U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler | E-Newsletter
District Update | July 16, 2016 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler

U.S. House passes legislation to tackle opioid epidemic

Drug overdoses have become the number one cause of accidental deaths in Washington state. Last week, my colleagues and I passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act by a bipartisan vote of 407-5. This legislation tackles the root of the opioid crisis by expanding resources and access to recovery programs and overdose treatments.

Since we acted, the U.S. Senate has supported this bill and the President has indicated that he will sign it into law. More facts on opioid abuse and information on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act can be found here.

Protecting access to doctors in rural communities

In 2009, Washington state implemented a faulty Medicaid reimbursement system that has resulted in many rural health clinics owing hundreds of thousands of dollars in back payments. Now, Washington state is demanding that Rural Health Clinics make back payments for services offered years ago. As a result, some of the 118 rural health clinics, including 18 in Southwest Washington, are at risk of closing their doors.

Rural Health Clinics are the primary source of health care for many people who live in rural communities like Ilwacco or Goldendale, providing high-quality, low-cost care to underserved rural communities. I’m pleased the U.S. Appropriations Committee approved my legislative provision that directs the Federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to work together with Washington state to solve this problem and find a way to ease the burden on rural health clinics. Read more about my effort here.

Advancing strong reforms to improve mental health resources

Everyone has been touched by challenges with mental illness in some way, whether personally or via a family member or friend.

On July 6, I joined the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. This bill will reform of the U.S. mental health system by allowing patients on Medicare suffering a mental health crisis to access same day care, reauthorize the national suicide prevention lifeline program, and provide several other resources (that can be found here) to help with the mental health crisis.

Additionally, this week Representative Derek Kilmer (D-Gig Harbor) and I successfully included a legislative provision to the Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2017 that would identify more of the gaps in access to mental health care -- including the severe shortage of psychiatric beds here in Southwest Washington, and nationally. Read more about my provision here.

I am committed to helping our country make significant mental health system reforms to help meet the needs of individuals in Southwest Washington.

CHRONICLE: US House Approves Mental Health Bill Co-Sponsored by Herrera Beutler

BATTLE GROUND REFLECTOR: Jaime Herrera Beutler receives U.S. Chamber of Commerce award in BG

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WAHKIAKUM EAGLE: State unlikely to change shoreline program rules
Committee Hearing on the
ACE Kids Act
On July 8th, 2016, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee held a successful congressional hearing on my bipartisan legislation, the ACE Kids Act. This bill would remove barriers that prevent low income families with children facing serious health issues obtain the health care services they need in other states. I’ll keep pushing until children to get the treatment they need. Read more about the ACE Kids Act here.
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