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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

Representing the 15th District of Texas

Healthcare

All South Texans deserve access to affordable, quality healthcare, 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 healthcare 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.

 

More on Healthcare

October 11, 2018 In The News

MCALLEN, Texas - Congressman Vicente Gonzalez is pledging to reverse what he calls the unacceptable trend of the rising cost of prescription drugs.

A recently released AP investigation shows during the first seven months of 2018, American families have faced 96 price hikes for prescription drugs for every one price cut.

October 9, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) has co-sponsored H.R. 6933, the Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act of 2018, that makes sure that teachers, firefighters, and police officers will receive a Social Security benefit that reflects their actual work history.

The bill also provides critical relief to public servants who are already retired and are affected by the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), which uses an arbitrary, one-size-fits-all formula for certain public servants.

October 5, 2018 In The News

WASHINGTON - Congressman Vicente Gonzalez has cosponsored H.R. 1017, the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2017, in response to constituent and citizen requests from Seguin, Brownsville, Laredo and other parts of Texas.

 

October 4, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) has cosponsored H.R. 1017, the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2017, in response to constituent and citizen requests from Seguin, Brownsville, Laredo and other parts of Texas.

October 3, 2018 In The News

DONNA, Texas - It's been a problem in the city of Donna for decades.

Water from the reservoirs and canals are contaminated. Now two local Congressmen say they have a plan to clean it all up.

For years area residents in Donna have heard about the warnings concerning contaminated fish and polluted waters in the reservoirs and canals.

Alex Valdez - resident says, "When they first started saying that the fish was contaminated and all that stuff they were saying that the water…you can't fish here."

October 3, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today highlighted a new Associated Press report showing soaring prescription drug prices.

October 2, 2018 In The News

WASHINGTON - Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Filemon Vela (TX-34) today announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has moved forward on a remediation plan for the Donna Canal and Reservoir Superfund site to improve the health of residents in Donna, Texas, and surrounding communities.
 

October 2, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Filemon Vela (TX-34) today announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has moved forward on a remediation plan for the Donna Canal and Reservoir Superfund site to improve the health of residents in Donna, Texas, and surrounding communities.

September 27, 2018 In The News

WASHINGTON - Congressman Vicente Gonzalez has announced that the Center for Mental Health Services has awarded $125,000 to Tropical Texas Behavioral Health. Funding will be used to expand mental health services.
 

September 25, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) has announced that the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) has awarded $125,000 to Tropical Texas Behavioral Health (TTBH). Funding will be used to expand mental health services.