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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

November 14, 2017 Press Release

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.

October 30, 2017 In The News

Nearly a month after Congress failed to fund a health insurance program for children, states have started running out of money — leaving low-income families in the lurch.

The Children's Health Insurance Program — commonly called CHIP — provides low-cost health insurance for children from families that don't qualify for Medicaid.

October 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) joined more than eighty members of Congress in urging Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (WI-01) to immediately bring up legislation that would reauthorize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and other expired healthcare programs through Fiscal Year 2022.

September 25, 2017 Press Release

EDINBURG, TX— Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the U.S. Offices of Public Health and Science and Minority Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) $344,689 to establish a childhood obesity prevention program.

With this grant, UTRGV will establish the South Texas Early Prevent Study Pre-K (STEPS Pre-K) Project (Childhood Obesity), which falls under the Minority Health Community Programs to Improve Minority Health.

September 18, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) sent a letter urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan, and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to address the impending cuts to the Medicaid Disproportionate Share (DSH) program scheduled to take effect on October 1, 2017.

August 11, 2017 Press Release

EDINBURG, TX— Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the Center for Mental Health Services within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Medicine $101,539 to establish a robust suicide prevention program on its medical school campus.

August 9, 2017 Press Release

EDINBURG, TX— Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) has received $217,950 in federal funding to plan and prepare for a clinical trial on the effectiveness of exposure therapy as a viable treatment option for dental phobia in children. The grant comes from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’s National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

July 14, 2017 Video

On July 14, 2017, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) released a legislative update to inform his constituents on his activities in Washington.

"It’s been a busy six months since being sworn in to serve the 15th District of Texas in Congress. I would like to take this opportunity to share some of the work I have been doing to guarantee the best healthcare and services for our seniors and veterans; make college more affordable; and encourage economic growth and business development in South Texas."

June 19, 2017 Press Release

WESLACO, TX—Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $93,058 in federal funds to IDEA Public Schools in Weslaco as part of the Department’s Farm to School Grant program. This implementation grant will enable IDEA to create its “Garden in a Box” toolkit which helps the schools promote the Healthy Kids Here initiative and increase student participation in farming and gardening. This is the second grant IDEA has received from the program.

June 19, 2017 Press Release

PHARR, TX—Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that $44,646 in federal funds to the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District (ISD) for their Improving Student Achievement Through Nutrition Program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This planning grant will enable the district to partner with Farm to School, an organization that works to improve students’ access to healthy, locally grown foods.