Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, released the following statement after the Senate’s motion to proceed to debate on health care reform.
“The Senate has taken a positive step forward in our efforts to dismantle Obamacare, a law that has been disastrous for American patients and providers. While today’s vote is not by any means the end of this process, it does open the door for further debate. I am grateful that Senator McCain was able to join his colleagues for the vote, and I truly appreciate his leadership in the Senate.
“For seven years Republicans have been committed to ending the harmful effects of Obamacare, and now is the time to fulfill that promise to the American people. As we move forward, I will continue to work toward a better health care system that benefits American patients and those who work in the health care industry, and I urge my fellow Members and Senators to do the same.”
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, yesterday welcomed Chaplain Marshall Dunbar, of Crossroads, Texas, as the Guest Chaplain of the House of Representatives.
“Chaplain Dunbar has an extensive record of service to our country and the North Texas community. I am grateful for all the ways he continues to serve people through his work at Christian Community Action in Lewisville,” said Congressman Burgess. “It was a true honor and privilege to have him lead us in prayer on the House Floor.”
Chaplain Dunbar currently serves as the Vice President of Spiritual Life and Interim Vice President of Programs for Christian Community Action. He previously served our country and North Texas through roles in active military service, law enforcement, and the Department of Homeland Security.
He holds a B.S. in Ministry and Leadership from Dallas Christian College and a M.Div. in Chaplaincy from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, and currently is working toward his Doctor of Ministry degree in Christian Leadership and Spiritual Formation at Dallas Theological Seminary.
A video of Chaplain Dunbar opening the House in prayer is available here.
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL), and Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA), released the following statement after the reintroduction of H.R. 3263. The bill extends the Independence at Home Medical Practice Demonstration Program (IAH) from five to seven years. IAH has proven successful in cutting costs while providing valuable increases in benefits to high-need beneficiaries.
“This is a commonsense program that will help our most vulnerable senior beneficiaries and taxpayers,” said Congressman Burgess said. “Under IAH, high-need patients will continue receiving individual care in the comfort of their homes while providers at hospitals, emergency rooms, and nursing homes are able to spend more free time with their patients. IAH is improving the quality of care and its provider groups are generating significant savings.”
“IAH has a proven track record of keeping people in their homes and helping them get the care they need, all while saving taxpayers money,” said Congresswoman Dingell. “I’m pleased to be working with my colleagues in a bipartisan manner to extend this critical program for two more years.”
“The IAH demonstration focuses on reducing costs where they are the highest and improving care for those with the greatest need, all while protecting the viability of Medicare,” said Congressman Roskam. “The services provided through this demonstration save taxpayer dollars and ensure Americans have convenient access to the care they need.”
“The IAH demonstration improves access, quality of care, and quality of life for our most ill Medicare patients while saving taxpayer dollars,” said Congressman Thompson. “It’s an important program that works and this bipartisan bill will make sure seniors are able to keep taking advantage of it.”
Created in 2010, IAH provides home-based primary care to high-need Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions, helping them to avoid unnecessary hospitalizations, emergency room visits, and nursing home admission. The types of beneficiaries enrolled in IAH currently account for the majority of Medicare costs, and are expected to account for increasing costs over the next 10 years.
In the program’s first year alone, there were both increases in the continuity of care for Medicare beneficiaries and an estimated $25 million in savings. In 2015, the program was extended for an additional two years with bipartisan support. H.R. 3263 builds upon the prior successes of the program’s first five years both by continuing the demonstration program for beneficiaries and by allowing providers to enroll additional beneficiaries in the demonstration.
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, released the following statement on the House’s passage of H.R. 2430, the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 (FDARA), which reauthorizes FDA’s critical user fee programs.“The passage of FDARA ensures that American patients will have access to innovative cures and treatments, and that the United States will maintain its position as a global leader in medical innovation. This legislation is a big win for patients and the millions of Americans who work in the health care sector. Enactment of FDARA will ensure that groundbreaking treatments, drugs, and devices will reach patients sooner, undoubtedly saving lives and improving care.”
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, will hold the 2017 Energy Summit & Fair on Saturday, July 15, at the University of North Texas’ Discovery Park Campus.
The Energy Summit will convene local leaders and industry experts who will highlight steps North Texans can take to become more energy efficient and reduce their energy costs. The event also will feature a fair with booths providing energy-related information and resources, as well as displays featuring fuel efficient vehicles.
“We must all do our part to become more energy efficient and strive for an energy-independent America,” Congressman Burgess said. “The Energy Summit & Fair is an opportunity to hear from experts discussing the future of energy in America, as well as practical ways to conserve energy and reduce costs in North Texas. This annual event ensures residents of the 26th District are kept up-to-date and informed on how to save the most.”
2017 Energy Summit & Fair
Saturday, July 15, 2017
8:00am to 12:00pm
University of North Texas • Discovery Park
3940 N. Elm Street • Denton, TX 76207
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Congressman Patrick Tiberi (R-OH), and Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA) issued the following statement after the introduction of H.R. 3120. This legislation will amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to reduce the volume of future electronic health record-related significant hardship requests.
“Electronic health records place an enormous burden on physicians, and have failed to live up to their promise to improve health care delivery for patients. Unfortunately, current law places an arbitrary requirement on the Secretary of Health and Human Services to impose an increasingly stringent burden on physicians’ use of these records systems,” said Congressman Burgess. “This bipartisan legislation provides a common-sense solution for a burden that negatively impacts both patients and providers, resulting in better care.”
“This legislation represents a commonsense step to ease burdens on medical providers and improve patient care,” said Congresswoman Dingell. “It will allow HHS to continue to improve the use of electronic medical records, which can save time, improve accuracy and lead to better patient outcomes, without placing an undue burden on those who deliver care.”
“Our bipartisan bill will ease burdens on providers and streamline reporting processes so that they can focus on what they do best—care for their patients. This is a needed solution that is an important part in our efforts to transition to a better patient-centered health care system,” said Congressman Tiberi.
“I’m glad to collaborate with my colleagues on this commonsense, bipartisan fix. Electronic health records have great potential to improve care coordination and patient outcomes. This measure will help to ensure that health providers aren’t unduly burdened by reporting measures that don’t improve care quality,” said Congressman Thompson.
You can read the bill here.
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, issued the following statement after the Subcommittee on Health held a bipartisan briefing on rising rates of maternal mortality across the United States.
“Yesterday the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a bipartisan member briefing to learn more about the rising rates of maternal mortality in America. The death of a new or expecting mother is a tragic event that devastates everyone involved. Having spent nearly three decades as an OB-GYN, I believe it should be a national goal to eliminate all preventable maternal mortality—even a single maternal death is too many. As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, I will continue to seek solutions for this serious problem that we simply cannot ignore.
“I would like to thank Vicki McGuire, a nurse who almost lost her life in childbirth and who provided us with a patient perspective, Dr. William Callaghan, Chief of the Maternal and Infant Health Branch at CDC, Dr. Haywood Brown, the current President of ACOG, Dr. Gary Hankins, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Texas, and Dr. Peter Bernstein, Program Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, for participating in this productive conversation.”
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After spending nearly three decades practicing medicine in North Texas I have served the constituents of the 26th District since 2003 in the United States House of Representatives.
I currently serve on the prestigious House Energy and Commerce Committee and in the 113th Congress, 2013 and 2014, will serve as the Vice Chairman of both the Subcommittee on Health and the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, and as a member of the Energy and Power Subcommittee. In addition, I am a member of the Rules Committee and the Helsinki Commission. In 2009, I founded, and currently serve as Co-Chair of the Congressional Health Caucus.
Because of my medical background, I have been a strong advocate for health care legislation aimed at reducing health care costs, improving choices, reforming liability laws to put the needs of patients first, and ensuring there are enough doctors in the public and private sector to care for America’s patients and veterans. I have played an important role in bipartisan efforts to ensure the safety of food, drugs, and consumer products, and have introduced legislation to strengthen our ability to stop dangerous products from coming into the country.
As a Member of Congress representing one of the fastest growing areas of the country, transportation is also a top priority. In 2005, I successfully amended the Highway Bill to include development credits, design-build, and environmental streamlining. During my time on Capitol Hill, I have worked to build, maintain, and improve the safety of our roads, bridges, air service, and transit in the North Texas region.
A fiscal conservative, I believe Americans deserve a federal government that is more efficient, effective, less costly, and always transparent. I follow a strict adherence to the Constitution, and oppose unnecessary expansion of the federal government’s control over Americans’ personal freedoms. Instead, I believe in giving people more control over their lives and their money.
During my time on Capitol Hill, I have earned a reputation as a problem-solver who seeks sensible solutions to the challenges Americans face and have received several awards including: the Guardian of Small Business award by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB); the Spirit of Enterprise award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and the Taxpayer Hero award from the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste; among others.
Today, I represent the majority of Denton County, and parts of Dallas County and Tarrant County. I was raised in Denton, and attended The Selwyn School, graduating in 1968 as valedictorian. In addition, I graduated with both an undergraduate and a master’s degree from North Texas State University, now the University of North Texas.
I received my M.D. from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, and completed my residency programs at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. I also received a master’s degree in Medical Management from the University of Texas at Dallas, and in May of 2009 was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Public Service from the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center.
My wife, Laura, and I have been married for 39 years. We have three children and two grandsons.
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