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  • ICYMI: Holland Sentinel: Michigan receives $16M in federal funding to battle opioid addiction
    Posted in Fred in the News on April 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    ICYMI: Michigan receives $16M in federal funding to battle opioid addiction By Jordan Climie Holland Sentinel Michigan has received more than $16 million in federal funds to help reduce opioid use and abuse across the state, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley announced today. “The addiction epidemic continues to impact families in every community across our state and across this country,” Calley said. “Michigan is making strides in the fight against addiction and this grant will help us bring those efforts t... Read more

  • Upton: “Help is on the Way” in Opioid Epidemic Fight
    Posted in Press Releases on April 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today applauded the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announcement of the first round of grants to help states and territories combat the opioid epidemic. These grants were made available as part of Upton’s bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act. The $485 million in grants will be administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and will be used towards the prevention and treatment of opioid abuse. “It seems like ev... Read more

  • ICYMI: Upton & DeGette: Drastic Cuts to NIH Would Hamper Progress in Finding Cures
    Posted in Fred in the News on April 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy & Jobs

    ICYMI: Drastic Cuts to NIH Would Hamper Progress in Finding Cures By Rep. Fred Upton and Rep. Diana DeGette Morning Consult The National Institutes of Health is in the business of curing diseases. For more than a century, NIH scientists have improved American lives by making important discoveries that benefit public health. That is why we remain extremely wary of any budget proposals that impose dramatic cuts to NIH. The administration recently requested budget cuts to NIH in fiscal year 2017 an... Read more

  • Upton, Green Introduce Legislation to Improve Cancer Care
    Posted in Press Releases on April 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy & Jobs

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, alongside U.S. Rep. Gene Green, D-Texas, introduced H.R. 1920, a bill that would ensure cancer patients across the country continue to have access to life-saving treatments and care. H.R. 1920 addresses a flawed Medicare reimbursement formula that results in some providers not being adequately paid for their services. “Here in Michigan we have 19 dedicated cancer centers including the Lakeland HealthCare Marie Yeager Cancer Center in St. Joseph,” said Upton. “... Read more

  • Upton and DeGette Urge Administration to Rethink NIH Budget Cuts
    Posted in Press Releases on April 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy & Jobs

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Michigan, and U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colorado, sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney to express opposition to any cuts to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fiscal Year 2017 or 2018 budget. “NIH research saves millions of lives every year making the basic discoveries that allow businesses to develop new treatments, medications, and cures for patients,” write Upton and DeGette. “In FY16, investments in biomedical research directly... Read more

  • Upton Applauds Creation of New Commission to Battle Opioid Addiction
    Posted in Press Releases on March 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy & Jobs

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today applauded the creation of a special commission aimed at battling the ongoing opioid addiction epidemic. “Fighting this tragic opioid epidemic is personal to families in Southwest Michigan and across the country. We need to help those caught in the web of this unforgiving addiction through improving treatment, reforming prescribing practices, and working with our law enforcement. Last Congress, we were able to usher the 21st Century Cures Act into law, wh... Read more

  • Upton Statement on Obamacare Repeal and Replace Efforts
    Posted in Press Releases on March 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy & Jobs

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement in regards to the American Health Care Act (ACHA) – House Republicans’ legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare: “This has not been easy, but as I’ve listened to folks on all sides of this debate one thing is clear: Obamacare has not delivered on countless promises. Clearly, the current system is not working for many. It’s time to fix our healthcare system in a responsible way. To ensure no one has the rug pulled out f... Read more

  • Upton Co-Sponsors Legislation to Protect Patients with Pre-Existing Conditions
    Posted in Press Releases on February 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy & Jobs

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after co-sponsoring H.R. 1121, the Pre-Existing Conditions Protection Act of 2017. “As I’ve traveled across Southwest Michigan this week, listened to folks during tele-town halls, and participated in public forums, I’ve heard a clear message: We need to guarantee our healthcare system works better for all Michiganders. This is why I am committed to protecting patients living with pre-existing conditions. It’s only fair. W... Read more

  • Upton Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Medicaid
    Posted in Press Releases on February 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy & Jobs

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, introduced legislation, H.R. 829, the Prioritizing the Most Vulnerable Over Lottery Winners Act of 2017, in the U.S. House of Representatives that would strengthen Medicaid for those who need it most. “Medicaid is meant to help the most vulnerable amongst us – not high-dollar Lottery winners,” said Upton. “Our common-sense solution would alter how Medicaid eligibility is determined for those lucky enough to hit it big playing the Lottery, while continuing to p... Read more

  • ICYMI: Fred Upton’s 21st Century Cures Act a big win for job growth
    Posted in Fred in the News on January 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy & Jobs

    When speaking about his 21st Century Cures Act, Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, was not only excited about the future of research and medical devices, but the jobs that would come with them. "For Southwest Michigan, the pharmaceutical industry is pretty big," Upton said. "My largest employers are Pfizer, Stryker (Medical). If you see a yellow stretcher in an ambulance, that was made (by Stryker)." Upton has no concerns about the status of his Cures Act, or jobs in general, under a Presiden... Read more