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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

April 14, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, April 13, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and 16 of his colleagues wrote a letter to President Joe Biden urging the urging optimum utilization of the of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program (FRPP) and adequate vaccine allocation to community and retail pharmacies to inoculate more Americans. 

March 26, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15)  announced $9,321,250 for Nuestra Clinica in San Juan, Texas and $4,099,500 for Atacosa Health Center in Pleasanton, Texas as part of the American Rescue Plan Act funding to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines to the hardest-hit and highest-risk communities across the country. The funding will be awarded beginning in April by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

March 17, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) voted in favor of H.R. 1620, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021 which passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill includes the VAWA Protections for Rural Women Act which will add the Rural Housing Voucher program to the list of covered housing programs under the Reauthorization Act spearheaded by Congressman Gonzalez.

March 16, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) reintroduced the VAWA Protections for Rural Women Act, which will add the Rural Housing Voucher program to the list of covered housing programs under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

March 10, 2021 Press Release

 
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that he helped secure more than $380 million with the passage of the COVID-19 relief package The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The package would provide approximately $380,708,022.26 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding to cities and counties throughout South Texas. These funds will be used to help these communities recover from the devastating effects that the pandemic has had on local economies and livelihoods.  
 

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 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.