U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler | E-Newsletter
District Update | July 4, 2015
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U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler
Celebrating the Red, White and Blue!

One of the special things about the folks who call Southwest Washington home is the immense amount of pride they have in our nation. The way cities and towns across our region come together to celebrate with family, friends, and neighbors is a wonderful way to honor the birth of our nation. For example, starting in 1963, Fort Vancouver started hosting one of Washington’s first firework shows open to the public. Also, in the 1960’s, Longview began its annual 4th of July celebration which now draws 30,000 people from across the state.

I am incredibly proud to be part of this community that places so much importance on our country’s history. Enjoy and be safe as you celebrate the red, white and blue! Happy Birthday, America!

Sharing with and Listening to Ridgefield Residents at My June 29 Community Coffee

Thank you to all who came out to my free community coffee this week in Ridgefield. We had a great discussion on topics including the EPA’s onerous “Waters of the U.S.” regulation, the congressional appropriation process that funds our federal government, health care and the national debt.

Want to make sure you know about my next coffee near you? Visit jhb.house.gov for details.

Protecting Medicare Advantage Plans for Seniors

More than 55,000 seniors in Southwest Washington choose Medicare Advantage over traditional Medicare, including 54% of Medicare-eligible seniors in Clark County and 45% of those in Cowlitz County. We should be taking action to preserve seniors’ health care choices, not limit them.

That’s why I recently voted to advance the Securing Seniors’ Health Care Act to prevent the Obama administration from ending Medicare Advantage plans for 2,939 Southwest Washington seniors. While the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) flawed rating system classifies some Medicare Advantage plans lower than others, the lower ratings don’t necessarily reflect poor plan performance. The ratings are likely because these plans serve low income individuals with more chronic and complex health needs. CMS has acknowledged their current plan ratings may not adequately account for socioeconomic factors and intends to review its methodology – yet the Obama administration has threatened to unilaterally terminate these plans.

Read more about this bill to protect Medicare Advantage here.

Driving Improved Prenatal Screening Education for Parents
Last week, my colleagues and I worked to improve the use of prenatal screenings for expectant parents.

As a mom who received difficult news about my own pregnancy, I want other expectant parents to have full and accurate information about the benefits and limits of the information that’s being presented to them. Non-invasive prenatal screenings are blood tests that examine fetal DNA in the maternal bloodstream. The screenings can signal whether a baby is at risk for a chromosomal abnormality like Down syndrome; Edwards syndrome that can result in heart and kidney defects; and Patau syndrome that can cause neurological and physical abnormalities like small head size, structural eye defects, and extra fingers or toes. However, a recent study showed that half of prenatal screenings produce inaccurate results.

That’s why I authored a provision to improve the education surrounding prenatal screenings for expectant parents, which was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee last week.This report will be a great step toward equipping parents to make the best possible decisions for their families.

Read more about my work on this issue here.

CHRONICLE: Herrera Beutler Seeks to Classify Hydropower as Renewable Energy

LONGVIEW DAILY NEWS: Columbia River deepening sparks $1 billion in investments

CHRONICLE: Congresswoman Talks Economy, Jobs With Locals

CHRONICLE: Herrera Beutler Votes to Strengthen Train Safety Standards

VA Mobile Medical Unit returning to Raymond week of July 13th
Are you a Pacific County-area veteran in need of basic health services? The VA’s mobile medical unit may be bringing the care you need closer to your home.

After two years of urging the VA to utilize its mobile medical unit here in Southwest Washington, the VA responded to my calls for action and has begun deploying it to Raymond every three months. The mobile medical unit will be back in Raymond the week of July 13. It is my hope that many local veterans will take advantage of this convenient access point for health services.

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

Monday, July 13 through Friday, July17 2015
July 13, 2015 – 9am -3:00pm
July 14, 2015 – 8am-3:00pm
July 15, 2015 – 8am-3:00pm
July 16, 2015 – 8am-3:00pm
July 17, 2015 – 8am-12:30pm

The American Legion
221 Duryea St
Raymond, WA 98577
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