temporary ban on travel to and from countries suffering from the Ebola epidemic is a common sense step to protect the American people," Meehan said. "The World Health Organization predicts that by December there will be five to ten thousand new Ebola cases every week in western Africa. We should take every sensible step to help isolate the outbreak while we assist these countries in battling this terrible virus. Preventing carriers of the virus from unwittingly traveling to the United States will protect the American population and the health care workers who are heroically treating infected individuals already here. It is the responsibility of the government to take this temporary step so we can prevent new infections in the United States before there is an outbreak like we have seen elsewhere." Armed Forces and emergency health workers should still be permitted to travel under strict government supervision, the Congressman said. Meehan also expressed concern that clear federal health protocols are not in place and available to Pennsylvania health care workers and others. "News reports over recent days do not give Americans confidence that the CDC is approaching this situation adequately.  I have heard first-hand accounts in southeast Pennsylvania over confusion about how to treat patients reporting travel in western Africa and presenting themselves for care. This is unacceptable. I call on the President and the CDC to take swift action to ensure health care workers everywhere have the appropriate guidance and resources necessary when encountering possible Ebola cases," Meehan said. Read More

Meehan Named "Friend of the Farm Bureau" by Pennsylvania Farm Bureau

2014/10/09

SPRINGFIELD, PA  — The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Association today recognized Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-07) for his work on behalf of farmers by awarding him the “Friend of the Farm Bureau Award” at a ceremony on a family farm in Oley, Berks County. Meehan was given the award for his record of supporting policies including reducing regulatory interference for farmers, providing for infrastructure improvements of the nation’s inland waterway and port system, and maintaining and modifying the tax options available to farmers. “On behalf of our nearly 60,000 member families, the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau would like to thank Representative Meehan for his support of agriculture,” said Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Carl T. Shaffer. “The Congressman’s support means that farmers are better able to produce safe, affordable and abundant food, which benefits both consumers and farmers.” “Agriculture is Pennsylvania’s largest industry, and decisions made in Washington can have a tremendous influence over the ability of thousands of family farms to survive and prosper,” said Congressman Meehan. “Issues like the reauthorization of the farm bill and EPA regulations of inland waterways affect farmers every day. I’m honored to have the chance to work alongside so many farmers on these issues, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to be their voice in Congress.” Read More

FREE Job Fair for Residents on Saturday

2014/09/11

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Please share your views on ISIS

2014/09/10

Dear Friend, I wanted to take a brief moment to get your thoughts on the ongoing situation involving the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. President Obama will be addressing the nation later tonight, and I'd like to have the benefit of your input as I continue to work on and debate this issue with my colleauges in Congress. Please take a moment to answer the below questions. I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with me on this important topic.   Do you believe the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria threatens the United States and its interests? Yes No Don't Know Do you believe the United States should strike targets within Syria as part of a larger campaign to destroy ISIS? Yes No Don't know Do you believe the United States should use ground troops in the effort to destroy ISIS? Yes No Don't know What do you hope to hear from President Obama tonight? Please include any other thoughts you have on this topic. If you are having trouble, click here. Read More

Latest from Rep. Meehan

2014/08/06

Dear Friend,  Below is an overview of some of the work I’m doing on your behalf. To learn more about what I have been working on, please visit my website, my Facebook page, and follow me on Twitter. Sincerely, Congressman Patrick Meehan   Latest on the VA Scandal A recent internal audit of VA healthcare facilities in our area found evidence that employees were directed to falsify data and manipulate statistics to make waiting times appear shorter than they truly are. This is in direct contradiction to assurances the VA’s leadership in Philadelphia gave me during visits to these facilities in recent week. This is just the latest demonstration of the culture of coverups within the VA bureaucracy, and I wrote the VA Secretary this week seeking answers on how this has happened.   Fighting to Protect Students on Campus Last week I introduced bipartisan legislation that will help protect victims of sexual assault on college campuses. It strengthens the partnership between schools and law enforcement, enhances training standards for on-campus personnel, and it will help victims access confidential advisors who can provide support in the wake of an assault. It’s an important step forward in the effort to protect our kids on campus and support victims. The legislation includes many of the recommendations made this year by my Southeastern Pennsylvania Campus Sexual Violence Advisory Council.   Passing Bipartisan Cybersecurity Legislation As Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, I’m pleased that the House of Representatives has passed groundbreaking cybersecurity legislation with overwhelming bipartisan support. The legislation, which I introduced along with Rep. Michael McCaul, was the product of hundreds of meetings with stakeholders including the private sector and privacy advocates. The risk of cyber attack in the United States is growing, and this legislation aims to strengthen our ability to prevent and respond to cyber attacks while protecting the privacy rights of law-abiding Americans.  Here you can see what this law does and how it will protect Americans.   [[{"fid":"298","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"media-element file-full"}}]] Congressman Meehan discusses diabetes and the importance of preventive medicine at the Havertown YMCA on August 4, 2014 Read More

Meehan, Maloney Introduce Bipartisan Bill Protecting Students from Sexual Assault on Campus

2014/08/01

Bill incorporates Meehan task force recommendations WASHINGTON, DC— Reps. Patrick Meehan (R-PA) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) today introduced legislation taking aim at sexual assaults on college campuses by protecting and empowering students and strengthening accountability and transparency for institutions. Meehan and Maloney were joined by a bipartisan coalition of 15 House members in introducing the bill.   The legislation incorporates many of the recommendations of Meehan’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Sexual Violence Task Force, a group of campus safety experts that included representatives from higher education, law enforcement and campus safety groups. Meehan convened the group earlier this year to make recommendations to a White House task force on campus sexual assault issues.   “The current patchwork of federal law and regulation is not sufficient to address sexual assault on American campuses” said Congressman Meehan. “This bipartisan legislation strengthens the partnership between schools and law enforcement. It enhances training standards for on-campus personnel. And it will help victims access confidential advisors who can provide support in the wake of an assault. It’s an important step forward in the effort to protect our kids on campus and support victims. I would like to thank the members of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Campus Violence Advisory Council for their input and experience, which informed many of the provisions of this bill.”   “The way colleges and universities currently address sexual assault is failing students,” said Congresswoman Maloney. “We have to do more to prevent sexual assaults, empower survivors and ensure that academic institutions are responsive to the needs of students. I applaud the work of our colleagues in the Senate. They have crafted a comprehensive and bipartisan bill. I am hopeful that the House will take up this effort in tandem with the Senate so that we can put a bill on the President’s desk.”   Provisions of Campus Accountability and Safety Act, include:   ·         New Campus Resources and Support Services for Student Survivors: Under this legislation, colleges and universities will be required to designate Confidential Advisors who will serve as a confidential resource for victims of assaults committed against a student. The role of Confidential Advisors will be to coordinate support services and accommodations for survivors, to provide information about options for reporting, and to provide guidance or assistance, at the direction of the survivor, in reporting the crime to campus authorities and/or local law enforcement. To encourage individuals to come forward with reports about sexual violence, schools will no longer be allowed to sanction a student who reveals a violation in good faith, such as underage drinking, in the process of reporting a sexual violence claim.   ·         Minimum Training Standards for On-Campus Personnel: Currently, a chronic lack of training of on-campus personnel hampers sexual assault investigations and disciplinary processes, often resulting in negative outcomes for survivors. This legislation ensures that everyone from the Confidential Advisors, to those responsible for investigating and participating in disciplinary proceedings, will now receive specialized training to ensure they have a firm understanding of the nature of these crimes and their effect on survivors.   ·         New Historic Transparency Requirements: For the first time, students at every university in America will be surveyed about their experience with sexual violence to get an accurate picture of this problem.  This new annual survey will be standardized and anonymous, with the results published online so that parents and high school students can make an informed choice when comparing universities. The Department of Education will also be required to publish the names of all schools with pending investigations, final resolutions, and voluntary resolution agreements related to Title IX.   ·         Campus Accountability and Coordination with Law Enforcement: All schools will now be required to use a uniform process for campus disciplinary proceedings and may no longer allow athletic departments or other subgroups to handle complaints of sexual violence for members of that subgroup alone. This legislation will require colleges and universities to enter into memoranda of understanding with all applicable local law enforcement agencies to clearly delineate responsibilities and share information so that when an assault occurs, both campus authorities and local authorities can focus on solving the crime rather than debating jurisdiction.   ·         Enforceable Title IX Penalties and Stiffer Penalties for Clery Act Violations: Schools that don’t comply with certain requirements under the bill may face a penalty of up to 1% of the institution’s operating budget. Previously, the only allowable penalty was the loss of all financial aid which is not practical and has never been done. The bill increases penalties for Clery Act violations to up to $150,000 per violation from the current penalty of $35,000.   Read More

Meehan on Latest VA Report: "They Looked Me in the Eye and Lied to Me"

2014/07/30

Meehan on Latest VA Report: “They Looked Me in the Eye and Lied to Me” WASHINGTON, DC— Congressman Patrick Meehan issued the following statement after the release of a VA Inspector General’s report that found evidence of deliberate misconduct at VA medical facilities in Philadelphia and Horsham, Montgomery County. “I visited these facilities and I was repeatedly assured that the activities described in this report had not occurred,” said Congressman Meehan. “I very specifically asked whether there was any evidence of deliberate falsification of data, manipulation of appointment dates or any other attempts to intentionally cook the books. The VA leadership present told me none of it occurred. This report proves they looked me in the eye and lied to me. ” “At every turn, the VA has thwarted any attempt of honest, effective oversight. The basis of any relationship is trust, but the misrepresentations made by the VA in Philadelphia have demonstrated a culture of cover-up and deceit. I expect the VA to identify those responsible. They should lose their positions of trust within the VA bureaucracy.” Read More

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Patrick Meehan represents Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District in the United States Congress.

Currently serving his second term in Congress, Meehan serves on the Oversight and Government Reform, Homeland Security, Transportation and Infrastructure, and House Ethics Committees. As a member of the Homeland Security Committee, Congressman Meehan was appointed Chairman of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies.

Prior to his election to the United States Congress, Meehan earned an impressive record as one of the Philadelphia area’s most respected prosecutors. Appointed by the President, Meehan served as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, a position that made him the top federal prosecutor in a district that spanned nine counties with a population of over five million residents.

Sworn in just six days after the September 11, 2001 attacks, Meehan immediately went to work combating the threat of terrorism. He set up an Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council to coordinate the region’s response to the attacks. The ATAC quickly became a national model for coordination among law enforcement agencies and ensured that critical information and intelligence on terrorist threats was disseminated to the appropriate federal, state and local law enforcement personnel.

While U.S. Attorney, Meehan took on nursing homes neglecting seniors, drug companies defrauding customers and pioneered innovative new strategies to combat domestic violence. Meehan also prosecuted cases under Operation Stolen Valor, an initiative that took in individuals who falsely claimed to have won military awards and decorations. He was appointed by the Attorney General to sit on the Corporate Fraud Task Force and prosecuted government contractors overcharging taxpayers.

During his tenure, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia became a national leader in prosecuting corrupt government officials. Meehan helped to put behind bars some of the biggest names in Philadelphia’s corrupt pay-to-play political culture, including former Philadelphia Treasurer Corey Kemp, Councilman Rick Mariano, and State Senator Vincent Fumo. Meehan earned praise from both sides of the aisle for his integrity and his commitment to rooting out political corruption.

Prior to his appointment as United States Attorney, Meehan served as the District Attorney of Delaware County. As D.A., he successfully prosecuted several high-profile cases, including the murder trial of millionaire John DuPont and the trial of the murderer of local college student Aimee Willard. Meehan formed the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, a working group dedicated to protecting children from online predators.

A native of Cheltenham, Montgomery County, Meehan is a graduate of Bowdoin College and the Temple University School of Law. Prior to entering public service, Congressman Meehan spent two years as a referee in the National Hockey League. Meehan, his wife Carolyn, and their three sons live in Drexel Hill, Delaware County.


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