U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler | E-Newsletter
District Update | December 10, 2017 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler


ACCESSIBLE HEALTH CARE IN JEOPARDY FOR MANY PACIFIC COUNTY RESIDENTS


I am deeply concerned after learning that residents in rural Pacific County who are enrolled in Premera insurance plans will no longer be able to access health care providers across the river in Oregon beginning January 1. I wrote a letter to Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler last week to take immediate action to remedy the health care crisis many residents are facing. You can read more here.


MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT A PRIORITY

We must address the mental health crisis our nation is facing. Millions of people in Southwest Washington and across the country face addictions to opioids and substance abuse disorders, and teens struggle with behavioral health issues and suicide. Carefully targeted prevention and treatment efforts are a worthy use of your tax dollars, which is why I joined my colleagues in sending a letter urging the Trump Administration to fund mental health and substance use programs. You can read our request for strong mental health funding here. 


CHAMPIONING QUALITY HEALTH CARE FOR EVERY CHILD

I was honored to speak at the Children's National Dinner in Washington, D.C. last Monday where I was presented with an award for my work advocating on behalf of children's health care.

Whether it's fighting to protect kids' access to Medicaid, voting to extend Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for five years, or supporting the ACE Kids Act which would allow children of low-income families to cross state lines to receive the care they need, I will continue to make sure Southwest Washington kids have a voice at the table when it comes to health care reform.

SPEAKING UP AGAINST OREGON'S TOLLING SCHEME

Southwest Washington residents are extrememly concerned about Oregon's law that could place tolls on I-5 and I-205 at the state line, and they’re carefully watching the actions – and inaction – of the individuals and groups who are supposed to be representing their interests. That's why I am urging the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Committee (RTC) to formally weigh in on Oregon's tolling plan while Oregon is still in its planning phase.

If RTC wishes to strengthen the transportation system in our region going forward – including on I-5 – it should win the trust of its stakeholders and stand up for them now. Click here to read more on this issue, including the letter I sent to RTC. 


LEWIS COUNTY MOBILE OFFICE HOURS REVISED SCHEDULE OVER THE HOLIDAYS

We will have mobile office hours in Lewis County on Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 11:30am – 1:00pm. The next Lewis County mobile office will be Tuesday, January 9. Lewis County residents should call our Vancouver office at (360) 695-6292 for any assistance between December 13 - January 2. 

JOIN MY TELEPHONE TOWN HALL TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12
 
I’d love to hear your questions, thoughts and concerns regarding tax cuts, tolling, and whatever else is on your mind during a telephone town hall this Tuesday, Dec. 12th from 5:30 – 6:30pm.

To join the telephone town hall, you can sign up by clicking here or by calling my Vancouver office at 360-695-6292. Residents can also call in to join the telephone town hall at any point during the event by calling 1-877-229-8493 and using the passcode 116365.


TOP NEWS
COLUMBIAN: Herrera Beutler, others seek funds for ‘mental health crisis’
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THE REFLECTOR: Herrera Beutler, Kilmer ask for inclusion of fisheries fund in Administration's disaster relief request
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CHRONICLE: Herrera Beutler asks Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Committee to weigh in on Oregon’s tolling plans
READ MORE HERE

SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON CRANBERRY FARMERS VISIT D.C.
I enjoyed my experience "helping" in a cranberry bog in Pacific County a few years ago.
 

Whether it's stringing the red berries on your Christmas tree or enjoying them as a dried fruit snack, we all love our Southwest Washington-grown cranberries.
Thank you to Malcolm and Ardelle McPhail from Long Beach for coming to Washington, DC last week to discuss the latest issues facing Southwest Washington's cranberry growers.
Washington, DC Office
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Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3536
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O.O. Howard House (Officers' Row)
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Vancouver, WA 98661
Phone: (360) 695-6292
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