Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

Health Care

Learn about my work in Congress on Health Care related issues.

Representative Scott Peters Advances Toward a Healthy Future

Over the last two years in Congress, Scott Peters has maximized innovation to ensure quality health care at a lower cost. His actions have developed modern treatments through research, while protecting patients’ privacy, fixing the Affordable Care Act, and safeguarding the health of future generations, particularly military service members and veterans.

 

I. REDUCE COSTS AND SYSTEM INEFFICIENCIES

Scott introduced H.R. 3577, the Health Savings Through Technology Act, which examines the cost-savings that can be achieved by increasing the use of wireless health technologies, and develops a comprehensive strategy for integrating these technologies into federal health care programs.

Scott introduced H.R. 3507, the 21st Century Care for Military & Veterans Act, which would establish and expand the use of innovative telehealth services, including essential mental health monitoring, for military service members and veterans.

Scott introduced H.R. 2090, the Patient Choice Act, which would create a fast-track provisional approval process for pharmaceuticals that are determined to be adequately safe.

Scott supports changing the broken health care operations in the United States:

  • Updating the old model of fee-for-service reimbursements to one that is outcomes focused
  • Incentivizing hospital follow-up care to reduce readmission rates and promote healthy lifestyles
  • Increase competitive bidding in lab testing and usage of cost-saving, generic medications

 

II. ENSURING ACCESS AND SECURING PATIENT SAFETY

Scott introduced H.R 5398, the Marriage and Family Therapist for Veterans Act, which provides broader access to therapists trained to address the needs of veterans and their families.

 

Scott Supports:

  • H.R. 5051, the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act of 2014, which, in response to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, would protect a women’s access to birth control and their ability to make their own health care decisions.
  • H.R. 4015, the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014, which repeals the broken Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), preventing a 24 percent cut in the Medicare reimbursement rate, and replaces it with a more effective alternative to ensure seniors on Medicare can continue to see their current doctors.
  • H.R. 3230, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014, which called for quick implementation of accountability and oversight measures to improve access to the necessary health care services veterans deserve.
  • H.R. 1098, The Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act of 2014, and related appropriation bills H.R. 2397 and H.R. 4486, which funds treatment and awareness services to military service members, veterans, and their families regarding Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • H.R. 297, the Children's Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2013, which provides incentives to increase the numbers of severely needed physicians
  • H.R. 1919, the Safeguarding America’s Pharmaceuticals Act of 2013 and H.R. 3204, the Drug Quality and Security Act, both of which ensure the safety and security of medication ingredients.
  • H.R. 1179, the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act, a bipartisan effort to Protect Medicare, ensuring seniors and their families can be reimbursed by Medicare for skilled nursing services. 

Scott spoke on the House Floor and the front steps of the SCOTUS, against the Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, and in support of a woman’s right to keep health care decisions between her and her doctor.

 

III. INNOVATIVE TREATMENTS AND LIFESAVING RESEARCH

Scott supported funding for particularly harmful diseases:

  • H.R. 729, the Medical Research Protection Act of 2013, which eliminates sequestrations ill effects on medical care and treatment research
  • Alzheimer’s - H.R. 4870, Autism - H.R. 4631, Breast Cancer - H.R. 1960, Burn Victims - H.R. 4080, Child Health - H.R. 2019 and H.R. 225, Hepatitis - H.R. 3723, Multiple Sclerosis - H.R. 4870, Muscular Dystrophy - H.R. 594, Prostate Cancer - H.R. 2397

Scott led a letter to CMS urging that FDA-approved regenerative medicine technologies, used in the care of diabetics, be made exempt from a new “skin substitutes” payment bundle as articulated in the agency’s 2014 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule, and supportive funding.

 

IV. ELEVATING PATIENT ADVOCACY

Scott introduced two bills based on patients’ advocacy that aim to improve health outcomes.

  • Scott introduced H.Res. 572, which recognizes National Mental Health No Stigma Week that helps fight against cultural stigmas that prevent patients from seeking treatment.
  • Scott also introduced H.Res. 733, which recognizes Clinical Research Innovation Month - supporting the lifesaving research and patients’ involvement in clinical trials that leads to new treatments and medications to fight against the globe’s fiercest diseases.

 

V. FIXING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

Scott Supports:

  • H.R. 3350, the Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013, which allows people to keep their previous health plans that would otherwise be cancelled because of the Affordable Care Act requirements.
  • H.R. 2667, the Authority for Mandate Delay Act, which delays the requirement in the Affordable Care Act that businesses with 50 or more full-time employees provide health insurance to their workers or pay a penalty.
  • H.R. 2575, The Save American Workers Act of 2014, which changes the definition of a full-time worker from one who works at least 30 hours to one who works at least 40 hours.
  • H.R. 3425, the Health Care Access Fairness and Penalty Delay Act of 2013, H.R. 2668, the Fairness for American Families Act, and H.R. 4118, the SIMPLE Fairness Act, all of which delay the tax penalty attached to the ACA individual mandate that demands individuals purchase health insurance.
  • H.J.Res, 59, the Continuing Appropriations Resolution of 2014, and cosponsored H.R 523, the Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2013, both of which were bipartisan efforts to repeal the medical device excise tax.

Scott coauthored a letter to then Secretary Sebelius to encourage the Department of Health and Human Services to prioritize resources to combat fraud in the Affordable Care Act health insurance exchanges.

Scott held thirteen workshops throughout the district for constituents to lean how the ACA benefits them and what he is doing to make it better.

 

V. HEALTHCARE CAUCUS MEMBERSHIP

Children’s Health Caucus, Diabetes Caucus, House Biomedical Research Caucus, Medical Technology Caucus, Neuroscience Caucus, Research and Development Caucus

 

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Digital Journal - Representative Scott Peters (D-CA) Champions Clinical Research Innovation Month

WASHINGTON--(Business Wire)--Association of Clinical Research Organizations (ACRO) Executive Director Doug Peddicord today issued the following statement on the Resolution (H.Res.733) introduced by Representative Scott Peters (D-CA) in the House of Representatives to designate September as Clinical Research Innovation Month in America:

Representative Scott Peters (D-CA) Champions Clinical Research Innovation Month

Rep. Peters Brings Together San Diego Leaders and DC Policy Makers

Rep. Peters hosted several roundtable discussions today: a standing room only briefing on the Military Transition Support Project; San Diego’s innovative telehealth and wireless medicine sector; ending the ongoing problem of homelessness among the veterans’ population; discussing bipartisan problem solving with NoLabels.org; and San Diego’s sustainable water future.

Congressman Scott Peters, Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins Hold Resource Workshop and Policy Summit for Women and Working Families

Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) and Speaker of the California Assembly Toni G. Atkins hosted a resource workshop and policy seminar for women and working families. The event focused on the challenges women face while finding a work-life balance, working full-time while caring for children or aging parents, or when seeking to re-enter the workforce.

NBC 7 - VA Clinic Opens in Sorrento Valley

A new VA clinic has opened in Sorrento Valley to respond to the influx of veterans in San Diego County.

Officials opened the clinic Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house.

The 9,950-square-foot space will provide four primary care teams and 15 exams rooms in addition to team rooms and will be able to treat 17,000 patients a year.

The new clinic was crucial to meet the needs of the burgeoning vet population, said Dr. Robert Smith, chief of staff for the VA health care system in San Diego.

UT - New VA clinic expected to reduce wait times

Friday’s ribbon-cutting for a Department of Veterans Affairs health clinic in Sorrento Valley is expected to help shorten the appointment backlog for first-time patients, which has grown from an historical average of 19 days to 30 days for primary-care visits.

Those figures are included in a new analysis of wait times at VA clinics coast to coast. The report also shows that while established mental-health patients can see a VA health provider in less than four days, people seeking such services for the first time currently wait an average of almost 40 days.

Rep. Peters Leads 71 Members in Call to Keep Congress in Session, Finish Pressing Legislative Business

“San Diegans and the American people deserve to see action on important issues, including funding the government past September 30 and avoiding another government shutdown, fighting and preventing wildfires that are burning the western states today, passing comprehensive immigration reform, protecting voting rights nationwide, and ensuring equal pay for equal work.”

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