MATSUI INTRODUCES BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO SUPPORT ACCESS TO EVIDENCE-BASED CARE FOR RARE DISEASE PATIENTS

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Reps. Mike Thompson (D-CA), Mike Kelly (R-PA), and Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) introduced the Access to Rare Indications Act of 2021, legislation to support patients with rare and ultra-rare diseases in getting evidence-based, medically necessary care covered by their health insurance. Over 90% of rare diseases have no FDA-approved treatm...

MATSUI APPLAUDS HOUSE PASSAGE OF THE BUILD BACK BETTER ACT

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06) issued the following statement after the House passed the Build Back Better Act. “Today, the House passed a milestone achievement for our kids, our grandkids, and all American families. This monumental piece of legislation makes once-in-a-generation progress for the American people by delivering a more resilient, equitable, and sustainab...

MATSUI AND COLLEAGUES URGE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION TO INVESTIGATE REPORTS OF EXTREME PRICES FROM HOSPITAL STAFFING AGENCIES

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA), Senators Mark Kelly (D-AZ) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Representative David McKinley (R-WV) led a letter to the Biden administration urging an investigation into reports of extreme pricing from nurse staffing agencies across the nation amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “We are writing to inquire about the extreme prices being reported for nu...

Matsui Statement on Announcement of Peter Lee Leaving Covered CA

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06) issued the following statement after Covered California announced that Executive Director Peter Lee would leave the organization in early 2022. “Peter Lee brought visionary leadership to Covered California, and his immense dedication to building and operating a robust health insurance marketplace continues to serve millions of California...

MATSUI STATEMENT ON FDA FULL APPROVAL OF PFIZER-BIONTECH COVID-19 VACCINE

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06) issued the following statement after the FDA announced full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine. “Vaccination remains the best tool we have to save lives and end the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “The FDA’s full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is a crucial step forward to affirm what heal...

MATSUI APPLAUDS HOUSE PASSAGE OF PRIORITIES IN GOVERNMENT FUNDING PACKAGE

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, applauded House passage of H.R. 4502, a package of seven government funding bills. The package includes Matsui-backed projects and priorities that will benefit the Sacramento region. The funding that passed the House as part of H.R. 4502 includes appropriations for: Labor, Health and H...

MATSUI INTRODUCES BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO INCREASE PATIENTS’ ROLE IN DRUG APPROVALS PROCESS

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Congressman Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) introduced the Better Empowerment Now to Enhance Framework and Improve Treatments (BENEFIT) Act, legislation that would provide patients and patient advocates the ability to play a larger role in the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) benefit-risk framework for drug approval. The BENEFIT Act would am...

MATSUI AND COLLEAGUES LEAD EFFORT TO ADVANCE PERMANENT EXPANSION OF COVERAGE FOR TELEHEALTH SERVICES

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Reps. John Curtis (R-UT), Peter Welch (D-VT), and Michael Burgess (R-TX) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra, encouraging the agency to consider making coverage for certain telehealth services added during the public health emergency permanent through the annual Medicare payment...

MATSUI AND COLLEAGUES ANNOUNCE BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO EXPAND COMMUNITY-BASED MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION SERVICES NATIONWIDE

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06) and Representatives Markwayne Mullin (OK-02), Angie Craig (MN-02), David B. McKinley, P.E. (WV-01), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), and Paul Tonko (NY-20) introduced the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Act of 2021, legislation that gives every state the opportunity to fully fund the establishment of Certified Community Beh...

MATSUI, JOHNSON INTRODUCE BILL TO ELIMINATE BARRIER TO TELEMENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Congressman Bill Johnson (R-OH), both senior members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, introduced the Telemental Health Care Access Act, legislation that would remove barriers to high-quality, virtual mental and behavioral health care for Medicare beneficiaries. Specifically, the bill removes the statutory requirement that M...