Diane Black

Diane Black

TENNESSEE's 6th DISTRICT

VIDEO: Rep. Black Speaks in Support of Granting Access to Home Dialysis Therapy for Medicare Patients

2017/07/25

Washington, D.C. –  Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3164, granting seniors with end-stage renal disease access to home dialysis therapy under Medicare. The bill is included in the Medicare Part B Improvement Act of 2017 and was passed by voice vote. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a member of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, spoke on the House floor in support of the bipartisan legislation. To watch a video of her remarks, click here.

Remarks as prepared for delivery are provided below:

M. Speaker, I want to thank my colleagues for working with me on an important piece of legislation included in this package to improve the quality of life for seniors on Medicare across the country. 

As a nurse, I am proud to sponsor a bill that enhances care for patients suffering from end-stage renal disease.

Thanks to tremendous advances in technology over the last decade, physicians can remotely monitor patients’ dialysis treatment through telehealth to reduce the number of medical visits necessary, ensure treatment efficacy, and catch signs of complications early.

Telehealth provides patients an important care component in the comfort of their own homes, while giving physicians a new tool to treat their patients’ whole health.

Our seniors deserve access to this innovative care AND it can save money, helping to ensure Medicare can be there for our seniors who need it most.

I urge my colleagues to take a vote for your constituents, and for Medicare beneficiaries across the country, and support this bill. 

I look forward to continuing this work with Members on both sides of the aisle to bring our nation’s seniors access to these kinds of innovative telehealth technologies that improve care and help lower the cost of treatment.

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 40 years, she serves as Chairman of the House Budget Committee and a member of the Ways and Means Committee.

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House Passes Bipartisan Legislation Granting Access to Home Dialysis Therapy

2017/07/25

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan piece of legislation granting seniors with end-stage renal disease access to home dialysis therapy under Medicare. The bill, H.R. 3164, is included in the Medicare Part B Improvement Act of 2017 and was passed by voice vote. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement:

“I am proud that the House of Representatives passed this bill enhancing care for patients suffering from end-stage renal disease. Our seniors deserve access to high quality care, and thanks to recent technological advances we can empower physicians to better deliver it. Allowing physicians to remotely monitor the efficacy of a patient’s treatment at home not only increases the comfort of patients, but can also reduce costly visits to medical facilities.”

Click here to view Congressman Black’s floor speech in support of H.R. 3164.

Click here for a joint release on the passage of H.R. 3164 through the Ways and Means Committee.

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 40 years, she serves as Chairman of the House Budget Committee and a member of the Ways and Means Committee.

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VIDEO: Chairman Black on Bloomberg TV

2017/07/20

Washington, D.C. – Budget Chairman Diane Black (R-TN-06) discusses tax reform and reconciliation following the passage of the FY18 Budget Resolution – “Building a Better America.” The resolution was passed with unanimous GOP support late Wednesday night.

Click HERE to watch Chairman Black interviewed by Kevin Cirilli on Bloomberg TV.

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Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Access to Dialysis Therapy Passes Through Pivotal Committee

2017/07/13

Washington, D.C. – Today, Reps. Diane Black (R-TN-06), Suzan DelBene (D-WA-01) and Patrick Meehan (R-PA-07) praised movement on their bipartisan legislation, also co-sponsored by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA-05), expanding access to home dialysis therapy under the Medicare program for patients with end stage renal disease. The bill, H.R. 3164, is included in the Medicare Part B Improvement Act of 2017 package that was marked up today by the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee.

“The technological advancements in this field over the last decade have been tremendous and our seniors deserve access to this innovative care. Monitoring dialysis treatment through telehealth gives healthcare providers assurance that their patients are receiving the best possible treatment in the comfort of their own homes,” said Rep. Black. “As a nurse, I am proud to sponsor bipartisan legislation improving the quality of life for patients under Medicare across the country.”

“Allowing patients to receive dialysis at home can dramatically improve their health outcomes and quality of life. Advances in telehealth hold great potential to extend this treatment option to more Americans, particularly in rural communities,” said Rep. DelBene. “We must ensure our laws reflect these innovations by allowing Medicare to cover healthcare services provided through telehealth. As co-chair of the Congressional Kidney Caucus, I thank Congressman Black for working with me to introduce this legislation to break down barriers to home dialysis and unlock the promise of telehealth.”

“The expansion of telehealth services to individuals on home dialysis gives patients the benefit of more intensive care management. Remote monitoring will ensure that patients receive timely and appropriate care for end-stage renal disease and related illnesses. This is critical to keeping more patients safely in their homes and out of the hospital,” said Rep. Meehan.

H.R. 3164 would grant the reimbursement of telehealth services for beneficiaries in their homes, and allows end stage renal disease (ESRD) care providers to use telehealth for home dialysis monitoring. This provision would allow for necessary patient monitoring without additional trips to a provider’s office. The larger package addresses issues with the Medicare program aimed at improving patient experience and is offset by the use of funds in the Medicare Improvement Fund.

Click HERE to view the Medicare Part B Improvement Act of 2017 (H.R. 3178).

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Bipartisan Members of Congress Work to Help Americans Plan for Debilitating Illness or Condition

2017/07/11

70% of Americans have thought about their preferences if they face a debilitating illness or condition, but only one-third have completed an advance directive

Legislation is the first of its kind to be endorsed by the Right to Life Committee

Republicans, Democrats work together to encourage Americans to complete ‘advance directives,’ plans for life-sustaining health decisions

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Bill Cassidy, MD (R-Louis.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and U.S. Representatives Diane Black (R-Tenn.), Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) today reintroduced legislation to encourage Medicare beneficiaries to create electronic advance directives, legal documents that allow patients to clearly articulate their preferences for their medical care should they suffer from a debilitating illness or condition. The Medicare Choices Empowerment and Protection Act would offer a small, one-time financial incentive to encourage Medicare beneficiaries to provide clear legal guidance to their medical providers and family members should they become incapable of speaking for themselves. This legislation would incentivize Medicare beneficiaries themselves to create and register a certified and secure advance directive online.  In addition, the bill would provide beneficiaries with access to a website with model advance directives representing a range of options.

According to a 2006 study by the Pew Research Center, 70 percent of Americans have thought about their health care preferences should they be faced with a life-threatening illness or injury, but only one-third have completed an advance directive. Under the Medicare Choices Empowerment and Protection Act, Medicare beneficiaries would be able to voluntarily create and register an electronic advance directive with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) at any time. Advance directives would be created through, and maintained by, outside organizations certified by CMS, and could be modified or terminated at any time by the beneficiary. An advance directive would include any written statement that outlines the kind of treatment and care a beneficiary wants or does not want under certain conditions, and can include identification of a health care proxy. Beneficiaries would also receive a small, one-time incentive for registering an electronic advance directive.

To address concerns about confidentiality, the Medicare Choices Empowerment and Protection Act requires both CMS and outside groups maintaining advance directives to hold the highest standards for privacy and security protection as well as system functionality. CMS would only keep track of the certified organization through which a beneficiary has created an advance directive and would not keep a database of these documents. The bill does not interfere with any state laws governing advance directives.  

Read a one-page summary of the legislation here.

“I am proud to introduce this bipartisan legislation with my colleagues to empower patients to make their own health decisions on their own terms,” said Sen. Coons.  “This bill will encourage more Americans to think about what kind of medical care they wish to receive should they not be able speak for themselves, which will reduce confusion and heartache and allow patients to spend their final days as they see fit.  The breadth of supporting organizations just reinforces the overwhelming need to encourage people to have these difficult, but critically important conversations.”

"This legislation gives patients greater power and incentive to consult with her or his Doctor to decide end of life issues,” said Dr. Cassidy.

“Empowering patients to control their own health care decisions is an important personal priority of mine. As a doctor, I’ve learned that the best patient relationships are partnerships – with doctors providing information, so patients can make the best informed decisions,” said Sen. Barrasso. “This bill will help more Medicare patients communicate their personal decisions to both their families and health care providers. This will ensure that more patients get the care at the end of their life that they want.”

“Life-threatening illnesses and injuries are devastating for both patients and their loved ones,” Sen. Bennet said. “Advance care planning would provide seniors the support they need to manage their end-of-life care when they are most vulnerable. By encouraging seniors to make proactive plans, family members will face less confusion and more Americans will have ownership over their health care decisions.”

“Allowing patients to communicate their wishes with caregivers empowers them to take charge of their health care in the event they are unable to speak for themselves. By encouraging Medicare beneficiaries to plan ahead, their personal wishes are honored and made a priority,” said Rep. Black. “I am very proud to sponsor a bipartisan piece of legislation that keeps patients’ rights at the forefront of treatment based on their own values, not the priorities of the government or their doctors. As a nurse, I have too often seen families go through tremendously painful situations while making decisions for their loved one, and it is my hope that this bill offers some peace of mind in difficult circumstances.”

“Every person has a right to determine their own end-of-life care,” said Rep. Thompson. “This bill will help put Medicare patients in charge their own end-of-life care decisions by providing them with the tools they need to direct their own care. I worked on this issue in the California State Senate, and I am proud to continue this effort to empower patients.”

“This is an important piece of legislation that allows the very personal wishes of an individual to be respected when it comes to their care,” said Rep. Collins. “This bill will help ease the burden on loved ones and would provide clear guidance to healthcare providers when an individual has lost the ability to make and clearly communicate their desires.”

“Advance directives empower seniors to specify their health care preferences well in advance of a debilitating or terminal illness,” said Rep. Welch. “Having this important discussion with families and doctors in advance will give them peace of mind knowing that their wishes will be met should they not be able to make their own treatment decisions.”

“As staunch advocates for the patients we serve and our profession, we support legislation that empowers patients to plan in advance for the unforeseen and unimaginable. This bill would encourage Medicare beneficiaries to create advance directives to ensure individuals have provided clear guidance to their medical providers and family members about their health care decisions. This is why ANA applauds the reintroduction of the Medicare Choices Empowerment and Protection Act,” said ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN.

The bill is supported by the National Right to Life Committee, Coalition to Transform Advanced Care, National Partnership for Hospice Innovation, American Nurses Association, Third Way, Healthwise, MyDirectives, Center for Practical Bioethics, Get Real Health, Coordinated Care Health Network, Cerner and Altarium, American College of Emergency Physicians, and Zen Hospice.

The full text of the bill is available here.

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ICYMI: Rep. Black Talks Budget on "America's News HQ" in Nashville, TN

2017/07/03

Washington, D.C. –  Over the weekend, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) joined Elizabeth Prann on “America’s News HQ” in Nashville, TN to discuss Budget priorities, challenges and mandatory spending.

Some highlights below:

“One penny is all I’m asking for on each dollar – and that can be done because it will save this country for our children and grandchildren.”

“Tax reform is very important in our country; to get the country moving again, to get our economy moving.”

“It also is our Constitutional requirement to pass a budget. So it’s listening to each member and trying to decide where it is that we can find that sweet spot, and I believe that we are getting there.”

Click HERE to watch the full interview.

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 40 years, she serves as Chairman of the House Budget Committee and a member of the Ways and Means Committee.

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VIDEO: Rep. Black Urges Tough Action on Sanctuary Cities

2017/06/29


To watch Rep. Black’s remarks on the House floor, click HERE.

 

Washington, D.C. –  Today, the House of Representatives passed two bills cracking down on dangerous sanctuary city policies. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a member of the House Border Security Caucus and author of the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, spoke on the House floor in support of the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act and Kate’s Law, which passed the House with bipartisan support. To watch a video of her remarks, click here. A transcript is provided below:

Mister Speaker, across the country, more than 300 municipalities have adopted policies to limit local law enforcement cooperation with federal authorities, making it harder to keep our families and our communities safe.

Back in my home state of Tennessee, the Nashville City Council has recently been advancing legislation to become a sanctuary city.

Giving federal funds to sanctuary cities defies logic, and it demands action.

Yesterday, I offered an amendment to expand the bill before us today, so that sanctuary cities would no longer have access to Community Development Block Grants and certain other economic development grant programs that send more than $3 billion taxpayer dollars a year to local communities.

You see, it’s not only the Justice Department and Homeland Security grants this bill would block that support local law enforcement and public safety.

On its website, the Community Development Block Grant program says its purpose is to provide services to vulnerable communities and address issues that “pose an immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community.”

What population is more vulnerable than the six-year-old girl in Lebanon, TN, who was sexually molested while she was sleeping?

Just last month, charges were brought against a criminal illegal immigrant for repeatedly breaking into her room at night and making videos while he assaulted her.  This evil individual had been in police custody before. 

For Kate Steinle, who the House is also remembering today, her killer had a criminal record of not one, or two, or three, but SEVEN felonies. 

He had been deported not once, or twice, or three times, but FIVE times!

Is that who liberal legislators around the country want to give “sanctuary?”

We need more communication and cooperation between local, state, and federal law enforcement officers who are trying to keep our communities safe, not less.

It’s time to stop giving tax dollars to these cities, and I’m voting for this bill today to do just that.

I yield back the balance of my time.

Click here for more information on Kate’s Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act.

 

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 40 years, she serves as Chairman of the House Budget Committee and a member of the Ways and Means Committee.

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Rep. Black Statement on Metro Council’s Plan to Withdraw Immigration Ordinances

2017/06/29

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) responded to Nashville Metro Council’s plans to withdraw two pieces of controversial immigration legislation. Following the legal opinion of one of Nashville’s top attorney’s, opposition from Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall and pressure from state leaders, the bills are planned to be tabled. Black released the following statement:

“After Metro’s own legal director determined that both of these ordinances were found to be in violation of the law, it’s only right that the Council made plans to table this legislation. Limiting the cooperation of local law enforcement with federal officials places the safety of citizens at risk and restricts the ability of officers to secure their communities. Withdrawing these bills is a good start to holding jurisdictions across the country responsible for illegal immigrants breaking federal law. The U.S. House of Representatives will be voting today on Kate’s Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act to strengthen public safety by combating dangerous sanctuary policy that permit criminals to walk free. It’s far past time to protect our families and it is my hope that these two bills provide the avenue to do so.”

See Congressman Black’s earlier statements here and here.

Click here for more information on Kate’s Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act.

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 40 years, she serves as Chairman of the House Budget Committee and a member of the Ways and Means Committee.

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Rep. Black Statement on Repeal of WOTUS: A Win for Landowners

2017/06/29

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement in response to Administrator Scott Pruitt’s decision to roll back the Waters of the United States rule:

“The Waters of the United States rule went far beyond the scope of the Clean Water Act and gave the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers new jurisdiction over ditches, ponds, prairie potholes, flood plains and other features that were never intended to be regulated under the law,” said Congressman Black. “This Obama-era regulation has led to new costs and uncertainty for landowners. I’m thankful that Administrator Pruitt is rolling back this overreaching rule and removing yet another radical environmental restriction against the private property rights of landowners.”

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 40 years, she serves as Chairman of the House Budget Committee and a member of the Ways and Means Committee.

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Nashville Attorney: Metro Council Immigration Ordinance is Not Enforceable

2017/06/27

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement in response to the findings of Metro’s legal director that legislation proposed in the Nashville City Council restricting the local sheriff from cooperating with federal law authorities is not enforceable:

“Nashville’s own attorney says that the Metro Council cannot legally bar Sheriff Daron Hall from cooperating with federal law officers to protect the community from dangerous criminal illegal immigrants. Nashville legislators’ attempts to aid illegal immigrants at the expense of Tennessee families is a violation of the City’s duty to follow federal law,” said Congressman Black. “As the U.S. House of Representatives votes on Kate’s Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act this week, I suggest that all local governments redouble their efforts to comply with federal immigration laws and secure their communities. Too many families have already suffered at the hands of criminal illegal immigrants, many of whom have been released time and again despite committing serious crimes. Enough is enough.”

See Congressman Black’s earlier statement regarding the Metro Council’s vote to pass two bills obstructing federal immigration law here.

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 40 years, she serves as Chairman of the House Budget Committee and a member of the Ways and Means Committee.

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Rep. Black Floor Speech on H.R. 3164 Medicare Part B

2017-07-25 20:35:49


Rep. Black Floor Speech in Support of No Sanctuary For Criminals Act

2017-06-29 19:07:04


Rep. Black Offers Amendment at Rules Committee To Ban Billions From Sanctuary Cities

2017-06-27 21:10:21


Rep. Black Honors The Life Of Legend Pat Summitt

2017-06-23 16:18:46


Rep. Black Joins Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business To Talk Health Care

2017-05-03 13:38:09


Rep. Black Honors 100 Years of Women in Congress

2017-04-05 20:58:01


Rep. Black's Opening Statement on the American Health Care Act

2017-03-24 17:09:13


Black on Fox News: "We Don't Have A Choice" But to Repeal Obamacare

2017-03-11 19:12:06


Rep. Black Talks Obamacare Repeal with Judy Woodruff on PBS NewsHour

2017-03-11 00:25:50


Rep. Black: If You Want to Repeal Obamacare, This is the Way to Do It

2017-03-10 17:39:36


Rep. Black on WBIR: We're Witnessing an Obamacare "Implosion" in Tennessee

2017-02-22 18:48:21


Rep. Black Pushes to Overturn 11th Hour Obama Rule Propping Up Planned Parenthood

2017-02-16 19:34:23


Black Fights to Overturn Obama Rule Forcing States to Fund Planned Parenthood

2017-02-14 22:50:05


Rep. Black Fights to Defund Planned Parenthood: "This is An Abortion Enterprise"

2017-02-07 18:23:22


Rep. Black Joins Laura Ingraham to Talk Trump's First 100 Days, House Budget Plans

2017-02-02 16:55:09


Rep. Black Talks Obamacare Repeal, Tax Reform with Larry Kudlow

2017-01-30 16:21:48


Rep. Black Leads Debate in Support of No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

2017-01-24 20:36:50


Rep. Black Challenges Dems on Opposition to No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

2017-01-24 18:40:52


Rep. Black Leads Debate on Resolution Paving Way for Obamacare Repeal

2017-01-13 20:44:20


Rep. Black Named Interim Budget Committee Chairman

2017-01-04 18:13:32


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As a nurse, small businesswoman and former educator, Congressman Diane Black brings a unique and dynamic perspective to her work in Congress. Diane’s faith in America’s promise was shaped from an early age. The middle daughter of working-class, Great Depression era parents, Diane saw firsthand their efforts to create a better life for their children through their pursuit of the American Dream.

First elected to Congress in 2010, Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District, which includes 19 counties in middle Tennessee. Black is driven by her Christian faith and an unwavering commitment to restore fiscal sanity in Washington, enact market-based health care reform, and return America to its founding principles of limited government and a strong free enterprise system.

Black serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and has quickly established herself as a leader in the efforts to fundamentally reform the U.S. tax code for the first time in over 25 years. Black is fighting for a flatter, fairer and simpler tax code to help create the conditions for economic growth, job creation, and higher wages for American workers. In the 113th Congress, Black was selected to chair the Ways and Means Education and Family Benefits Tax Reform Working Group.

Through her over 40 years of experience working in the health care field, Black learned first-hand about the importance of high-quality care and the obstacles faced by patients, health care providers and employers. Black’s real world experiences as a nurse have uniquely positioned her as a credible and effective leader on health care policy in Congress. She is focused on dismantling the president’s health care law and advancing true market-based, patient-centered reforms that will bring down the rising cost of care by increasing private sector competition and consumer choice. In the 112th Congress, Black was the first member of Congress to have legislation signed into law that repeals a health care provision in Obamacare, which saved taxpayers $13 billion dollars.

Black is also a member of the House Budget Committee, and a co-author of the 2014 Path to Prosperity budget, which balances the federal budget within ten years, reduces federal spending by $4.6 trillion, saves Medicare for future generations and promotes private sector economic growth. Black is a firm believer that getting America’s fiscal house in order also requires serious reforms of the broken Congressional Budget process. That is why she introduced the Legally Binding Budget Act, H.R. 1868, and has been a leading advocate for initiatives such as the Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution and the No Budget, No Pay Act, H.R. 325, which withholds pay from Congress if an annual budget is not passed by the legal deadline.

Building off her work in the Tennessee legislature as a pro-life leader, Black has continued to fight for the rights of the unborn. Her first piece of legislation in the 113th Congress, H.R. 217, would block any Title X federal funding from going to organizations that perform abortions, such as Planned Parenthood. Black is also the sponsor of the Health Care Conscience Rights Act, H.R. 940, legislation that would protect the religious freedom of health care providers who refuse to perform abortions and offers full exemption from the Health and Human Services (HHS) employee healthcare mandate that requires coverage for abortion inducing drugs.

Black and her husband of over 30 years, Dr. David Black have three grown children and six grandchildren.  They live in Gallatin and attend Community Church in Hendersonville.


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