Health Care

Long statement on Rep. Tom Price being nominated as Secretary of Health and Human Services

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Congressman Billy Long (MO-07) issued the following statement today regarding President-elect Donald Trump’s announcement that he would nominate Congressman Tom Price (GA-06) as his Secretary of Health and Human Services.“I am proud to see one of my closest friends in Congress, Rep. Tom Price, nominated as Secretary of Health and Human Services,” said Rep. Long. “With Tom’s background in the medic... Read more »

Long takes part in roundtable discussions with local health and business leaders

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Congressman Billy Long (MO-07) visited leaders at Springfield's Cox Health and Arvest Bank today to take part in roundtable discussions. At these stops, the Congressman gave these stakeholders a Washington update and briefed them on issues impacting their industries like America's opioid epidemic and his ENFORCE trade bill."In order to do the best job serving folks here at home, it's important to ... Read more »

Long: Delay OCH agreement termination until appeal decided

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Congressman Billy Long (MO-07) and Senator Roy Blunt (MO) today penned a bicameral letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andrew Slavitt requesting that the agency delay the termination of their Medicare provider agreement with Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) until the final result of the hospital’s appeal.“Hundreds of Southwest Missouri medical professiona... Read more »

Long supports passage of landmark mental health legislation

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Congressman Billy Long (MO-07) issued the following statement today following the House’s passage of H.R. 2646, the “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act,” the most meaningful mental health policy reform in decades.“This legislation will prove to be vital in bringing hope to those suffering from mental illnesses and their families,” said Rep. Long. “With new structural reforms in place to ... Read more »

Long statement on Supreme Court contraception decision for religious employers

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Congressman Billy Long (MO-07) issued the following statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of religious employers objecting to Obamacare’s contraception insurance coverage:“I am pleased that the Supreme Court has chosen to respect religious non-profit organizations’ objections to providing contraceptive measures,” said Rep. Long.“The federal government shouldn’t be able to co... Read more »

Long statement on federal court ruling for House GOP, against Obamacare

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Congressman Billy Long (MO-07) issued the following statement today after a federal district judge ruled that the Obama administration unlawfully funded parts of Obamacare without congressional approval:“Today’s ruling was a great victory for the separation of powers and holding the executive branch accountable to the American people,” said Rep. Long.“Like I have said many times before, no adminis... Read more »

Long introduces legislation to boost treatment for at-risk newborns

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Congressmen Billy Long (MO-07) and Ben Ray Luján (NM-03) have introduced the “Promoting Life-Saving New Therapies for Neonates Act of 2016” to increase the availability of life-saving treatments for at-risk newborns. The bill will heighten innovation in neonatal drug therapies, improve outcomes for infants with devastating ailments, and give hope for a healthy life to those newborns that are most ... Read more »

Long introduces legislation to guard Americans' sensitive data at HHS

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House Energy & Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Health Representatives Billy Long (MO-7) and Doris Matsui (CA-6) today introduced the “HHS Data Protection Act of 2016.” This bill would reform the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to designate the HHS Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) as the primary authority on all matters of information security at the agency to ensure the p... Read more »

Long, House Pass Monumental Medical Innovation Bill

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U.S. Representative Billy Long joined the House of Representatives Friday to pass H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act, 344-77, with overwhelming bipartisan support. The 21st Century Cures Act would unleash American medical potential with a number of provisions aiming to reduce bureaucratic barriers to research and development and to provide incentives for American development of drugs and treatment... Read more »

Long Statement on ‘Puzzling' Supreme Court Obamacare Ruling

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U.S. Representative Billy Long issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court’s King v. Burwell decision, upholding federal subsidies for health insurance plans on the federal health insurance exchange. “I am disappointed with the Supreme Court’s ruling handed down today allowing federal subsidies to states on federal exchanges to continue. It is puzzling. The Affordable Care Act, as ... Read more »