Health Care

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Advocates for Projects Benefiting Texas’ Seventh Congressional District, Moving Them Forward in House

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Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) announced that fifteen projects benefiting Texas’ Seventh Congressional District that she requested have been included in legislation passed by subcommittees of the House Appropriations Committee, bringing them one step closer to House passage. “I am pleased to announce that the Appropriations Committee is moving legislation forward that will provide Te...

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher’s Bipartisan Mental Health Bill Passes House

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6.22 COCM Act Passes House

Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher’s (TX-07) bipartisan bill, the Collaborate in an Orderly and Cohesive Manner (COCM) Act, H.R. 5218, passed the House. The legislation invests in the Collaborative Care Model (CoCM), an evidence-based model that integrates behavioral health into the primary care setting to ensure Americans can access mental health care services when they need them. It was includ...

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher’s Bill To Improve and Develop Pediatric Medical Devices Passes House

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PMDC Authorization

This week, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher’s (TX-07) and Congressman Gus Bilirakis’ (FL-12) bipartisan legislation to further the development of pediatric medical devices, H.R. 7679, passed the House. The bill reauthorizes the Pediatric Device Consortia (PDC) grant program and allows profits for certain Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE) devices. It was included in a broader piece of legislation, t...

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Advocates for ARPA-H to be Located in Texas

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Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) and Congressman Colin Allred (TX-32) led a letter with 10 of their colleagues to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra urging him to consider Texas as the location for the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H). Congress created ARPA-H to improve the U.S. government’s ability to accelerate biomedical and he...

Congresswoman Fletcher’s Bipartisan Health Care Bills Advance in House

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Today, two of Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher’s (TX-07) bills, H.R. 7679 and H.R. 5218, passed the Energy and Commerce Committee, moving one step closer to becoming law. H.R. 7679 is a bill to improve and develop pediatric medical devices by reauthorizing the Pediatric Device Consortia (PDC) grant program and allow profits for certain Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE) devices. The Collaborate in a...

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher and Congresswoman Cori Bush Lead 100 Members of Congress in Working To Restore Access to Medicaid Reproductive Health Care Services

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Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) and Congresswoman Cori Bush (MO-01) led a letter, which 98 of their colleagues joined, to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to urge the immediate enforcement of Medicaid’s free choice of provider requirement, after states like Texas and Missouri excluded qualified providers from their Medicaid programs in violation of federal law, cutting...

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher and Congressman Gus Bilirakis Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Improve and Develop Pediatric Medical Devices

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Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) and Congressman Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) introduced bipartisan legislation to help further development of pediatric medical devices by reauthorizing the Pediatric Device Consortia (PDC) grant program and allowing profits for certain Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE) devices. Medical devices for children often lag five to ten years behind that of adults b...

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Advocates for TX-07 Priorities in Hearing with Health and Human Services Secretary

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Yesterday, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary (HHS) Xavier Becerra testified before the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on the Fiscal Year 2023 HHS Budget. During the hearing, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) advocated for Houston’s Texas Medical Center as a potential site for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Health (ARPA-H) that Congress authorized earlier this ye...

ICYMI: New Democrat Coalition Endorses Congresswoman Fletcher’s Bipartisan Mental Health Care Bill

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The New Democrat Coalition endorsed 22 bipartisan mental health care and substance use disorder bills, including Congresswoman Fletcher’s Collaborate in an Orderly and Cohesive Manner Act, H.R. 5218. The New Democrat Coalition is the U.S. House of Representatives’ largest Democratic caucus, committed to pro-economic growth, pro-innovation, and fiscally responsible policies. From the New Democrat C...

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher’s Mental Health Bill Moves Forward in House

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COCM Act

Today, Congresswoman Fletcher participated in the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee hearing entitled Communities in Need: Legislation to Support Mental Health and Well-Being, to highlight mental health legislation, including Congresswoman Fletcher’s bipartisan bill, the Collaborate in an Orderly and Cohesive Manner (COCM) Act, H.R. 5218. “Our mental health is as vital to our well...