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August 2, 2019 Weekly Columns

Growing up in rural Arkansas, I’ve seen how important local pharmacies are to their communities. These pharmacies provide so much more than prescriptions – they often stock everything from soap to socks. Large-scale chain pharmacies just don’t have the same appeal and can’t offer the same level of personal service.

July 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) joined U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) and 358 cosponsors to pass H.R. 748, the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019.

June 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) joined U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, to introduce H.R. 3379, the Price Relief, Innovation, and Competition for Essential Drugs (PRICED) Act. The PRICED Act reduces the exclusivity period for biologics from 12 years to five years, allowing generic versions to enter the marketplace sooner and increase competition. Fifteen other original cosponsors joined Schakowsky and Westerman.

May 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced its final drug pricing rule, which fails to address the direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees levied by Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) onto pharmacists. The announcement follows a letter sent by the Arkansas delegation to HHS Secretary Alex Azar in support of a proposed rule change which would have essentially eliminated DIR fees.

April 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) introduced the Keeping Our Promises Act, a bill that would add nine medical conditions recognized by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) as having evidence of exposure to certain herbicides used by the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War. U.S. Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Penn.), Scott Tipton (R-Colo.), Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), Joe Cunningham (D-S.C.), Brendan Boyle (D-Penn.), Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) and Ann Kuster (D-N.H.) joined the bill as cosponsors.

March 10, 2019 In The News

More than two decades ago, when my son Eli was just one month old, he contracted an extremely contagious illness known as Respiratory Syncytial Virus. When he didn’t respond to treatment, doctors recommended four to five doses of a new, uninsured antiviral drug costing $5,000 per dose.

Americans across the country are experiencing similar situations at an alarmingly increasing rate. Necessary healthcare services are outrageously expensive, but economics go out the window when your loved one requires care.

March 10, 2019 In The News

As the 10-year mark of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) passage approaches, Republican Arkansas Rep. Bruce Westerman is introducing legislation to increase access to health care and give states more freedom within the framework of the ACA Monday night.

Republicans had to surrender their hopes of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act when they lost the House in 2018. Westerman said his wide-ranging “Fair Care Act” leans into the “free market” aspects of the ACA exchanges.

March 10, 2019 In The News

A new, 200-page healthcare proposal by a GOP House lawmaker goes after hospital consolidation and pricing as part of a sweeping attempt to cut costs and increase coverage.

The legislation from Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.), who has been working on it for more than a year and a half even though he doesn't sit on any House health committee, signals the mounting unrest among individual members of Congress over high healthcare costs. This is feeding into the momentum from both sides to address hospital consolidation.

March 10, 2019 Press Release

On February 25, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) introduced the Fair Care Act, a bill that significantly overhauls the U.S. health care system by increasing the number of Americans with health insurance coverage while reducing premium costs. Westerman issued the following statement:

February 25, 2019 Blog Post

 

The Fair Care Act: H.R. 1332

Section-by-Section Summary

 

TITLE I: Private Sector Health Insurance Reforms

 

Subtitle A—Commercial Health Insurance Provisions

 

Section 101.  Invisible High-Risk Pool Reinsurance Program