U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler | E-Newsletter
District Update | September 2, 2016 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler
Hearing about federal regulations that impact our farmers

A few weeks ago, I spent the day at Best Family Farm in Chehalis. I was able to meet with farmers and hear their concerns about federal regulations that could harm their ability to stay in business.  Specifically, the Food Safety Modernization Act and the “Waters of U.S.” rule – however well-intended – could mire farmers in paperwork and compliance costs that make it harder to do what they do best: feed our families.

I’m committed to helping our region’s job creators and those who contribute to a thriving economy.  I’ll continue fighting for common-sense regulations that keep consumers safe and our environment protected, but don't put small farms out of business.

Combating opioids 

Last week, I met with a group of medical and emergency response professionals who are at the forefront of combating the opioid epidemic in Southwest Washington. It is heartbreaking when so many people fall victim to the addictive qualities of these drugs. Too many start taking them out of a legitimate need and find themselves dependent.

In Congress, I’ve helped take steps to address this huge problem like supporting the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which puts strong federal resources behind successful local efforts to address heroin and prescription opioid abuse.

I will also continue to fight through my position on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee to make sure vital grant programs that help with recovery and overdose response are funded. 

There’s clearly so much more to do.  I’ll continue to look for more opportunities to combat this abuse and addiction that hurt too many families in our region.

Veteran care coming to Pacific County

As you may know, the VA has begun bringing some primary health care services closer to Pacific County-area veterans.   For two years I urged the VA to utilize its mobile medical unit here in Southwest Washington, and the VA responded to my calls for action and has deployed this mobile clinic to Raymond every other month.

Since the beginning of 2015, the VA mobile medical unit has successfully served over 300 veterans with basic health care services. I’m pleased that the next visit is scheduled for September 12-16. The details for this visit are below:   

What: The VA’s mobile medical unit coming to Raymond to provide primary health services to veterans.

Monday, September 12 through Friday, September 16, 2016
September 12, 2016 – 9am-3:30pm
September 13, 2016 – 8am-3:30pm
September 14, 2016 – 8am-3:30pm
September 15, 2016 – 8am-3:30pm
September 16, 2016 – 8am-11:30am

The American Legion
221 Duryea St
Raymond, WA 98577

Services include:
• Primary health care appointments and walk-ups
• Physical exams
• Flu shots and other immunizations
• Prescriptions
• Labs
• Assistance in signing up for VA benefits

If you are a veteran who is already registered within the VA system, walk-up appointments will be available without appointment.  If you wish, you can also set up an appointment by calling 1-800-329-8387, and then dialing extension 71234 and asking for the mobile medical unit in Raymond.  If you are not in the VA system, you can get help with initial registration at the mobile medical unit.  Also, the VA asks that if you are unable to make your scheduled appointment, please cancel it as far in advance as possible so they may see other patients.

My heartfelt thanks goes to those veterans who have served our country. If I can ever assist you in navigating your VA benefits or with any other federal agency, do not hesitate to let me know by calling (360) 695-6292 or visiting jhb.house.gov.

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Resident Spotlight: 
Helping a mother care for her son

Carol Shetler retired early from nursing to be a full-time caregiver for her son who became paralyzed. She received caregiver income through Medicaid, which was previously not taxed. When Ms. Shetler heard that a rule change would make caregiver income taxable, she tried to find answers. The IRS told her that they would not be able to give her an answer without a special, expensive procedure that can cost several thousands of dollars and take years to be answered. Ms. Shetler contacted my office for help.

We asked the IRS and Washington state to undertake this procedure on behalf of Ms. Shelter and all other caregivers facing the same uncertainty.

Within a few months, we were able to let Ms. Shetler know that the IRS would allow her to keep all of her caregiver income!

Are you having an issue with a federal agency? My office is here to help! Please contact us at (360) 695-6292 or by visiting JHB.House.Gov. 

Washington, DC Office
1130 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3536
Fax: (202) 225-3478
Vancouver Office
O.O. Howard House (Officers' Row)
750 Anderson Street, Suite B
Vancouver, WA 98661
Phone: (360) 695-6292
Fax: (360) 695-6197