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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.

 

More on Health Care

May 29, 2020 Press Release

MCALLEN, Texas – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced $504,979 in Coronavirus (COVID-19) supplemental funding for Nuestra Clinica Del Valle. These funds are to help Nuestra Clinica expand testing for coronavirus treatment. 

May 18, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced support for The Heroes Act, House Democrats’ latest legislation to address the continued public health crisis and provide desperately needed support for struggling families and essential workers, with funds for testing and tracing measures, key support for frontline workers and strengthened assistance for the American people. Congressman Gonzalez also recently released a detailed estimate of the direct benefits

May 12, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced $151,582,672.50 for Hidalgo County from the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Coronavirus Relief Fund. The federal funding is required to be spent on expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hidalgo County may use the funds on public health costs incurred due to the COVID-19 crisis from March 1, 2020, through December 30, 2020.

May 11, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) joined Congressman Don Beyer (VA-08) and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and a group of 31 Members of Congress in urging Congressional leadership to include $71 million in funding for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in the next COVID-19 relief package.

May 4, 2020 Press Release

MCALLEN, Texas – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced locations of mobile COVID-19 testing site throughout the 15th District of Texas.

In order to receive testing, individuals must be experiencing at the least one symptoms of COVID-19 and set an appointment at TXCOVIDTEST.org or call (512) 883-2400. 

April 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) led a bipartisan letter with Congressmen Buddy Carter (GA-01), Peter Welch (VT-AL), Doug Collins (GA-09), Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08), and John Rose (TN-06) with 115 members of Congress requesting Congressional leadership to include the critical reform of pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees in any upcoming coronavirus (COVID-19) legislation.

April 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) voted in favor of H.R. 266, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Health Care Enhancement Act. This legislation is an interim emergency funding package that will provide the desperately needed resources to sustain efforts to protect the lives and livelihoods of the American people. It will now go to the President’s desk for signature.

April 13, 2020 Press Release

MCALLEN, Texas – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced $1,502,405 for the Nuestra Clinica Del Valle as part of the funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. 

April 7, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) joined a bipartisan group of 28 House colleagues led by Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small (NM-02) and Congressman Doug LaMalfa (CA-01) urging House Speaker Pelosi and House Minority Leader McCarthy to preserve long-term funding and resources for critical rural health programs during the COVID-19 public health emergency.