Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: President Obama's Internet Giveaway
Posted by on September 23, 2016

As the September 30th deadline approaches, Congressman Burgess remarks on the need to stop the Administration's reckless internet giveaway, which would not only endanger the First Amendment rights of the American people, but also place the United States' sovereignty and security at great risk. Read his full remarks here

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Burgess, Kind Introduce Legislation to Protect Kidney Transplant Recipients
Posted by Lesley Fulop on September 22, 2016

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressmen Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) and Ron Kind (D-WI) introduced the Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act. This legislation would allow individuals who are eligible for immunosuppressive drugs under Medicare Part B to continue to receive their vital treatment past the current 36 month cutoff. Without these drugs, transplant recipients are at risk to lose their transplanted kidneys – which too often occurs. 

“After the stress of undergoing an organ transplant and enduring the length of recovery, patients should not have to worry that a mandate from the federal government would prevent them from receiving treatment for as long as may be required,” said Burgess. “Patients should not have to sacrifice quality care due to the federal policy that denies coverage for anti-rejection drugs after 36 months. I am pleased to join Representative Kind in reintroducing this commonsense, bipartisan policy that will safeguard both patients and taxpayer dollars by preventing more costly alternatives such as organ rejection or return to dialysis.”

“Our organ transplant patients and their families should not be concerned about an arbitrary federal policy denying them access to medications that help them keep their transplanted kidney,” said Kind. “The legislation Rep. Burgess and I have introduced will provide kidney transplant patients continued access to medication to ensure the success of their transplant, while keeping health care costs down by decreasing the need for further dialysis and the likelihood of a re-transplant.”

Since 1972, Medicare has covered patients with irreversible kidney failure, or end-stage renal disease (ESRD). While there is no Medicare time limit for a dialysis patient, kidney transplant recipients lose their Medicare coverage 36 months after they receive their transplant. Extending immunosuppressive coverage beyond the 36 month limit would decrease the risk of organ failure due to patients neglecting to take the immunosuppressants following loss of immunosuppressive coverage. Furthermore, transplant recipients have a higher quality of life, and are more likely to return to employment than dialysis patients. 

The bill has support from numerous groups including the American Medical Association (AMA), National Kidney Foundation (NKF), American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS), American Society of Transplantation (AST), American Society of Nephrology (ASN), American Society of Pediatric Nephrology (ASPN), American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP), Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO), Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC) and Renal Physicians Association (RPA).

“As a kidney transplant recipient myself, I can tell you that for many patients the costs of immunosuppressive medication can be prohibitive, and it just isn’t something you can skip. There are 100,000 people on the kidney transplantation wait list and a severe shortage of donated kidneys available. With an average wait time of five years for a transplant, public policy makers and the transplant community must do everything possible to provide, and maintain, coverage for transplant recipients,” said Kevin Longino, Chief Executive Officer, National Kidney Foundation (NKF).

"The immunosuppression bill will give access to lifesaving immunosuppressive therapies to transplant recipients who without critical drugs may lose their transplanted organs. The American Society of Transplantation (AST) applauds the leadership of congressmen Burgess and Kind in supporting passage of the Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act of 2016,” said Dr. Anil Chandraker, M.D., President, American Society of Transplantation (AST).


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Burgess Statement on Passage of Maternity Care Access Bill by Energy & Commerce Committee
Posted by Lesley Fulop on September 21, 2016

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, issued the following statement in response to the passage of the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act (H.R. 1209) through the Energy & Commerce full committee.

“Consistent, high-quality maternity care is of the utmost importance for both a mother and baby during pregnancy. H.R. 1209 is an important step in addressing critical shortages of maternity care providers across the country. I am appreciative that the full committee recognizes the value of helping place more maternity care providers where they are needed most throughout the country and for the dedication of the professional organizations in advancing this important piece of legislation.”

The National Health Service Corps provides student loan repayment to physicians and other health professionals in exchange for a commitment to provide care in designated Health Professional Shortage Areas. This program has been effective in reducing provider shortages by inspiring new providers to start where they are needed most. This legislation would more effectively allocate maternity care providers based on an area or population’s specific needs. Maternity care providers will continue to be able to participate, but their participation will be targeted to areas with a demonstrated shortage of maternity care providers, not just a primary care shortage. This is a budget neutral bill.  


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Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: Unfulfilled Promises of ObamaCare
Posted by on September 16, 2016

As more and more Americans are dropped from their plans and prices continue to soar, Congressman Burgess discusses how the Obama Administration has fallen flat on its promises made in the Affordable Care Act and the Republican commitment to reforming our health care system to safeguard patient care. Read his full remarks here
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Dr. Burgess Joins the Mark Davis Show on Sept 16
Posted by on September 16, 2016
Dr. Burgess joined 660 AM KSKY's Mark Davis on Friday, September 16, 2016 to discuss the President's efforts to transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay and the work Congress has ahead through the end of the year. Listen to Dr. Burgess' full radio interview here.
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Burgess Statement on Passage of Bill to Prevent Transfer of Gitmo Detainees
Posted by Lesley Fulop on September 15, 2016

Washington, D.C.— Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, issued the following statement in response to the passage of H.R. 5351, which he co-sponsored, that would prohibit the transfer of any detainees from United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay.

“President Obama was sworn into office with the predetermined mission of closing the Guantanamo Bay detainment facility. Before ordering an investigation to be conducted or even seeing the naval station firsthand in his new position as Commander in Chief, this reckless agenda was already decided.

“The Obama Administration has taken a reckless approach to admonishing some of the most dangerous terrorists who have ever stepped foot on U.S. soil. Over 30% of prisoners released from Guantanamo have returned to the battlefield. It is unfathomable to me that a discussion is even needed about transferring these detainees, who were brought to Guantanamo for serious reason—the least of which is direct involvement in plotting or executing deadly attacks against the United States and our allies.

“For the last seven years, Congress has explicitly rejected the President’s irresponsible path to closing the detainment facility. I am proud to stand with fellow members of the House of Representatives in defense of Americans and the processes on which this country was built.”


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Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: In Remembrance of September 11
Posted by on September 9, 2016

On the 15th anniversary of the horrific September 11 attacks, Congressman Burgess reflects on the resiliency of the American people and the need for a strong leader who will put national security and the safety of our citizens above all else. Read his full remarks here

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Burgess Statement in Response to CMS Announcement on MACRA Flexibility
Posted by on September 8, 2016

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on MACRA flexibility.

“I am pleased that CMS has heard my calls and the calls of the provider community for the flexibility in transitioning to the new payment reporting requirements. Today’s announcement from CMS regarding the agency’s dedication to flexibility in the implementation of MACRA is proof of the benefits of keeping Congress involved in policy implementation. Just as this policy was carefully crafted with the input of everyone affected by the payment policies, the implementation process should be conducted in the same way. I am committed to leading the charge for continued Congressional oversight of MACRA implementation to ensure simplified, streamlined requirements that allow for all doctors to succeed.”

Read the full announcement from CMS here.


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Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: Labor Day
Posted by on September 2, 2016

As we reflect on the productivity and contributions made by the American worker this Labor Day, Dr. Burgess remarks on the need for common sense and pro-growth policies that ensure Washington does not get in the way of job creation and economic prosperity.
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Burgess Joins Town of Flower Mound for Economic Development Forum
Posted by Lesley Fulop on August 31, 2016

FLOWER MOUND, TX— This morning Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, joined the Town of Flower Mound for its Economic Development Forum at the Innovate Flower Mound, the Town's newly-opened entrepreneurial center.

Dr. Burgess spoke about the work that the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade is doing to prevent burdensome federal regulations from impeding growth, innovation and job creation. Under the chairmanship of Dr. Burgess, the Subcommittee has held a string of hearings known as the “Disrupters Series” to examine emerging technologies, such as the sharing economy, the block chain, mobile payments, 3-D printing, and the Internet of Things.


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