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  • Do you read Terms of Service?
    Posted in Quick Notes and Blog on July 2, 2020 | Preview rr

    The overwhelming majority of Americans signing up for new online products and services check the box confirming they have read and agree to the Terms of Service without ever opening the document. As consumers, we know these terms are important, but we breeze through them on our way to accessing the latest social media or online content. Why don’t people read Terms of Service, also called Terms and Conditions or Terms of Use? What are we missing when we simply check the box without reading them? ... Read more

  • MDedge: Lawmakers Questions Mental Health Disclosure Rules
    Posted in Burgess in the News on July 2, 2020 | Preview rr

    by Kerry Dooley Young Several federal lawmakers on June 30 questioned state policies that require disclosure of mental health treatment as part of medical licensing applications and renewals, citing concerns about creating barriers to psychiatric care for clinicians. Mental health–related questions on state medical boards’ licensing applications are especially worrisome with many clinicians, including ED staff, immersed in the physical and emotional challenges involved in treating waves of peopl... Read more

  • MedPage Today: Psychologists' Practice Scope an Issue at House Hearing
    Posted in Burgess in the News on July 1, 2020 | Preview rr

    by Joyce Frieden WASHINGTON -- The House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing Tuesday on bills to address the mental healthcare crisis was generally very collegial except for a turf war that broke out between the psychiatrist and the psychologist who testified before the subcommittee. The discord came over H.R. 884, known as the Medicare Mental Health Access Act -- a bill sponsored by Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Judy Chu (D-Calif.) and Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) that would treat clin... Read more

  • Houston Chronicle: Thousands of hotels facing foreclosure as pandemic persists
    Posted in Burgess in the News on July 1, 2020 | Preview rr

    by R.A. Schuetz Houston hotels are not expected to return to pre-pandemic revenue levels until 2024, according to commercial real estate firm CBRE. Some may not make it that long. The American Hotel and Lodging Association predicts the industry is facing "massive foreclosures of thousands of hotel properties" across the nation, according to a press release sent out Wednesday. "With a sharp decline in travel demand, nine times worse than September 11 and with lower room occupancy than during the ... Read more

  • Burgess to Health Subcommittee: Mental Health is not a Partisan Issue
    Posted in Press Releases on June 30, 2020 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), a member of the House Rules Committee and Republican Leader of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, stressed the importance of addressing mental health in his opening remarks. As Prepared for Delivery: Thank you, Madam Chair. I appreciate your willingness to work on a productive, bipartisan agenda for this subcommittee and respect of my request for a hearing on mental health and coronavirus. This was a topic that we... Read more

  • A Doctor's note on Mental Health
    Posted in Dr. Burgess' Weekly Address on June 30, 2020 | Preview rr

    June 30, 2020 Dear Friends, Mental health has become an even more important public health issue as this coronavirus continues to impact our lives – one-third of Americans have felt that this pandemic has seriously affected their mental health. Today, the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health honored my request to hold a hearing on this important issue. This hearing examined 22 bills, including one that I introduced alongside Rep. Drew Ferguson addressing mental health in schools. Other top... Read more

  • The Ripon Advance: Burgess introduces cable competition bill to increase consumer choice
    Posted in Burgess in the News on June 30, 2020 | Preview rr

    by Ripon Advance News Service U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) on June 25 proposed legislation that would prohibit franchising authorities from requiring approval for the sale of cable systems. “In 2020, Americans should not be limited by franchise restrictions when choosing broadband services,” Rep. Burgess said. “This legislation will increase competition by getting rid of regulations that are not keeping up with how consumers access cable and Internet services.” Rep. Burgess sponsored the Con... Read more

  • Burgess: The Affordable Care Act has Proven to be Unaffordable
    Posted in Press Releases on June 29, 2020 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), a member of the House Rules Committee and Republican Leader of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, delivered the following remarks from the House floor on H.R. 1425, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act. As Prepared for Delivery: I rise to speak against H.R. 1425, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act. This is a partisan bill that serves no purpose other than a tenth birth... Read more

  • Burgess: A Vote for H.R. 1425 is a Vote Against a Cure for COVID-19
    Posted in Press Releases on June 29, 2020 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), a member of the House Rules Committee and Republican Leader of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, released the following statement after he voted against H.R. 1425, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act. “Since being signed into law, the Affordable Care Act has proven to be unaffordable,” said Burgess. “H.R. 1425, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act is a partisan bill t... Read more

  • Fox Business: Rep. Burgess joins Neil Cavuto Coast to Coast
    Posted in Burgess in the News on June 29, 2020 | Preview rr

    Rep. Burgess joins Neil Cavuto to discuss Houston hospitals' ICU nearing capacity. Read more