Washington, D.C. – Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) issued the following statement after the announcement from the Kansas Board of Regents naming Dr. Douglas Girod the next Chancellor of the University of Kansas:
“The Board of Regents made a wonderful choice in Dr. Girod. I’ve had the privilege of getting to know him well through our work together in building the research capabilities at KU Med through funding at the National Institutes of Health. His character and personality are even more impressive than his lengthy resume. He’s a proven leader and a great man for the job of leading the next generation of Jayhawks. Rock Chalk Chancellor Girod!”
Washington, D.C. – Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) issued the following statement following the news that Blue Cross Blue Shield of KC is pulling out of Obamacare in 2018:
“With today's news, there will be no insurance option at all for tens of thousands of families unless a new provider enters the market. This news is a devastating blow for Kansans who won’t get to keep their plans or their doctors next year. Congress must continue its rescue mission to fix our broken health care system, and provide working families the relief they need – bringing insurers back to the marketplace, lowering costs, and increasing access to care."
Earlier today, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City announced it has decided to exit the Obamacare exchange next year, affecting about 37,000 Blue KC members in Wyandotte County and Johnson County. Medica is the only insurer that stands to offer Obamacare plans in 2018, but currently it caps statewide enrollment at 10,000.
Washington, D.C. – This morning, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) discussed the value of crop insurance for farmers around the country with USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue in the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture.
Secretary Perdue agreed with Representative Yoder that crop insurance is an integral part of protecting farmers and their risk-taking.
To watch a video of the hearing, click here.
Following is the exchange between Rep. Yoder and Secretary Perdue transcribed:
“Thank you Mr. Chairman.
“Mr. Secretary thanks for your testimony today. I know you have a big task ahead of you trying to balance the needs of a growing economy, and a world that depends on American agriculture. We’re the most efficient, effective producing agriculture country in the world, so as goes America so goes the rest of the world. Your work is critical to feeding so many people and we have such a charitable mission here, many of us are aware of the work we do around the globe, sending food aid to nations supporting so many hungry people and part of that is making sure we have a strong agriculture economy here in the United States.
“I grew up on a farm in Kansas and believe so strongly that our farmers are the core of what makes America great, their values, their work ethic, and what they do is essential to what makes America such a strong country. So I have a couple questions I want to ask you about.
“In the 2014 farm bill, we made a number of reductions and the president signed into law – 80% of the farm bill is the SNAP program – farmers took a very disproportionate share of the reductions in spending cuts in that bill. One of the programs that we found that was very important for farmers repeatedly discussed with us is the crop insurance program.
“I noted in the president’s budget request a 36% reduction over 10 years for crop insurance and I thought I would give you the chance to discuss the value of crop insurance and how you might see these reductions going and how important it is to maintain this program to keep a safety net for farmers. I’d also note that the agriculture economy is really struggling right now. You know, I grew up in the 80s where we saw a lot of our neighbors go bankrupt and we worried the same thing was going to happen to us. In 2017, commodity prices aren’t where they need to be so this safety net is critical for farmers who are struggling to maintain their farms at this point.
“Sir I think you won’t get any disagreement from me regarding the value of crop insurance.
“As part of that safety net, the 2014 farm bill was very wise in its construct in moving away from the direct payments into an ARC and PLC type-program. I side with crop insurance giving much of the responsibility providing for that safety net to the farmers themselves, as you indicated the budget retools that crop insurance sometimes with some means testing and other things there that reduce that.
“We know that farming is a very expensive enterprise today. Farmers when you grew up, and certainly when I grew up, you might could feed a family of four and put some kids through college on maybe 360 acres, it’s almost ten times that much now, so it’s bigger. Farming is expensive and has a lot of risk involved in it. I doubt many of us today would want to put all of our equity in the ground looking for a seed to come up each year.
“We know the dedication of them and our nation is a beneficiary of their risk-taking and those values you described. Crop insurance is an integral part of that.
“How we right size that, I think the goal of the farm bill, these are obviously policies you know will really be determined in the 2018 farm bill, from a budget perspective there will be a lot of these discussions going forward. My principle goal as USDA secretary is advise and consult you all as you deal with the farm bill, programs that let the market determine what people plan. They shouldn’t be planning for USDA programs or agriculture programs, but let the market determine the ability to move among and create products and produce products the world is asking for, rather than farming for a particular program. A little bit of that, the farm bill has worked essentially very well, there are a few issues this congress that your chairman knows, in cotton and dairy that have not been successful. But overall I think it’s been a successful farm bill.”
Washington, D.C. – Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s unveiling of its FY18 Budget titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness:”
“As everyone reviews the President’s budget blueprint, it’s important to remember the power of the purse rests with Congress. I share President Trump’s goal of providing the American people with a more efficient and effective federal government. However, as with any Administration, Congress will agree with some priorities and disagree with others.
“The standard we’ll use in Congress when identifying what programs to cut or eliminate is whether or not they are effectively serving the American people. Programs like research at the National Institutes of Health, the Violence Against Women Prevention program, the Head Start program, crop insurance for our farmers – these are all vitally important and must be preserved. Since I’ve come to Congress, we’ve succeeded in keeping effective programs in place, while at the same time reducing overall spending. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee to continue to ensure our taxpayer dollars are being invested wisely.”
Markets over mandates, innovation over regulation, patients over bureaucrats
By Rep. Kevin Yoder
May 10, 2017 | To view online, click here.
We are witnessing the dangerous collapse of Obamacare.
The last insurance provider in Iowa offering plans on Obamacare’s individual marketplace announced it will stop selling them. That means 72,000 Iowans, including those with pre-existing conditions, will have no options for care in 2018. People across dozens of counties in Tennessee face the same fate. About 2.8 million people in more than 1,000 counties across the country are one insurance company pulling out of the market away from having no options. Kansas or Missouri could be next.
Even families who do have coverage in name only through Obamacare face skyrocketing premiums and out-of-pocket costs approaching $13,000. Kansans were stuck with a 42 percent premium increase for 2017.
Under Obamacare, the federal government has regulated competition out of the market, which has ballooned the cost of care, leaving patients with no good options, if any at all.
The choice before us is clear: Move toward socialized medicine or return to personalized medicine.
Rather than giving the federal government full control of health care decisions, lowering the quality of care and costing taxpayers more than $30 trillion over 10 years — what a single payer system will do — I voted to choose markets over mandates, innovation over regulation and patients over bureaucrats.
Lowering the cost of care is the rising tide that will lift all boats. The American Health Care Act takes direct aim at lowering costs by making necessary and immediate repairs to what’s left of the devastated individual marketplace.
For the 93 percent of people who get insurance through employers or the government, coverage likely won’t change.
For the 7 percent of Americans on the individual marketplace, the AHCA provides more choice and competition, leading to lower premiums and greater access to care. It does it by repealing nearly $1 trillion in job-killing taxes driving up the cost of health care and promoting freedom and choice by undoing the regulatory framework centered on the failed individual and employer mandates.
Now, we all know someone with a pre-existing condition, friends and family members who deserve access to affordable coverage like anyone else. That’s why we leave in place Obamacare’s rules preventing insurance providers from denying coverage or charging more expensive rates based on health status.
Health care decisions are best made by those who understand each state’s unique patient population, not bureaucrats in Washington. If a state can show more innovative solutions to protect individuals with pre-existing conditions, it can tailor-make its own regulations in certain instances. However, as long as you have continuous coverage, you cannot be charged more for a pre-existing condition in any state, waiver or not. And even those Americans with gaps in coverage will find their plans heavily subsidized to ensure affordable care for all.
Allowing states to innovate has to be part of any solution to our health care needs. No longer can we expect a one-size-fits-all health care system to create the solutions we need to lower costs.
Look at Maine, which implemented a successful invisible risk-sharing program that protected people with pre-existing conditions much better than Obamacare. It cut premiums across the board by 50 percent and guaranteed individuals with pre-existing conditions access to the same plans as healthy individuals with no stigma. It’s invisible because you don’t know you’re a part of it. It’s a model for other states to follow.
Too many politicians break their campaign promises. I’ve run on repealing and replacing Obamacare with reforms that lower costs and increase access to care every election. After thoroughly reading and understanding the bill, this is the right thing to do, and I’m keeping my promise by voting yes.
MYTH: The American Health Care Act will price those with preexisting conditions out of the market, making health care unaffordable for them.
FACT: Under the AHCA, rules that prevent insurance providers from denying coverage or charging more expensive rates based on health status remain the law of the land.
If states can show they have new innovative solutions to protect individuals with preexisting conditions in a better way, they can waive out of this regulatory framework ONLY for individuals who have gone more than two months without purchasing insurance. (1)
As long as you have continuous coverage, you CANNOT be charged more based on health status in ANY state. (2)
Even if you have a gap in coverage, insurers can only charge you a higher premium for 12 months, then you are returned to paying the same premiums as everyone else. (3)
On top of the $130 billion investment in risk mitigation programs in the bill, the AHCA devotes $8 billion over five years to further stabilize the premiums of the small subset of people who would be affected. (4)
Washington, D.C. – Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) issued the following statement following the House of Representatives’ vote on the American Health Care Act:
“Today, I cast a vote in favor of fixing our broken health care system, to choose markets over mandates, innovation over regulation, and patients over bureaucrats. There are two questions I answer with respect to every vote on the House floor: is this the right bill for my district and will it make the future of America stronger. The American Health Care Act succeeds on both.
“Obamacare’s big government mandates, taxes, and spending are destroying our health care system today. The last insurance providers are pulling out of Iowa and dozens of counties across Tennessee and Virginia – leaving millions on the individual market with no options for care – and Kansas could be next. The American Health Care Act makes necessary and immediate repairs to the devastated system left in Obamacare’s wake, and will provide more choice, more competition, lower premiums, and greater access to care in the future. It reduces taxes and spending, and lowers federal deficits.
“Let me be clear – no one with preexisting conditions can or will be denied affordable coverage under the AHCA now or ever. In reality, our bill frees states to develop innovative ways to provide them with better coverage than they receive now and invests nearly $140 billion to help them succeed in doing it.
“We are seeing the dangerous collapse of Obamacare play out across the country. Rather than forcing Americans to buy plans they don’t want or can’t afford, regulating insurance providers out of the market altogether, or leaving people with no options to choose from, the AHCA makes the necessary changes to repair our health care system that’s collapsing before our eyes. For these reasons, today I voted yes.”
Washington, D.C. – This afternoon, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives in support of the 2017 Omnibus Funding Bill as the Chairman of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee on Appropriations. The bill passed the House by a vote of 309-118 with Yoder’s support.
Chairman Yoder’s subcommittee is responsible for funding for the offices of Members of the House of Representatives, the support agencies of Congress, security and police forces, services for visitors, and Capitol operations and maintenance. Chairman Yoder’s provisions in the omnibus bill keep spending on the House of Representatives at a level 13 percent below spending before Republicans took control of Congress in 2011.
Following are Rep. Yoder’s remarks, as prepared for delivery:
“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to highlight some of the important provisions in the bipartisan omnibus legislation.
“I want to specifically touch on the needed investments in medical research, education, and our soldiers.
“It matches last year's $2 billion increase in research funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - the largest increase since 2003 - renewing our commitment to science with a 13% increase in research funding over the last two years.
“It improves access to education by increases funding for the Head Start program and restores year-round Pell Grants.
“It invests $25 billion to rebuild our military for the 21st century and gives our troops the largest pay raise in six years.
“And Mr. Speaker, as Chairman of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee I’m proud that our bill continues the 13% cuts in spending on Congress since Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in 2011and denies any pay increase for Members of Congress – showing the American people we are leading by example when it comes to fiscal responsibility.
“I urge my colleagues to support the bill, and I yield back.”
To watch a video of Chairman Yoder's remarks, click here.
Overland Park, KS – Today, Representative Yoder (R-KS) heads to Washington, DC as the House of Representatives resumes the legislative session coming off a listening tour featuring 36 stops across the Third District, culminating with the Faith Love and Walk event last night that concluded SevenDays: Make a Ripple, Change the World.
Representative Yoder joined by his staff at Faith Love and Walk with SevenDays founder Mindy Corporon.
Representative Yoder answering questions at a senior town hall forum at Lakeview Village.
“I feel truly reinvigorated every time I get to spend a district work week criss crossing the Third District, listening to Kansans and getting their feedback on what is most important to them,” Representative Yoder said. “Kansans are excited about our economy being on the upswing, and are looking to Congress to help get government out of the way so we can get to the three or four percent growth we need to really put ourselves in a good place. They want tax reform, regulatory reform, health care reform, and immigration reform bills on the president’s desk for signature. They want to keep our borders secure and make sure our military receives the support they need to keep us safe. I look forward to getting back to work on legislation in DC in the coming weeks and advancing their priorities in Congress.”
Over the last week, Yoder visited stops in each of the three counties in the Third District – Johnson, Wyandotte, and Miami – participating in several question and answer forums, sitting down for radio interviews on the issues, touring area businesses, reading to Head Start children, serving lunch at a food kitchen, and much more. He participated in five radio interviews at KMBZ, KCUR, 810 Sports Radio, and KC Cares and hosted a telephone town hall forum with nearly 6,000 constituents participating.
Representative Yoder visiting with volunteers at St. Mary’s Food Kitchen in KCK.
Representatives Cleaver and Yoder answering questions at KCK Chamber’s Congressional Forum.
Full list of stops:
Johnson County Leaders Breakfast
Integrated Animal Health
Menorah Medical Center
KC Cares Radio
Between the Lines with Kevin Kietzman on 810 Sports Radio
Associated Wholesale Grocers Warehouse Tour
AWG Employee Town Hall
KCK Baptist Ministers Union
Lunch with Kansas City Star’s Steve Rose
Tour of City Place Fire Damage
Meeting with Overland Park First Responders
Children’s Mercy Hospital
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City
Telephone Town Hall Forum
Kansas City Morning News with EJ & Ellen on KMBZ Radio
Up to Date on KCUR with Representative Emanuel Cleaver II (D-MO)
Overland Park Chamber of Commerce
Meeting on 21st Century Parkway
Senior Town Hall Forum at Lakeview Village
Project Eagle Heat Start at the Family Conservancy
St. Mary’s Food Kitchen at Wilhelmina Gill Center
Louisburg Chamber of Commerce
City of Louisburg Mayor and City Manager
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City Comida
Truman Library Institute’s Wild About Harry
Kansas City Kansas Chamber of Commerce Congressional Forum with Representative Cleaver
University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little
University of Kansas Provost Neeli Bendapudi
University of Kansas Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Tim Caboni
University of Kansas Student Senate
Leadership Kansas Annual Summit
Kansans for Life
MoveOn.org and IndivisibleKC Leaders
Dana and Parks on KMBZ Radio
SevenDays Faith Love and Walk
Washington, D.C. – Representative Kevin Yoder is now accepting entries from all interested Third Congressional District high school students for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. Since 1982, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition every spring to recognize and encourage artistic talent across the nation. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.
“Each year, I’m amazed by the incredible artwork created by student artists from the Third District,” Representative Yoder said. “I enjoy seeing their talent on display in the United States Capitol hanging with the other Congressional Art competition winners from each district in the country. The quality of art education and programs in the Third District is phenomenal and I’m looking forward to this year’s submissions.”
Artwork must be two-dimensional. Each framed artwork can be no larger than 26” x 26”, including the frame, and up to 4 inches deep. Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork are as follows:
• Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
• Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
• Collages: must be two dimensional.
• Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints.
• Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
• Computer-generated art.
Students may enter more than one piece of art. Interested students should submit entries to Representative Yoder’s District Office located at 7325 W. 79th Street in Overland Park by 5:00 PM on Friday, May 5th. An Arts Advisory Committee made up of artists from around the district will then select the winning entry to be put on display at the U.S. Capitol.
For more information, please call Representative Yoder’s District Office at (913) 621-0832, or visit http://yoder.house.gov/2017-Congressional-Art-Competition.
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Kevin is a 5th generation Kansan who grew up on a grain and livestock farm in rural Kansas near a town called Yoder. It was on the farm where Kevin learned the true value of hard work and where he saw first-hand the ingenuity and prairie spirit that makes Kansas such a special place.
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