Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart

UTAH's 2nd DISTRICT

HOUSE REPUBLICANS OF UTAH SEEK ACCESS TO NEW, APPROVED LIFE-SAVING TECHNOLOGY FOR STATE MEDICARE RECIPIENTS WITH CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE (CAD)

2019/01/18

Washington, D.C. – Utah’s Congressional Republicans, led by Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT), are seeking to ensure Utah Medicare beneficiaries gain access to a life-saving, non-invasive technology used to diagnose coronary artery disease (CAD), the leading cause of death in the U.S. 

The technology, HeartFlow Fractional Flow Reserve Derived from CT (Heartflow FFRCT), is currently available to Medicare beneficiaries in 23 states but not to those in Utah. Over the next 10 years, 1.9 Million Utahns could benefit through the implementation of HeartFlow FFRCT.

Congressman Stewart, along with his fellow Congressional Republicans, wrote a letter expressing his ongoing interest in the appropriate reimbursement coverage for life-saving diagnostic testing for coronary artery disease (CAD). Congressman Stewart is “hopeful that this advanced technological diagnostic tool will soon be available to Medicare beneficiaries in our State” and he “looks forward to our citizens who are covered by Medicare receiving the same standard of care as elsewhere in the country.”

CAD is a massive and growing problem that will impact 209 Million Americans and 1.9 Million Utahns over the next 10 years. “We state the obvious when we note that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.”- Rep. Chris Stewart.  

HeartFlow FFRCT Analysis has been assigned a New Technology Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and is covered by the majority of national US commercial health insurance companies—such as Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, and most Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans encompassing over 220 million Americans. Despite the New Technology APC, regional Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) are allowed to make individual coverage decisions for their regions, and the MAC covering Utah (Noridian) has so far only approved “claim-by-claim” coverage of the technology, which requires additional administrative and documentation requirements.

"We are delighted in the interest the Utah Congressional delegation has shown in improving cardiovascular care for cardiac patients in Utah and nationwide. At University of Utah Health, we are committed to ensuring patients have access to the best and most up to date care and the HeartFlow Analysis is an important tool towards that end." - Frederick Welt, MD, Margaret Amundsen Professor of Cardiology, University of Utah Health Sciences Center.

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UTAH HOUSE REPUBLICANS SUPPORT THE PURE ACT

2019/01/11

WASHINGTON – On January 10, 2019, Utah Senators Mike Lee & Mitt Romney introduced the Protect Utah’s Rural Economy (PURE) Act. The legislation would protect Utah from unilateral intrusion through the Antiquities Act.  After the Senate introduction of the legislation, Representatives Rob Bishop (UT-01), Chris Stewart (UT-02), and John Curtis (UT-03) released the following joint statement:

“We are pleased with our Senate colleagues for this gesture. For too long, Utah has been vulnerable to the whims of Washington. Decisions for Utah should be made by Utahns. Who best knows the state than those who depend on Utah lands for their livelihoods?

“For the past several decades, the Antiquities Act has been abused with some of the most egregious abuses happening in Utah. What was once a law passed to protect landmarks, has become a political weapon. Our state is still dealing with the ramifications of the Obama & Clinton abuses.

“In the House, we have been beating this drum for years and we stand ready to push companion legislation as soon as it passes the Senate.”    

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REPS. STEWART, BISHOP, AND CURTIS REQUEST EMERGENCY ACTION FOR UTAH'S NATIONAL PARKS

2019/01/07

Washington, D.C. – In a letter to Acting Secretary Bernhardt dated January 4, Representatives Chris Stewart (R-UT), Rob Bishop (R-UT), and John Curtis (R-UT) requested that the Department of the Interior take emergency measures to resume normal operations at Utah’s Mighty 5 national parks. 

 

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UPDATE: INTERIOR RESPONDS TO REP. STEWART. SERVICES TO RESUME AT UTAH'S NATIONAL PARKS

2019/01/07

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT) received a letter from Acting Secretary Bernhardt acknowledging the challenges that our National Parks are facing during this partial lapse in government appropriations. In the letter, Acting Secretary Bernhardt states that “… the burdens being born by local communities should be addressed by Park Service personnel within days, particularly at the bigger parks such as Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks.”

Congressman Stewart is joined by Reps. Rob Bishop (R-UT) and John Curtis (R-UT) as signatories for a letter to the Acting Secretary of the Interior, David Bernhardt. The letter, dated January 4, requested that the DOI take emergency measures to resume operations at Utah’s National Parks.

“I am grateful for the quick response to our letter and the extraordinary steps the Department is taking to ensure our Utah Parks are protected and open for visitors.” – Rep. Chris Stewart

Further information was provided by the Department of the Interior in THIS MEMO & NEWS RELEASE.

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REP. STEWART REINTRODUCES BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO COMPLETE PARKS, WILDERNESS AREAS AND INCREASE REVENUES FOR SCHOOLS

2019/01/04

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT) reintroduced the Advancing Conservation and Education (ACE) Act, H.R. 244. Last Congress passed the bipartisan legislation unanimously.

The ACE Act helps equalize funding for education in public lands states by enhancing the revenue-generating capacity of lands designated for the purpose of funding education.

The former press release can be found here.

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Stewart’s Legislation Honoring Anwar Sadat Signed by President

2018/12/14

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, President Trump signed Rep. Chris Stewart’s (R-Utah) bipartisan legislation, the Anwar Sadat Centennial Celebration Act, into law. This legislation honors the late president of Egypt, Anwar Sadat, with a Congressional Gold Medal.

President Sadat made a historic visit to Israel in 1977, the first Arab leader to do so. This began the foundation of peace between Egypt and Israel. This visit was all the more courageous given the opposition and outrage he faced at the time.

“President Anwar Sadat truly embodied the statesmanship and fortitude necessary to bring peace to the Middle East. His shining example of putting aside our differences and working towards peace is just as important today as it was during his tenure as President of Egypt. His bravery and dedication to peace deserve much more than a Congressional Gold Medal, but I’m grateful that we can honor him and his everlasting legacy.” – Rep. Chris Stewart

For a video of Congressman Stewart’s remarks on the House Floor, click here.

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Stewart Secures Major Win for Utah

2018/12/12

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) released the following statement after his legislation, the Sage-Grouse and Mule Deer Conservation and Restoration Act, was included in the final text and passage of the Farm Bill.

 

The passage of this legislation is something conservationists and sportsmen can both celebrate. In order to protect mule deer and sage-grouse populations in Utah and across the West, we must protect and enhance their habitat. The review process for vegetation management has become too cumbersome and time consuming. This legislation removes bureaucratic red tape and gives land managers the tools needed to protect and preserve this precious habitat.”Rep. Chris Stewart

 

Background

According to the Fish and Wildlife Service, Piñon and Juniper forests have been encroaching on key sagebrush habitat at a rapid rate. This invasion erodes and fragments sagebrush habitat and provides artificial roosting and nesting sites for sage-grouse predators. Tree removal also carries widespread ecological benefits, such as reduction of catastrophic wildfire risk. Wildlife managers in the West have long worked to convert Piñon and Juniper stands to sagebrush because doing so increases forage and soil water availability, which improves wildlife carrying capacity and benefits big game populations, particularly mule deer.

Although tree expansion is a natural process normally controlled by naturally-occurring wildfire, fire suppression efforts over the years have allowed expansion to go unchecked. As a result, trees have spread to areas they have not historically occupied, increasing the risk of large-scale, uncontrollable wildfires. Fortunately, federal restoration projects have been successful in removing these trees without threatening the natural habitat, and this legislation helps build on these successes.

This legislation makes it easier for land managers and wildlife organizations to work together on vegetation management projects that benefit the environment, and it gives the Bureau of Land Management the tools it needs to better preserve precious habitats for both sage-grouse and mule deer.

For the original press release of the Sage-Grouse and Mule Deer Habitat Conservation and Restoration Act, click here.

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Reps. Stewart and Delaney Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Modernize Suicide Prevention Analytics

2018/10/31

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) and Rep. John K. Delaney (D-Maryland) introduced H.R. 7103, the Suicide Prevention Analytics Act of 2018. This bipartisan legislation aims to address the gap in data reporting as it relates to self-harm and suicidal behavior. This pilot program will help improve the compilation and sharing of near real-time suicidal behavior information among care providers, prevention experts, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

Emergency Room medical practitioners record suicidal and self-harm behaviors using standard medical data recording processes, including privacy regulations and safeguards. However, reports on suicidal behavior can take one to two years to compile. By enabling near real-time data sharing, community care providers can respond more quickly to changes in trends, deliver more timely prevention resources, and track the success of such resources.

 

“Too many of us have experienced the tragic loss of life and heartbreak that results from suicide. I'm proud to be the lead co-sponsor for this legislation that focuses on a better way to track and monitor self-harm and suicidal behavior,” said Rep. Stewart. “Up-to-date reporting will allow federal and state resources to be made available in a more effective and timelier manner. There is still a lot to be done, and I am committed to continuing this critical work.”

 

“Suicide rates in America are alarming and this is just one of the many necessary steps to improving mental health care,” said Rep. Delaney. “This legislation would enable the CDC to work in partnership with local communities, creating far more effective prevention efforts based on near real-time analysis. I applaud the efforts by mental health leaders – especially the AFSP – in pushing for this critical improvement in care. We will save lives with this bill.”

 

The program provides grants to state or local public health departments and is staggered to increase the number of grants over a five-year period, allowing CDC to build on its initial rollout to reach more communities each year.

 

In 2016, 1.3 million Americans attempted suicide and in 2015, 505,507 people visited a hospital for injuries due to self-harm. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, reflecting the need for a more comprehensive review of suicidal behavior trends and effective prevention and reduction methods. This is the second collaborative mental health effort by Delaney and Stewart this year, after pushing for more program funding during the appropriations process.

 

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Stewart-Meng Legislation Honoring Anwar Sadat Passes the House

2018/09/26

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) and Rep. Grace Meng’s (D-New York) bipartisan legislation, the Anwar Sadat Centennial Celebration Act, was passed by the House of Representatives. This legislation honors the late president of Egypt, Anwar Sadat, with a Congressional Gold Medal. The legislation is passed days after the 40th anniversary of the Camp David Accords, September 17th.

 

President Sadat made a historic visit to Israel in 1977, the first Arab leader to do so. This began the foundation of peace between Egypt and Israel. This visit was all the more courageous given the opposition and outrage he faced at the time.

 

“President Anwar Sadat truly embodied the statesmanship and fortitude necessary to bring peace to the Middle East. His shining example of putting aside our differences and working towards peace is just as important today as it was during his tenure as President of Egypt.” – Rep. Chris Stewart

 

“The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor bestowed by the United States Congress and awarding it to the late Egyptian President would be a fitting tribute to the historic contributions he made to peace in the Middle East. Anwar Sadat’s pioneering vision, leadership and courage led him to become the first Arab leader to visit and recognize Israel, and posthumously awarding him with this medal will ensure that Congress rightly honors his legacy and achievements. I thank Congressman Stewart for partnering with me on this legislation and I thank Senators Cardin and Hatch for sponsoring the bill in the Senate.” – Rep. Grace Meng

 

“With another milestone achieved in the passage of this immensely important legislation, I would like to thank Representative Chris Stewart and Representative Grace Meng for introducing the legislation to the House of Representatives and for ensuring its passage. Anwar Sadat was a man of vision, wisdom, courage, and above all a staunch believer in peace. He serves as an example to all of us, and most importantly reminds us of the power of nations coming together and working towards the same goal. On the 40th anniversary of signing the Camp David Accords and the centennial of Anwar Sadat's birth, there has never been a more fitting moment to give the late President Sadat the recognition he deserves, and I am appreciative of the US House of Representatives for recognizing this great man, and the values for which he stood.” – Shafik Gabr, International Chairman of the Sadat Gold Medal Commission

 

“Awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to Anwar Sadat for his courageous leadership will introduce President Sadat to a new generation of Americans and give us hope for peace for the future.” – Ezra Friedlander, co-chairman of the Anwar Sadat Committee

 

For a video of Congressman Stewart’s remarks on the House Floor, click here.

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Rep. Stewart Secures $15 Million for Utah’s Largest Water Resource Project

2018/09/13

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Chris Stewart’s (R-Utah) amendment passed the House of Representatives that secures $15 million for the Central Utah Project, Utah’s largest and most comprehensive water resource development program. The amendment was included in the final version of the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act. It will now head to the President to be signed into law.

 

“This is great news for Utah,” Stewart said. “With an increase of nearly 50% over last year’s funding, the Central Utah Project will now be able to move forward towards completion and continue to serve the people of Utah for decades to come.”

 

“The District is grateful to Congressman Stewart for his direct efforts to increase federal funding for construction of the Central Utah Project,” said Gene Shawcroft, General Manager of the Central Utah Water Conservancy District. “The project is in its final years of construction and the timely completion of the project is vital to the future water supply for Utah residents.”

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Rep. Stewart Responds to the 2018 State of the Union Address

2018-01-31 03:32:07


Rep. Stewart Veterans Day

2017-11-09 18:43:06


Refugee Drive 2017

2017-06-27 22:05:41


Rep. Stewart Answers Questions from the Town Hall For All

2017-04-03 19:57:02


Rep. Stewart Reacts to President Trump's Congressional Address

2017-03-01 03:34:24


Rep. Stewart Previews President Trump's First Address to Congress

2017-02-28 15:24:23


Rep. Stewart Fights to Rescind BLM Planning 2.0 Rule, Asks for More Local Control

2017-02-07 22:00:41


Congressman Chris Stewart's Valentine's for Veterans Card Drive

2017-01-10 16:03:48


Rep. Stewart Discusses GOP Plan to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

2017-01-04 21:20:00


Rep. Stewart Reflects on the Attack of Pearl Harbor in Speech on the House Floor

2016-12-07 16:55:14


Rep. Stewart Recognizes Participants of the Freedmen's Bureau Records Project

2016-12-07 15:56:28


Rep. Stewart Urges Colleagues to Vote for his Veterans TRICARE Choice Act

2016-11-29 21:04:19


Rep. Chris Stewart Honors Fallen West Valley City Police Officer in Speech on the House Floor

2016-11-15 22:48:20


Congressman Stewart Launches Blanket Drive Benefitting Primary Children's Hospital

2016-10-07 17:38:33


Rep. Stewart on the Miracle of the Constitution

2016-09-15 20:14:53


Rep. Stewart's Global Security Conference 1

2016-08-12 19:19:12


Rep. Stewart Urges Colleauges to Prohibit the Creation of New National Monuments

2016-07-13 13:52:34


Rep. Stewart Launches Refugee Back to School Supply Drive

2016-07-06 18:45:06


Rep. Stewart Speaks to Students at the University of Utah's Trio Upward Bound Program

2016-07-01 14:10:00


Rep. Stewart's Closing Statment on Amendment to Block the Creation of National Monuments

2016-06-15 20:38:27


Contact Information

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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-9730
Fax 202-225-9627
stewart.house.gov

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Chris Stewart is the Congressman from Utah’s Second Congressional District. He is a No. 1 New York Times best-selling and national award-winning author, world-record-setting Air Force pilot, and the former owner/CEO of a small business.

Chris is one of ten children and grew up on a dairy farm in Cache Valley. He graduated from Utah State University, where he earned his degree in economics. Upon graduation, Chris joined the United States Air Force where he was the Distinguished Graduate (top of his class) in both Officer Training School and Undergraduate Pilot Training. He served for fourteen years as a pilot in the Air Force, flying both rescue helicopters and the B-1B bomber.  He holds three world speed records, including the world’s record for the fastest non-stop flight around the world.

Chris is a prolific author having written 17 books, several of which have become national best-sellers, and have been published in six different countries.

Before being elected to Congress, Chris served as president and CEO of the Shipley Group, a nationally recognized firm for consulting expertise in energy and the environment. He and his wife, Evie, are the parents of six children.

Chris now serves as a member of House Appropriations Committee.


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Rob Bishop

UTAH's 1st DISTRICT

John Curtis

UTAH's 3rd DISTRICT

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