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All South Texans deserve access to affordable, quality health care, especially those who live in rural communities and medically underserved areas. Unfortunately, South Texas is home to a large uninsured or underinsured population. Congressman Gonzalez is working with his colleagues to develop innovative ideas that lower health care costs and provide better coverage for more people.  

The congressman recognizes that more needs to be done to lower premiums, expand coverage, and improve the Affordable Care Act. While the Affordable Care Act was a step in the right direction, he understands it is not perfect. For these reasons, he supports working across the aisle to build consensus and develop common sense solutions to the problems in our nation’s healthcare system.

Congressman Gonzalez is a staunch supporter of Medicaid and other programs that provide coverage for those who need it most: children with special needs, seniors, and the disabled. Thousands of elderly Texans rely on Medicare during their retirement years. The congressman is committed to strengthening the program and ensuring that the federal government honors its obligation to our seniors.

The congressman knows that medical doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals work tirelessly to deliver lifesaving services to South Texans. The congressman believes that we must not only invest in our community health clinics and hospitals, but that we also must fully fund health professions training programs like those at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine and Texas Lutheran University so that South Texans receive the best care possible.

 

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January 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – After last year’s successful launch, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) will be holding the 15th District of Texas’ second annual “Valentines for Vets” program to collect and distribute Valentine’s Day cards to local veterans. This year, “Valentines for Vets” will also include “Valentines for Frontline Workers” to show our gratitude for those selflessly serving our community during the pandemic. 

January 14, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Members of the Texas Democrat Congressional Delegation sent a letter to Governor Greg Abbott urging him to prioritize the hardest impacted groups and vulnerable populations to receive the vaccine. 

November 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and 18 other Members of Congress requested Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar allocate unused Provider Relief Fund monies as soon as possible to provide Assisted Living Facilities with much needed support. 

Senior living center operators have received a fraction of the relief needed and continue to sustain heavy financial losses while caring for a vulnerable population. COVID-related losses total roughly $15 billion for these care centers.

July 16, 2020 Press Release

 

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Anthony Gonzalez (OH-16), Tim Ryan (OH-13), Dave Joyce (OH-14), and Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05) partnered to introduce the Isolate COVID-19 Act. This legislation will establish a federal program where states can receive funding to lease hotel properties for the purpose of temporarily housing individuals with COVID-19 who lack the ability to isolate or quarantine in their own homes and wish to voluntarily isolate themselves. 

July 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Filemon Vela (TX-34) issued the following statement after President Trump urged schools to reopen and threatened to withhold federal funding for those that do not resume normal operations in the fall.

July 15, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued a statement following the Trump administration’s decision to have hospitals report data directly to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) instead of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

“Now is not the time to change data reporting requirements for hospitals. Our nation is in crisis and our health systems are overwhelmed. We need reliable and transparent data to respond in the most effective manner possible. My colleagues and I will be investigating the reasoning behind this change.”

July 10, 2020 Press Release

 

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) sent a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar requesting the federal government provide additional financial support and stand up a field hospital to help respond to the COVID-19 surge in the Rio Grande Valley. Congressmen Filemon Vela (TX-34) and Henry Cuellar (TX-28) and Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) also joined the letter. 

July 10, 2020 Press Release

MCALLEN, Texas – Today, Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Filemon Vela (TX-34) called on Governor Greg Abbott to issue stay-at-home orders in regions of the state most affected by the overwhelming surge of COVID-19 cases. South Texas has been hit particularly hard with a surge in cases in the entire region, with one in 10 deaths of COVID-19 recorded in Hidalgo County. Additionally, 10 of the 12 hospitals in Hidalgo, Cameron and Starr County are at capacity. 

June 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Members of the Texas Congressional Delegation urged Governor Greg Abbott to take additional steps to allow cities and counties to institute enforceable stay-at-home orders at their discretion. Governor Abbott has pursued one of the most aggressive economic reopening strategies in the United States that has resulted in skyrocketing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Texas. 

June 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Filemon Vela (TX-34) urged Governor Greg Abbott to immediately assign National Guard forces to the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) to address the spiraling COVID-19 crisis in the region. 

Demand for intensive care unit (ICU) beds has surpassed capacity in counties on the U.S.-Mexico border. Lacking space for COVID-19 patients in ICUs, emergency rooms across the Lower Rio Grande Valley are forced to continue to care for those who need intensive treatment even as new patients arrive at higher and higher rates.