Dr. Burgess weekly address: Ex-Im Bank reauthorization vote
Posted by on July 31, 2015

This week, Dr. Burgess discusses his opposition to Ex-Im Bank.
To read a copy of his remarks, click here
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Dr. Burgess weekly address: Investigating Planned Parenthood
Posted by on July 24, 2015

Following recent revelations at Planned Parenthood, Dr. Burgess discusses the "Defund Planned Parenthood Act," and steps being taken to bring transparency and accountability to the organization.
To read a copy of his remarks, click here

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Dr. Burgess weekly address: The Iran Deal
Posted by on July 17, 2015


Dr. Burgess discusses the ramifications of the White House’s Iran agreement and why he cannot support the deal.
Click here to read a copy of the remarks. 
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Burgess bill extending home-based Medicare treatment approved by House
Posted by Cameron Harley on July 16, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., commended the House of Representatives Wednesday after the passage of H.R. 2196, “the Medicare Independence at Home Medical Practice Demonstration Improvement Act of 2015.” The bill extends the Home Medical Practice Demonstration Program (IAH) – already proven to cut costs while providing valuable benefits to high-need beneficiaries – from 3 to 5 years.

 

“I commend my colleagues for extending this commonsense program for our most vulnerable senior beneficiaries and taxpayers,” Rep. Burgess said. “Under IAH, high-need patients will continue receiving individual care in the comfort of their homes while providers at hospitals, emergency rooms, and nursing homes are able to spend more free time with their patients. IAH is improving the quality of care and its provider groups are generating significant savings. I’m pleased to see that this body recognizes its value.”

 

Created with unanimous support in 2010, IAH provides home-based primary care to high-need Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions, avoiding unnecessary hospitalizations, ER visits, and nursing home use. The beneficiaries aided by IAH currently account for the majority of Medicare costs, and are expected to account for increasing costs over the next 10 years.

 

While CBO has scored H.R. 2196 at $0, IAH is generating substantial savings. Practices must generate savings of at least 5% or be excluded from the program. CMS released practice results from year one of the program showing savings of more than $25 million in the first performance year At this point, all 15 original participants are still enrolled in the demonstration, meaning all programs are generating savings of at least 5%.

 

H.R. 2196 is endorsed by the American Osteopathic Association and the Independence at Home Coalition, which includes national medical societies and patient advocacy organizations such as AARP, The American Nurses Association, and The American Academy of Home Care Physicians.

 

 

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Burgess statement on Iran nuclear agreement
Posted by Cameron Harley on July 14, 2015
After President Obama publicly released the agreement between Iran, the U.S., and the international community this morning, Congressman Michael C. Burgess released the following statement regarding the deal: 

“Despite assurances from the Obama administration that these negotiations would end Iran’s nuclear programs and that sanctions would not be lifted until their nation met concrete demands, this deal reflects otherwise,” Rep. Burgess said. “This agreement means billions in sanction relief, and an open door to continue their reckless foreign policy agenda.

“Though I am relieved to see negotiations conclude, this product – which paves the path toward a nuclear Iran – is a risk to our national security and global interests.”  
 
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Dr. Burgess weekly address: 21st Century Cures bill passes House
Posted by on July 10, 2015


Congressman Burgess took to the House floor this week in support of the 21st Century Cures package. This fully paid-for entitlement reform bill is aimed removing government road blocks from new medical innovations without adding to our deficit. 
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House passes 21st Century Cures Act, includes 8 Burgess health priorities
Posted by on July 10, 2015

Washington, DC – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., today, praised the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act, which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 344-77.  Over a year in the making, this package of reforms is aimed at accelerating the discovery, development, and delivery of life-saving treatments and cures to patients.  The package incorporates numerous priorities of Congressman Michael C. Burgess’ – including five separately introduced bills and three policy initiatives.

The world is in a new era of medical technology. Yet America’s current federal standards make the production of medicine and medical devices increasingly slow. This groundbreaking legislation will finally bring innovation and medicine together by cutting red tape at the FDA, incorporating personalized medicine and investing in the future of science.

“The divide between medical innovation and patients has been widening for too long,” Rep. Burgess said. “Today, this body sent a message that saving lives and maintaining our nation’s place as the global leader in patient care is of utmost importance. We are sitting on the edge of treatments and cures once thought impossible. Tomorrow’s doctors will have revolutionary tools at their disposal to alleviate human suffering, and these reforms are critically important so that they aren’t barred from reaching the patients who need them most.

“This bill is yet another example of the 114th Congress’ ability to provide fiscally sound, bipartisan, solutions to our nation’s pressing challenges. I am optimistic that the importance of these entitlement reforms won’t be lost on the Senate. The future of medicine, and America’s role in it, relies on their urgency to send this to the president’s desk, where it must become law.”

Burgess priorities included in the 21st Century Cures Act:

 

  • H.R. 292 – Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases

  • H.R. 293 –  Supporting continued education on medical innovations

  • H.R. 2414 – Facilitating responsible communication of scientific health information

  • H.R. 2415 –  Streamlining FDA data review processes of approved drugs for patient use

  • H.R. 2416 –   Promoting FDA integration of real-world evidence to aid in drug approval

  • Sec. 2081 – Urging the sense that “breakthrough” drugs be approved as soon as possible

  • Sec. 3001 – Ensuring widespread interoperability of health information technology

  • Sec. 2082/2083 – Expanding transparency in how patients access drugs before approval

    • In conjunction with Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX)

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Burgess amendment reels in ‘unconscionable’ EPA special pay program, exorbitant salaries
Posted by Cameron Harley on July 09, 2015
The House of Representatives this week, approved an amendment by Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., barring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from hiring and compensating employees under the Title 42 special pay designation – a category exclusively authorized for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in.  The special provision was intended for unique circumstances, in which HHS would need to incentivize the employment of the health industry’s leading experts, whose salary requirements go beyond the existing GS-pay scale.  These salaries are nearly uncapped – often upwards of $200,000 - $300,000 each year. 

Without approval from the proper authorizing committee – the House Committee on Energy & Commerce –  the House Appropriations Committee approved the EPA’s use of the Title 42 special pay mechanism in 2006.  Despite originally being granted just a handful of Title 42 slots, that number has now risen to 50. This nearly uncapped and unjustified compensation for these EPA employees has already cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. 

“The EPA’s unbridled exploitation of Title 42 is unconscionable,” Rep. Burgess said. “No agency is ever above the law, and it is up to Congress to rein in those who think otherwise. This amendment’s passage ensures that bureaucrats won’t continue awarding themselves exorbitant raises on the taxpayer dime. It is critically important that American people get the accountability they deserve, and I am hopeful that this provision remains a part of the final FY16 interior appropriations bill.” 
 
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Congressman Burgess congratulates class of 2019 Service Academy appointees
Posted by Cameron Harley on July 08, 2015

Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., has announced the Class of 2019 Service Academy Appointees who reside in the 26th Congressional District, and is pleased to congratulate these distinguished future military leaders. These young men and women will be attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY, the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, CO, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy at New London, CT.

“I am grateful that so many young North Texans have accepted this challenge to serve their country,” Rep. Burgess said. “These young men and women are some of the future leaders of our armed forces and it is my pleasure to have helped them in their journey. I wish them all the best of luck in their future endeavors and know that they will make Texas’ 26th Congressional District proud.” 

Students requesting appointments to the U.S. Service Academies are rigorously evaluated by on a variety of criteria including academic performance, leadership qualifications and physical preparedness. Appointments to an academy must be preceded by a nomination from a Member of Congress, Academy Superintendent, the Vice President or a military connected nomination. The exception is to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where a nomination is not required for consideration, but appointments are based upon a competitive nationwide admissions process.

In Texas’ 26th District, applicants also undergo a board review lead by former Air Force Academy Superintendent and Lieutenant General (USAF Ret.) Charles Hamm.  Other board members include active duty Armed Forces, former service academy graduates, community leaders, and administrators from local higher education institutions. 

Those 26th Congressional District students entering the service academies are as follows:

U.S. Military Academy (Army) - West Point, NY
George Kratz (Frisco)
Johnathon Muraski (Keller)
Dowon Park (Fort Worth)
Victoria Reyer (Highland Village)
Seth Sowalskie (Frisco)

U.S. Naval Academy - Annapolis, MD
Daniel Barrett (Flower Mound)
Colin Duggan (Keller)
Bryan Hammond (The Colony)
Tony Powers, Jr. (Frisco)

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy - Kings Point, NY
Blake Bunce (Trophy Club)
Michael Tanttari (Krum)
Elias Yu (Flower Mound)

U.S. Air Force Academy - Colorado Springs, CO
Micah Capra (Argyle)
Austin Cutting (Keller)
Cade Erwin (Highland Village)
Gabriel Martinez Quinones (Watauga)
Ethan Nichols (Keller)
Molly Olmos (Keller)
Elizabeth Pennington (Roanoke)
Zach Raines (North Richland Hills)
Gabrielle Rupard (Flower Mound)
Robert Simpson (Denton)
Colton Stowe (The Colony)
Mary Vedra (Frisco)

U.S. Coast Guard Academy - New London, CT
Cole Austin (Flower Mound)

 
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Dr. Burgess weekly address:Strengthening our Armed Forces
Posted by on July 04, 2015


 

This Independence Day weekend, Dr. Burgess addresses recent legislation to fund and prepare our Armed Forces in the face of modern threats. To read a copy of his remarks, click here

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