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  • 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

  • Upton Votes to Lower Prescription Drug Costs
    Posted in Press Releases on September 25, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in voting to advance S. 2554, the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act and S. 2553, the Know the Lowest Price Act of 2018. Upton released the following statement: “Today we took bipartisan action to lower drug costs for patients. Folks here in Southwest Michigan should have access to transparent pricing information. In other words, your pharmacist should be able to tell you if there is a cheaper way... Read more

  • Upton Urges Immediate Bipartisan Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act
    Posted in Press Releases on September 10, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, recently joined colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in sending a letter to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy urging an immediate, bipartisan reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Upton supported the original VAWA in 1994 and has voted for every subsequent bipartisan reauthorization since (2000, 2005, and 2013). “Programs authorized and funded under VAWA work to protect girls, boys, men, and wome... Read more

  • Upton Announces Grant to Reduce Domestic & Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, & Stalking on Campus
    Posted in Press Releases on September 4, 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 Justice Office of Violence Against Women awarded a grant worth $298,698 to Kalamazoo College to reduce domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking on campus. Kalamazoo College, in partnership with the Kalamazoo YWCA and the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety will implement this campus violence against women project. “This local grant will help keep students safe on camp... Read more

  • Upton on Two Local Opioid Grants
    Posted in Press Releases on August 29, 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 White House Drug Policy Office awarded two Fiscal Year 2018 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grant notifications in Southwest Michigan: “These two grants will make a direct impact to help prevent substance abuse among Southwest Michigan kids and teens, particularly when it comes to addictive opioids. Our work to combat the opioid crisis has many facets including going after those who overprescribe, wo... Read more

  • Upton on Pfizer Investment in Kalamazoo County
    Posted in Press Releases on July 24, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Health Care, Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after Pfizer announced a major expansion in Kalamazoo County that is to include the creation of hundreds of good-paying jobs and nearly $500 million in new investments: “This is huge news for our community. Having met directly with Pfizer leadership and other local folks about this a year ago, today truly is a great day. We’re all very excited to see this community partnership prosper. “As CEO Ian Read said himself, this ... Read more

  • Upton Champions Repeal of Medical Device Tax
    Posted in Press Releases on July 24, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in voting to advance H.R. 184, the Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2018. This bipartisan legislation repeals the Medical Device Tax and was passed by a 283 to 132 vote. “Protecting Michigan jobs is a top priority of mine and getting rid of the medical device tax once and for all is critical to Southwest Michigan’s med-tech industry,” said Upton. “As I’ve heard directly, the medical device tax has c... Read more

  • MLive: Stryker shows U.S. Rep. Upton devices targeting opioid epidemic
    Posted in Fred in the News on July 5, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Results for Southwest Michigan

    Stryker shows U.S. Rep. Upton devices targeting opioid epidemic MLive July 3, 2018 PORTAGE, MI -- U.S. Congressman Fred Upton held up a tiny device that looks and acts like a vehicle jack, but instead of getting a car back on the road, it is meant to provide a treatment option for someone with back pain. "It's like a jack on a tire," Upton said during a tour of Stryker Instruments on July 3. The device, which is not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration, elevates compression on the sp... Read more

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