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  • Tonko Introduces Legislation to Prevent Overdose Deaths, Improve Care Transitions for Individuals Reentering Community
    Posted in Press Releases on October 16, 2017 | Preview rr

    ALBANY, NY – Last week, Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) introduced H.R. 4005, the Medicaid Reentry Act, a bill that would provide states with the flexibility to restart Medicaid coverage for eligible incarcerated individuals up to 30 days prior to their release. Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY): “More Americans died of an overdose last year than were lost at the peak of the HIV/AIDS crisis. This is a national emergency that demands immediate action. As we continue to fight the spread or our nation’s deadly opioid... Read more

  • Tonko Statement Reacting to President Trump’s Decision to Increase Insurance Costs for New Yorkers
    Posted in Press Releases on October 13, 2017 | Preview rr

    ALBANY, NY – This morning, Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) released the following statement in reaction to President Trump’s actions yesterday to allow the return of junk insurance and end the cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments required under the Affordable Care Act for the individual insurance marketplaces: “President Trump has spent the majority of his first year in office trying to senselessly repeal the Affordable Care Act. He has not made any progress. Now, to prove himself right, he is implodin... Read more

  • Tonko Introduces Bill to Increase Broadband Access in Underserved Areas
    Posted in Press Releases on October 11, 2017 | Preview rr

    “Broadband Internet access is often the difference between success and failure for students doing homework, job seekers training for a new career, doctors reading a medical scan or entrepreneurs starting a small business. However, to date the federal government has done a poor job of tracking broadband deployment. Investments are made with little accountability and oversight on behalf of the taxpayer. This bill will simplify the process for private and public sector leaders to tap into existing federal broadband resources and help ensure that a zip code does not define the economic potential of our students, doctors, entrepreneurs and the communities they call home.” - Rep. Paul Tonko Read more

  • Tonko, Schakowsky to EPA: Keep Strong Gas Mileage Standards
    Posted in Press Releases on October 6, 2017 | Preview rr

    “Working to raise gas mileage standards is important for America’s consumers, public health and energy security. Maintaining these reasonable standards makes our economy more competitive, efficient and sustainable. These measures also support our public health and environmental safety by keeping countless tons of carbon dioxide and other harmful pollutants out of our air.” - Rep. Paul Tonko Read more

  • Tonko Points to New Evidence Showing Graham-Cassidy Trumpcare Bill would Explode Premiums for Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions
    Posted in Press Releases on September 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    "If this bill passes, Americans who have experienced asthma, arthritis, cancer, anxiety, even pregnancy, could see their health insurance premiums skyrocket and their out-of-pocket costs drive them into a lifetime of debt and despair.” - Rep. Paul Tonko Read more

  • Tonko Announces $250,000 for Capital Region Youth Addiction Prevention Programs
    Posted in Press Releases on September 21, 2017 | Preview rr

    “More Americans died from a drug overdose last year than were lost at the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis. Several of our local organizations are on the front lines of this fight, doing critical work to combat the spread of addiction in our region. Whether they are working to prevent opioid abuse or educating our young people about the dangers of alcohol and drugs, I am proud of their efforts and congratulate them on this well-deserved federal support.” - Rep. Paul Tonko Read more

  • Tonko Announces $1.5 Million Award to Fireman’s Association of the State of New York
    Posted in Press Releases on September 20, 2017 | Preview rr

    “Our firefighters are the first and last line of defense when tragedy is at our doorstep, a responsibility that demands extraordinary bravery and selflessness. These folks work day and night, saving lives and protecting businesses, homes and families in communities all across New York. We cannot afford to let the dangers and burdens of this work fall on too few shoulders. Recruiting and training new firefighters is one of the most important ways we can keep our community and our career firefighters safe. I want to congratulate the leaders and staff at FASNY for advancing this worthy initiative and for their leadership in support of firefighters throughout New York State.” - Rep. Paul Tonko Read more

  • Tonko Highlights Report Showing New Trumpcare Bill Rips $33 Billion from NY Health Care
    Posted in Press Releases on September 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    “Americans have consistently and overwhelmingly rejected the skyrocketing out-of-pocket costs and heartless gutting of coverage under Trumpcare. Now Republicans are at it again, this time pushing the most devastating version of Trumpcare we have seen yet. This time they propose to rip billions of dollars from funds that keep health care affordable for countless New York families. I stand on the side of our local communities, of seniors, women, people with pre-existing conditions and working families in this fight. I will do all I can to prevent the heavy cost increases and abject cruelty that would result from this misguided bill.” - Rep. Paul Tonko Read more

  • House Adopts Tonko Amendment to Upgrade Mental Health Crisis Response Systems
    Posted in Press Releases on September 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Mental Health

    “When a person is going through a mental health or substance use crisis, getting immediate and effective treatment can be a matter of life and death. Today, many states today lack a reliable system for keeping track of which treatment facilities have space available, meaning vulnerable patients are left waiting while overburdened healthcare workers call each area hospital, one by one, in the hope that they can find an appropriate placement. Even at its best, this is an inefficient and time-consuming process. At its worst, the results are tragic. By streamlining the process of finding the appropriate treatment placement for patients in crisis, this program promises to save lives, increase system efficiency, and provide a higher standard of care for those who urgently need it.” - Rep. Paul Tonko Read more

  • Tonko, Luján Introduce Bill to Expand Access to Addiction Treatment
    Posted in Press Releases on September 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Mental Health

    “Opioid addiction is a deadly and painful epidemic that continues to spread across our nation. Thousands more of our family members, friends and neighbors fall victim to this disease every year, while just a fraction are finding their way to treatment. We must do more. This legislation addresses the epidemic head-on by empowering the healthcare professionals at the front lines of this crisis, locking in previous treatment expansions and granting more specialist nurses the ability to prescribe the medication-assisted treatment that we know gives patients their best chance to recover.” - Rep. Paul Tonko Read more

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