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  • Upton: Second Round of Grants to Fight Opioid Epidemic on The Way
    Posted in Press Releases on April 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the second round of grants to help states and territories combat the opioid epidemic were on the way. Michigan is set to receive $16.3 million in this round of funding. These Opioid State Targeted Response (STR) grants were made available as part of Upton’s 21st Century Cures Act. “This is great news for Michigan. As we all work together to end the trag... Read more

  • Upton, Faso, Dingell, & Esty Lead Bipartisan Push for More Mental Health Funding
    Posted in Press Releases on March 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Reps. Fred Upton, R-Michigan; John Faso, R-New York; Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan; and Elizabeth Esty, D-Connecticut; today led a bipartisan letter, signed by 28 Members of Congress, to leaders of the House Appropriations Committee pushing for more funding and resources to address mental health issues. “Important reforms in the 21st Century Cures Act made mental health services more affordable, provided new funding authorizations for research programs to develop best practices in mental healt... Read more

  • MLive: U.S. Rep. Fred Upton listens to opioid concerns with Kalamazoo panel
    Posted in Fred in the News on March 3, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton listens to opioid concerns with Kalamazoo panel By Brad Deveraux March 3, 2018 MLive KALAMAZOO, MI -- U.S. Rep Fred Upton, his eyes welling with tears, talked about how everyone is impacted by the opioid crisis. "We all know somebody. My family too," Upton said. During a panel discussion and listening session Friday, March 2, at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, Upton listened to stories from people in the community and talked about pieces of... Read more

  • ICYMI: Prioritize alternatives to addictive painkillers to fight opioid crisis
    Posted in Op-Eds on March 2, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Results for Southwest Michigan

    Prioritize alternatives to addictive painkillers to fight opioid crisis By: U.S. Rep. Fred Upton and U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell March 2, 2018 Detroit Free Press The numbers are shocking. It’s estimated that more than 1,000 men and women are treated in emergency rooms daily for misusing prescription painkillers; and as a nation, we’re spending more than $500 billion annually in health and social costs to combat this epidemic. While opioid abuse and addiction continues to damage the lives of million... Read more

  • Upton Supports Efforts to Fight Online Sex Trafficking
    Posted in Press Releases on February 27, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Health Care, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined the majority of his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in voting to advance H.R. 1865, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), by a bipartisan 388 to 25 vote. “Online sex trafficking is a heinous crime that tragically occurs on a daily basis. Enough,” said Upton. “This legislation will provide news tools for our law enforcement officials to prosecute criminal websites that knowingly facilitate illegal... Read more

  • Detroit News: Bill would boost efforts to find opioid alternatives
    Posted in Fred in the News on February 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    Bill would boost efforts to find opioid alternatives Melissa Burke February 15, 2018 Detroit News A bipartisan bill in the U.S. House introduced Thursday by a pair of Michigan lawmakers aims to spur research at the National Institutes of Health that could develop a painkiller that isn’t addictive. The effort by Reps. Fred Upton and Debbie Dingell would give the NIH more flexibility in its authority to collaborate with companies to do “high impact cutting-edge” research on ways to prevent, treat ... Read more

  • Upton, Dingell Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Address Opioid Epidemic, Spur Development of Non-Addictive Pain Medication
    Posted in Press Releases on February 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Results for Southwest Michigan

    – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, and U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan, today introduced legislation to address the opioid epidemic by spurring urgently needed research on new non-addictive pain medications. Twenty-five million Americans suffer from pain every day, and it is essential that non-addictive medications are available to them. H.R. 5002, the Advancing Cutting-Edge (ACE) Research Act provides the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with new, flexible authorities to conduct inno... Read more

  • Upton Applauds Passage of Athlete Safety Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on January 29, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Government Reform & Oversight

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, tonight applauded the passage of S. 534 the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017. This bipartisan legislation advanced by a vote of 406 to 3. Upton released the following statement: “Our young athletes should be focused on training, competing, and winning – not sexual predators or heinous acts of abuse. The crimes committed by Dr. Larry Nassar are heartbreaking and intolerable. We must ensure something like this c... Read more

  • Upton Votes to Fund Government (Again)
    Posted in Press Releases on January 22, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined the majority of his House colleagues in voting to, again, fund the government. Upton released the following statement: “Finally this unnecessary government shutdown is over. As a member of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus we spent the weekend working to come up with a solution. Tonight, we reauthorized the critical CHIP program for six years, the longest reauthorization in the program’s history, and we repealed the Medical Device Tax which is... Read more

  • House Advances Six Year Reauthorization of CHIP
    Posted in Press Releases on January 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, joined the majority of his House colleagues in voting to advance legislation to fund the government and to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years – the longest such extension in the programs history. Upton released the following statement: “CHIP is a critically important public health initiative that serves the most vulnerable among us. It helps tens of thousands of children in Michigan alone. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to... Read more

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