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  • Tonko Introduces Bill to Bolster Alzheimer’s Care Planning
    Posted in Press Releases on March 27, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Paul D. Tonko (D-NY), Jackie Walorski (R-IN), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Chris Smith (R-NJ) came together today to introduce H.R. 1873: Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act, bipartisan legislation that would require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to inform healthcare providers about care planning benefits available through Medicare. The bill would also require HHS to identify other barriers individuals... Read more

  • Tonko Co-Sponsors Bill to Lower Healthcare Costs, Safeguard Pre-existing Conditions
    Posted in Press Releases on March 26, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul Tonko cosponsored sweeping new health care legislation today that will lower New Yorkers’ health insurance premiums, crack down on junk health insurance plans, strengthen protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and reverse the Trump Administration’s health care sabotage. The Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions & Making Health Care Affordable Act was introduced the day after the Trump Administration asked a federal court to strike down the Affordable Care A... Read more

  • Tonko Alzheimer’s Bill Passes House, Expected to Become Law
    Posted in Press Releases on December 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Senior Citizens

    “This bill promises to improve the lives of those suffering from Alzheimer’s and reduce the public health burden of this disease on our communities.” - Rep. Paul Tonko Read more

  • Tonko Announces Four Priority Bills Included in Final Opioid Package
    Posted in Press Releases on September 28, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Addiction & Recovery

    WASHINGTON – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, by a vote of 393-8. Four sections of the bill were written by Congressman Tonko, including an expansion of medication-assisted treatment, a multi-year priority that will help meaningfully combat the opioid crisis and reduce overdose deaths. “Overdoses claimed more than 64,000 American lives in 2016, now the single greatest cause of death for Americans under 50, yet just 1 in 5 Americans ... Read more

  • Tonko & Johnson Introduce Bill to Designate Centers of Excellence to Combat Opioid Epidemic
    Posted in Press Releases on March 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Addiction & Recovery

    “Empowering our health care workforce to better understand and effectively prevent and treat substance use disorder will yield dividends in our fight against the opioid epidemic,” Rep. Tonko said. “I’m proud to stand with Congressman Johnson in introducing this critical legislation that will strengthen the tools and information we use to educate the next generation of health care professionals and ensure they have the resources they need to be effective frontline responders in this epidemic.” Read more

  • Bipartisan Heroin Task Force Endorses Tonko Bill to Fight Addiction Epidemic
    Posted in Press Releases on January 10, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Mental Health

    “Last year more than 64,000 Americans died of a drug overdose, a number that continues to rise without a serious response from President Trump or his administration. In the absence of meaningful leadership from the White House, Congress can and must do more to stop this growing threat. I am grateful to the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force for their endorsement of my bill to expand access to treatment and services for countless Americans who are suffering from addiction and struggling to get the care they need to survive.” Read more

  • Tonko, Senators Introduce Sweeping Bipartisan National Alzheimer’s Infrastructure Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on November 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Senior Citizens

    "we have a critical opportunity to take another giant step forward on this issue, making investments in Alzheimer’s infrastructure that will drive public health research and promote prevention, early detection and diagnosis, all leading to lower costs and better care. I’m proud to stand alongside my fellow Alzheimer’s champions in introducing the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act and I look forward to getting this important legislation signed into law.” 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 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

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