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  • Mullin Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Ambulance Services
    Posted in Press Releases on November 4, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Issues

    U.S. Reps. Markwayne Mullin (OK-02), Terri Sewell (AL-07), Earl Blumenauer (OR-3), Devin Nunes (CA-22) and Peter Welch (VT-AL) introduced H.R. 4938, the Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention, and Reform Act. It would strengthen ambulance service providers and help ensure they are able to continue delivering critical first responder and health care services in communities across the country. “Ambulance services are critically important to rural Americans who may live close to an hour away f... Read more

  • One Year of Progress, But We Can’t Stop Now
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on October 23, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Issues

    The opioid epidemic is personal to all of us. It is blind to party affiliation, socioeconomic status, geographic location, or age. We all know someone who has been affected by the opioid epidemic, whether it’s a friend, family member, or loved one. Too many lives have been cut short by overdoses. In 2017, our country lost 70,237 people, including 775 Oklahomans, to drug overdoses. Since the start of the 21st century, we have lost nearly the same number of lives to the opioid crisis as we lost in... Read more

  • Mullin Offers Amendment to Drug Pricing Bill to Create Value-Based Payment Model for Gene Therapies
    Posted in Press Releases on October 18, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Issues

    Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) offered an amendment that would create value-based payment models for gene therapies to H.R. 3 during the Energy and Commerce Committee markup yesterday. The amendment was withdrawn. “We have the ability to cure patients who struggle with debilitating diseases like cancer, heart disorders, hemophilia, and sickle cell disease with one treatment,” Mullin said during the markup. “Drug developers are taking extraordinary risks to invest in these groundbreaking th... Read more

  • Bipartisan Health Care Innovation Caucus Applauds HHS Efforts to Reform Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute
    Posted in Press Releases on October 17, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Issues

    Today, the Health Care Innovation Caucus co-chairs U.S. Representatives Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA), Mike Kelly (R-PA), and Ron Kind (D-WI) applauded the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for proposing changes to modernize the Physician Self-Referral Law (the “Stark Law”) and the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute. These proposed reforms seek to break down barriers for patients and improve value-based care. “Patients need affordable, high quality health care and reducin... Read more

  • Children Shouldn’t Have Cancer
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on September 18, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Issues

    As parents to six kids, my wife Christie and I want all our children to be good people, accomplish their goals and live long, healthy lives. I think that’s what all parents want for their kids. No parent wants their worst nightmare to come true when they hear “your child has cancer” and heartbreakingly, we all know someone whose lives have been affected by childhood cancer. In 2016, Gary and Mariah McAlpin of Tahlequah heard those awful words when they learned their 2-year-old son, Kai had a rar... Read more

  • President Trump’s kidney initiative holds promise for vulnerable Oklahomans
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on September 11, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Issues

    In July, President Trump stood before an audience of patients, caregivers and their families in Washington, D.C., to announce a bold set of health care reforms that touch the lives of tens of thousands of Oklahomans. “We’re taking groundbreaking action to bring new hope to millions of Americans suffering from kidney disease,” the president explained. “It’s a big deal.” He’s right. Roughly 37 million Americans are estimated to have chronic kidney disease nationwide — more than 67,000 confirmed c... Read more

  • Mullin It Over: One Size Does Not Fit All
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on September 4, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Issues

    When former President Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi were selling Obamacare to the American people, they promised that “if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan.” They broke that promise and families across the country had their insurance premiums skyrocket for plans they didn’t want and lost the doctors they trusted. Pelosi Democrats are at it again. There is broad support in their party for a government-run healthcare system that they call “Medicare-for-All.” Under t... Read more

  • Mullin Applauds New HHS Rule to Help Individuals in Substance Use Recovery Receive Safer and Better Care
    Posted in Press Releases on August 23, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Issues

    Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) released the following statement after Department Health and Human Services announced proposed changes to the federal regulations governing the confidentiality of patient records for substance use disorder treatment programs, known as 42 CFR Part 2. “Doctors must have the whole picture on a patient’s medical history in order to safely and effectively treat that patient and this rule will help make that happen,” said Mullin. “I applaud Deputy Secretary Hargan ... Read more

  • Prevention Is the Key to Staying Healthy
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on August 14, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Issues, Native American Affairs

    Mullin speaks on the importance of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians. Click here to watch the video. Native Country as a whole is affected by a higher rate of diabetes than any other population. The Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) was established by Congress in 1997 in order to specifically address the diabetes epidemic in Native Americans. According to the Indian Health Service, more than 780,000 patients are served each year under the program. In 2017, SDPI funding in Oklah... Read more

  • Stop Violence Before It Happens
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on August 7, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Issues

    Our country has been shaken by senseless tragedies recently in Gilroy, California, El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. My heart breaks for the families who have lost loved ones at the hands of sick individuals and something must be done to prevent this from happening again. When President Trump addressed the nation after the tragedies, he said “we must seek real, bipartisan solutions that will truly make America safer and better for all.” I could not agree more. But I don’t think infringing on Ame... Read more

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