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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

September 24, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) is encouraging eligible applicants in the 15th District of Texas to apply for funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The application period for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 opened today and will remain open until 5 p.m. ET on Friday, October 26, 2018.

September 20, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) is encouraging eligible rural communities in the 15th District of Texas to apply for water and waste disposal funding offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development’s  Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant program.

September 5, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the USDA has revealed a new webpage concerning the access of broadband to rural communities. This new website walks through the necessity of being connected in today’s digital world for everything from agriculture and education to healthcare and small businesses.

August 28, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced that the National Institute of Aging (NIA), under the direction of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the National Institute of Health (NIH), has awarded $657,603 to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s (UTRGV) Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (AD-RCMAR). The NIA awarded UTRGV $3,276,391 to establish the Partnerships for Progress Center.

July 30, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement to commemorate the 53rd anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing Medicare and Medicaid into law on July 30, 1965:

May 24, 2018 Press Release

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.

May 10, 2018 Press Release

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.

May 10, 2018 Press Release

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).

April 23, 2018 Press Release

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.”

April 11, 2018 Press Release

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.