Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

Health Care

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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HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act)

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Congressman Scott Peters Issues New Year’s Resolutions for 114th Congress

“Americans are exasperated by the lack of progress and productivity from Congress, and rightly so,” said Rep. Peters after being sworn in to his second term. “Today, I issue this list of New Year’s Resolutions for the 114th Congress as a call to action, and a reminder to us all that we’ve been granted a great and serious honor by the American people. We owe them more policy and less politics, and our steadfast commitment to giving them a Congress they can be proud of, and the representation they deserve.”

Rep. Peters Votes to Fund San Ysidro Border Crossing and Reduce VA Backlog

This evening, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) voted in favor of bipartisan legislation that prevents a federal government shutdown and funds San Diego’s border infrastructure, gives our troops a pay raise, brings in personnel to cut down on the backlog of claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), provides money to fight wildfires, and supports NIH and algae research being done in our region.

Rep. Peters Helps Pass Military Budget That Benefits San Diego

“Passing this bill will benefit San Diego’s economy and serve our national security interests,” Rep. Peters said. “This will improve our military’s readiness efforts and protect our promises to servicemembers and their families. I am glad that the House and Senate Armed Services Committees came together for a constructive discussion to form this agreement, ensuring that we pass our 53rd straight military budget.”

Rep. Peters Announces Important Information about Increased Veterans Health Care Choices

The Veterans Choice Program will allow qualifying veterans to see providers outside the VA healthcare system to ensure they receive high-quality, timely health care. “As the Department of Veterans Affairs continues to implement the much needed reforms that Congress passed, this program will allow veterans to more efficiently receive the care they deserve,” said Rep. Peters. “Now we must get the information out there, so that our veterans are aware that these programs are available.”

Rep. Peters’ Bill to Reduce Housing Assistance Red Tape Passes House of Representatives

Today, the Housing Assistance Efficiency Act, introduced last summer by U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52), passed the House of Representatives unopposed. It comes as the City of San Diego seeks to find a permanent home for its temporary homeless shelter, and as the colder winter season places homeless populations across the country in an increasingly vulnerable position.

Local Business Leaders Laud Rep. Scott Peters’ Advocacy for Region’s Biotech Industry at Announcement of Biocom’s ‘Elected Official of the Year’

Biocom President Joe Panetta and local business leaders, including former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, gathered at Arena Pharmaceuticals in Sorrento Valley to announce that U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) will be named Biocom’s 2014 ‘Elected Official of the Year.' Rep. Peters is receiving the award for his advocacy for federal scientific research and commitment in Congress to promoting San Diego’s world-renowned biotechnology industry.

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