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  • 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

  • Tonko Reintroduces Legislation to Help Fort McClellan Veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on August 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Veterans and Military Families

    “If you take the time to listen to the stories of sick veterans who served at Fort McClellan, they will break your heart. These folks are patriots who signed up knowing their military service would come with very real risks, even beyond the battlefield, but that is no excuse for America to abandon them in their time of need. For too long, these veterans have been left, alone and forgotten by the nation they served, to suffer painful illness and indignity. It is long past time for these selfless warriors to get the answers they deserve.” - Rep. Paul Tonko Read more

  • Tonko Statement on House Vote to Advance Trumpcare
    Posted in Press Releases on May 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Taxes

    "This bill would mean women who are pregnant and children with asthma can be priced out of coverage due to preexisting conditions. It means seniors will pay five times more in premiums under a crushing age tax. It means 24 million Americans will lose coverage. And it steals from Medicare and Medicaid, all to give a massive tax break to millionaires and special interests. We are a better, greater nation than this." Read more

  • Rep. Tonko: CBO Shows “Grim” Impact of Republican ‘Trumpcare’ Plan
    Posted in Press Releases on March 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Taxes, Environment, Women's Health, Senior Citizens, Jobs & Economic Development

    "This is not a healthcare plan, it’s a tax on working families and seniors and a tax cut for millionaires and billionaires. Without exception, this is the most harmful, most irresponsible piece of major legislation I have ever seen. Under this plan our middle class and working families pay more for less coverage. Our seniors and those approaching retirement are forced to pay thousands more to stay covered. And 24 million more of our most vulnerable neighbors will be shoved out into the cold." - Rep. Paul Tonko Read more

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