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.
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WASHINGTON – Today, Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Doug Collins (R-GA-09) introduced H.R. 5958, the Phair Pricing Act of 2018, to lower the cost of prescription medications for patients in the Medicare Part D program.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) has awarded approximately $3.6 million in federal funding to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Medicine’s South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute (STDOI). Funding will be used to evaluate 1,000 Mexican Americans from large families and examine how environmental factors can contribute to the development of fatty liver disease.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) has awarded $143,300 in federal funding to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Medicine’s Department of Biomedical Sciences. Funding will be used to examine how cellular proteins in white blood cells impact inflammatory responses in skeletal muscle and better understand the connection between inflammatory responses and insulin resistance, which is a major determinant in the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting applications for Telemedicine grants. The deadline to submit an application is Monday, June 4, 2018.
“The ability to connect rural areas with healthcare providers is a game changer for communities throughout the country,” Congressman Gonzalez said. “Grants like this can connect South Texans to 21st century healthcare services that can improve their quality of life.”
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) has announced that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is now accepting applications for its Assertive Community Treatments grant program. Applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting applications for Community Connect grants that fund broadband infrastructure projects in rural communities. The application period closes on Monday, May 14, 2018.
“Rapid innovations in technology present new challenges - and new opportunities - for South Texas,” Congressman Gonzalez said. “By investing in broadband, we open the door to more educational, employment, and healthcare opportunities in our rural communities.”
WASHINGTON – Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statement today regarding negative effects of a government shutdown on Hidalgo County and the state of Texas:
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) released information today outlining the programs and services that would be affected should a government shutdown occur on January 20, 2018.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) voted to keep the government funded and running. The continuing resolution passed Thursday night by a vote of 230 Yeas to 197 Nays in the U.S. House of Representatives. The congressman’s support comes in response to the inclusion of a 6-year reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which would guarantee health insurance for thousands of children in South Texas.
Below is a statement from Congressman Gonzalez:
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) recently announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a finalized 2018 Quality Payment Program and Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), which includes a provision that modernizes the Medicare payment system to increase competition and opportunity for innovation of biosimilars. A biosimilar product is highly comparable to a biological product that provides the potential to yield the same effects at a lower cost.