More on Health Issues
Across Oklahoma and the rest of the country, medical innovation has lagged over the past few decades. Last week, Congress came together to pass legislation to reverse that trend. With the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act, the medical field will receive a major shot in the arm.
WASHINGTON—Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) released the following statement after the passage of the House Amendment to Senate Amendment to H.R. 34, 21st Century Cures Act.
“Today, the House rallied around a piece of legislation that will bring our healthcare infrastructure into the 21st century. The 21st Century Cures Act will help speed up the development of life-saving drugs, by reforming the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This bill will remove regulatory barriers so live-saving drugs can enter the market quicker,” Mullin said.
As we enter the holiday season with Christmas less than one month away, we are reminded to count our blessings and give thanks to the many generosities in our lives. We might be thankful for our family, our friends, our faith, our homes, or our jobs. Many of us are thankful for our good health – but all Oklahomans are paying the price of increased healthcare premiums, regardless of health.
The Obama administration recently told the American public that they would see an increase in premiums across the 39 states that are served by the federally run online market. The average rise will be about 25 percent, but Oklahoma will face an increase on average of 76 percent. To make matters worse, there will only be one provider left in the market in Oklahoma next year.
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.