More on Health Issues
This month is a Congressional district work period, so I am home traveling throughout the state. This is a great chance for me to get out and talk with people about the issues that affect their day to day lives. One of the biggest problems I hear about is access to medical care for those who live in rural areas. My team has put in a lot of work lately on legislation that makes sure people who live outside the big cities can still get the care they deserve.
There is a plague that continues to spread across the district, state, and nation. Opioid abuse has increased exponentially over the last decade and I have made it a top priority to stop the spread of this epidemic.
WASHINGTON—Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) voted as a member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce Wednesday to support H.R. 2646, Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. The bill, introduced by Congressman Tim Murphy (PA-18), focuses on repairing the broken mental health system in America.
“This bill is one that has support on both sides of the aisle,” says Mullin. “We all realize we need to do more to help the people in our country that suffer from mental health issues.”
With the demands of daily life, staying active and being healthy can get moved to the backburner pretty quickly. But living a healthy lifestyle is something that should be on the forefront of our minds. The month of June, Men’s Health Month, is a good time to start the conversation.
As co-chairs of the Congressional Men’s Health Caucus, U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) and I hope to motivate men to take an active role in their wellbeing, as well as to bring awareness to health issues that affect men every day.
The Oklahoma Constitution requires the state legislature to pass a balanced budget every year. While passing a balanced budget forces legislators to make hard choices, it also keeps our state from digging itself into debt.
This year, falling oil prices and other factors led to state legislators facing a $1.3 billion budget shortfall going into 2017. To make up for the shortfall, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority prepared Oklahoma Medicaid providers for the possibility of a 25 percent rate cut.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) has introduced a bill that will help ensure Oklahomans have access to Medicaid programs in the future. Faced with a $1.3 billion budget shortfall in 2017, Oklahoma’s state legislature was faced with the possibility of cutting Medicaid funding by as much as 25 percent.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) has supported the passage of 18 bills aimed at stopping drug abuse in Oklahoma communities. Two of the 18 bills included amendments from Mullin that will ensure Oklahoma’s rural and tribal areas benefit from federal efforts to fight prescription drug abuse.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) is working to make sure American Indian and Alaska Native communities are included in federal efforts to fight opioid abuse across the country. On Wednesday, Mullin’s committee, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, held a meeting to consider several bills focused on opioid abuse. Mullin offered an amendment to one of these bills, the Examining Opioid Treatment Infrastructure Act of 2016 (H.R. 4982).
WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill on Tuesday that will help protect Oklahomans from a tropical disease that is linked to birth defects and damage to the human nervous system. The disease, called the Zika virus, is carried by a certain species of mosquito.
One of the things I love most about Oklahomans is the love and support we show for one another. When our neighbor needs help with his yard, we’re there with the lawnmower. When our friend needs someone to watch their kids, our doors are open.
No matter what, Oklahomans always want to take care of people who are in need. And we should, but when it comes to government assistance programs, we need to make sure we are serving individuals who truly qualify for the programs.