"The people of Louisiana deserve a health care system that works for them, and I am committed to expanding access to affordable, patient-centered coverage that allows all Americans to have the freedom and flexibility to choose health care that fits their unique needs."
America’s health care system is broken. For too long, government interference has stifled innovation, restricted access to new treatments, and limited the free market. Overregulation has created an expensive and inflexible system that focuses more on bureaucracy and payment-processing than patients and doctors.
Americans deserve a health care system that works for them. We must give choice back to the American people, and allow them the freedom and flexibility to choose healthcare that fits their unique needs. As Congress works to expand affordable, patient-centered health insurance choices for all Americans, it is imperative that we also ensure access to coverage, regardless of age, income, pre-existing conditions, or circumstances, and encourage marketplace competition and the development of life-saving drugs, devices, and therapies.
Please know that I will support legislation that encourages marketplace competition so that every Louisianan has access to affordable health insurance options. It is also critical that we reduce unnecessary federal regulations on the health industry to encourage the development of life-saving devices and therapies. Additionally, we must always uphold our commitment to aging Americans by protecting Medicare.
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Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced two grants today from USDA Rural Development that will fund the expansion of telehealth services in South Louisiana.
The first grant, totaling $272,900, will be issued to Lafayette General Health and will support the expansion of the South Louisiana Telehealth Network to include 18 public schools in Acadia Parish, eight public schools in Vermilion Parish, and two public schools in St. Martin Parish serving 27,000 students combined. It will also include three parish jails impacting 5,000 inmates.
Congressman Clay Higgins got a closer look at healthcare in Acadiana on Friday. Higgins toured Lafayette General Health and met with the hospital's administrators.
At a press conference Friday, neither Congressman Higgins nor LGH President David Callecod could ignore the fact that healthcare is a hot topic on both the state and federal level.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that Lafayette General Health Systems will receive a $311,356 grant to fund the expansion of telehealth services in Acadiana.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is issuing the rural development grant that will support expansion of the South Louisiana Telehealth Network with hubs in Lafayette, Breaux Bridge, Crowley, and Kaplan and will connect to 30 end-user sites located in Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Landry, and Vermilion parishes.
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3922, the Championing Healthy Kids Act, which extends funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for five years. The bill also extends funding for Federally Qualified Health Centers and other public health programs for two years.
Congressman Clay Higgins issued the following statement:
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Wednesday that it would not finalize a rule that would have jeopardized delivery of home health services nationwide.
WASHINGTON D.C. - Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement about his support for H.R. 1628 - The American Health Care Act of 2017.
“For seven years, Obamacare has devoured itself, collapsing and leaving American families with fewer choices, higher premiums, and crushing deductibles. Today, we fulfilled a promise to the American people to restore the free market and provide greater access to cost-effective health insurance.
The American Health Care Act:
I am greatly encouraged by the new VA Secretary David Shulkin's plans to give Veterans greater access to private care. As a member of the VA Committee, I had the opportunity to ask Sec. Shulkin about funding for Family Care Givers.
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