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  • We're making progress in the opioid crisis, but there's more to do
    Posted in Op-Eds on October 17, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Results for Southwest Michigan

    Published by: The Herald Palladium By: Fred Upton No community is immune and all too many of us have experienced the devastation and loss firsthand caused by the opioid epidemic. Make no mistake. The opioid crisis cuts through all demographics, races and socioeconomic statuses. Many of us know somebody who’s died. My family too. It’s hard to talk about, but it’s important we do. This is a national issue that will have a lasting impact on so many of us for generations to come. Just look at the nu... Read more

  • Upton’s opening remarks at Full Committee Markup
    Posted in Committee Statements on October 17, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, DC – Energy Subcommittee Republican Leader Fred Upton (R-MI) delivered the following opening remarks today at a full committee markup, highlighting his concerns over HR 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019. Remarks as Prepared for Delivery “MR CHAIRMAN. Every member in this room has been hearing from our constituents about the high cost of drugs. We passed legislation earlier this year to address several major causes of high prices, including increasing transparency and ending pra... Read more

  • ICYMI: Washington Post reports that NIH awards nearly $1 billion in research grants to battle addiction, chronic pain
    Posted in Press Releases on September 30, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today celebrated the National Institute of Health’s announcement that it is funding $945 million in research to combat the national opioid crisis. That funding will be provided to nearly 375 projects in 41 states, including a project at Western Michigan University. “I’m proud to see the NIH continue its efforts to help fight the opioid epidemic that has ravaged a number of communities here in southwest Michigan and across our nation,” Upton ... Read more

  • Upton, DeGette: 21st Century Cures offers hope for patients and families across the country
    Posted in Press Releases on July 10, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Fred Upton (R-MI) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) today issued the following statement to mark the four-year anniversary of their historic 21st Century Cures Act first passing the U.S. House of Representatives on July 10, 2015. “From the moment we introduced 21st Century Cures to its passage in the House four years ago today, our focus has always been on helping patients and their families. In crafting this legislation, we sought to advance medical research, fost... Read more

  • Upton votes for legislation to lower drug prices
    Posted in Press Releases on May 8, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Health Care, Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today voted to pass H.R. 1503, the Orange Book Transparency Act of 2019, and H.R. 1520, the Purple Book Continuity Act of 2019, legislation aimed at lowering the cost of generic drugs and boosting competition in the market place. “Drug prices are too expensive for too many Americans. We know that, and I’m glad that Congress is taking some important steps to help reduce the cost of prescription drugs,” Upton said. “But we do have more to do, ... Read more

  • Upton joins Sarbanes, Stefanik, and Tonko to introduce bill to Reauthorize School-Based Health Centers
    Posted in Press Releases on April 3, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Education, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined Representatives John Sarbanes (D-Md.), Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), and Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) to introduce bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the School-Based Health Centers program through 2024 and provide SBHCs with the federal support they need to continue delivering valuable, low-cost health care to students across the country. School-based health centers reach more than two million children and adolescents in over 2,000 SBHCs across the nation, ... Read more

  • Trump's push to dismantle Obamacare divides Michigan Republicans
    Posted in Fred in the News on April 1, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Trump's push to dismantle Obamacare divides Michigan Republicans Detroit News April 1, 2019 Washington — President Donald Trump's renewed push to undo the Affordable Care Act is being criticized by Democrats and some Republican lawmakers in Michigan, who say the move could strip people of health care protections they depend on. The decision came as Democrats in the U.S. House introduced legislation to improve President Barack Obama's health care law, following failed GOP attempts to repeal the l... Read more

  • Upton & DeGette Mark Second Anniversary of 21st Century Cures Act Becoming Law
    Posted in Press Releases on December 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Michigan, and U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colorado, today released the following statement on the second anniversary of the 21st Century Cures Act being signed into law by President Barack Obama: “21st Century Cures began with the spark of hope and continues today – pushing medical research in new and innovative ways. “We’re already seeing the results in action: The Beau Biden Cancer Moonshot is working to accelerate progress in cancer prevention and screening, the All of ... Read more

  • Upton, Dingell Take Action to Protect Seniors from Impoverishment Due to Long-Term Care Costs
    Posted in Press Releases on November 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Results for Southwest Michigan

    Today, Representatives Fred Upton (R-MI) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) introduced bipartisan legislation to extend financial protections to seniors who receive long-term care in their home or a community setting. Medicaid – the primary payer for long-term care, services, and supports – includes protections to prevent a spouse from depleting all their financial resources due to a significant others’ long-term care needs. In order to maintain Medicaid eligibility, beneficiaries with a family member ne... Read more

  • Upton Champions Groundbreaking Opioids Package
    Posted in Press Releases on September 28, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, passed the U.S. House. H.R. 6 is a bipartisan, bicameral agreement and is expected to be signed into law soon. Upton recently held a bipartisan opioids listening session at the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker, M.D. School of Medicine. There, he heard from local stakeholders such as Jeff Patton, CEO of Kalamazoo County Mental Health and Substance Abuse S... Read more

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