| Sept. 22, 2014, 2:32 p.m.
Thirty years ago, Congress passed the Hatch-Waxman Act with bipartisan support. This legislation greatly expanded access to prescription drugs in America by accelerating the review process for generic drugs, thereby significantly lowering the cost to consumers, many of whom who are seniors and low- to moderate-income families. Since its passage, generic drugs now constitute approximately 84 percent of prescriptions in the United States.
| Sept. 19, 2014, 11 a.m.
This week in a hearing titled ďExamining Ways to Combat Antibiotic Resistance and Foster New Drug Development,Ē the House Energy and Commerce Committee will take a deep dive into the number one public health threat facing the U.S.
| Sept. 17, 2014, 2:51 p.m.
Tilapia disguised as red snapper. Escolar sold as white tuna. Farmed salmon labeled as wild, caught from Alaska. These are all real cases of seafood mislabeling that have been found in the United States, and this type of fraud may be more common than you think.
| Sept. 15, 2014, 3:32 p.m.
Electoral politics will soon take over in Washington. Before the midterm elections completely dominate news cycles and lawmakersí time, Congress should ensure full funding of the Childrenís Health Insurance Program, without which millions of children risk losing vital health coverage.
| Sept. 12, 2014, 3:09 p.m.
Astronomer, scientist and writer Carl Sagan is thought to have said, ďSomewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.Ē I know what that statement means because I live and breathe the reality of discovery every day, as do my colleagues practicing at nonprofit clinical laboratories in academic medical centers across the nation. We are engaged in scientific innovation that has improved the lives of countless patients. Congress has shown admirable leadership in this area by launching the 21st Century Cures Initiative with the objective of ensuring regulation does not stand in the way of scientific achievements that are changing how we practice medicine.
| Sept. 10, 2014, 6:33 p.m.
Iíve seen a hockey player do it on the top of a glacier and a senator do it in a freezing Alaska lake. Iíve done it. My kids have done it. These days, itís hard to turn on the television or log on to the computer without seeing a friend, family member or celebrity dunk themselves with icy cold water in the name of ALS awareness.
| Sept. 10, 2014, 6:31 p.m.
When Obamacare was sold to the American people, it was sold under the guise it would improve our access to and quality of health care. It was relayed to us that this law would bring about fairness and equality to women. But the reality is that this law has failed us ó and it has failed women in particular. So when Obamacare called for a whopping 14 percent cut to Medicareís home health funding, it became clear that little regard was given to potential consequences. The Obama administration overlooked the devastating repercussions this would have on our nationís 3.5 million home health beneficiaries ó 60 percent of whom are women.
| Sept. 8, 2014, 6:09 p.m.
The completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 did more than unlock many of the secrets of manís DNA. It also fundamentally broadened the collaborative use of medical data, according to a top National Institutes of Health researcher.
| Sept. 8, 2014, 6:04 p.m.
Tech firms, including Amazon.com Inc., are asking Congress to redefine the rules on medical privacy, saying the risks of potential disclosure should be weighed again against the anticipated benefits of wider sharing and easier access to crucial health data.
| Sept. 8, 2014, 5:10 p.m.
Youíve probably heard of this summerís Supreme Court decision in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby that let employers pick and choose what birth control methods they would cover, inserting themselves in a key decision between a woman and her doctor. Many Americans were justifiably angry. What you might not know is thereís a U.S. policy thatís been undermining the trust between women and their doctors around the world for the past 30 years.
| Sept. 5, 2014, 3:57 p.m.
Based on my experience as a commissioned officer in the United States Army Reserve and as a veteran of the Iraq and the Afghanistan wars, I feel that I have a deep understanding of what our service members, veterans and military families have sacrificed for this nation. This is why I am concerned that there is a concerted effort, on Capitol Hill and in the administration, to block access to for-profit colleges for active duty military and veterans.
| Sept. 3, 2014, 11:59 a.m.
Days after Congress skipped out of Washington for recess last month, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced plans to shift some $400 million in funding from other agency programs to manage the Southwest border crisis.
| Sept. 2, 2014, 5 a.m.
Since being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1961, Chris Stiehl has witnessed every innovation in care over the past 50 years. Yet, with all the great medical and technological advances, he lives each day ó like everyone with diabetes ó with the threat of dangerous low blood sugar levels. And he fears that in two years, he will no longer be able afford the device that has helped him easily manage his glucose levels because itís not covered by Medicare.
| Aug. 29, 2014, 1:29 p.m.
As Congress returns next week from the summer recess, itís time to finally take action on comprehensive mental health reform. Nearly two years after the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in Newtown, Conn. focused attention on the nationís broken mental health system, there has been much discussion in Congress about how to improve mental health care but very little resolution.
| Aug. 19, 2014, 11:10 a.m.
While it is not a secret that the Veteranís Affairs hospital system has had inefficiencies for many years, the recent spotlight on veteransí long wait times for basic medical attention has made headlines for good reason.
| Aug. 15, 2014, 5 a.m.
Some bad ideas never seem to go away.
| Aug. 13, 2014, 10:21 a.m.
The Department of Veterans Affairs health care access crisis was a long time in the making. Many years of inadequate funding, creative accounting, budget gimmickry, and lengthy delays in passing appropriations bills stretched the VAís capacity to the breaking point and made competent management of the agency next to impossible.
| Aug. 12, 2014, 5 a.m.
The Affordable Care Act was sold to the American public with the promise of improved access to health care for all who previously could not afford it. In a September 2013 speech on the ACA, President Barack Obama recalled examples of Americans he had met during his campaign who, because of financial obstacles, had to unfairly choose between their home and their health care.
| Aug. 11, 2014, 5:53 p.m.
More than 25 years ago, a young boy named Ryan White stole the hearts and minds of Americans everywhere when he was diagnosed with a rare and mysterious disease called AIDS. A lot has changed since the disease claimed the lives of Ryan and countless others. There are now more than 1.1 million people living with HIV or AIDS in the U.S. today ó the highest level of people ever in our country living with HIV. Thatís largely due to both people living longer and the level of new infections, roughly around 50,000, each year.
| Aug. 11, 2014, 5 a.m.
Dire headlines from around the globe and polls showing a record-breaking plunge in the publicís confidence in our Supreme Court, Congress and the office of the president may make the average American want to throw up their hands in despair. But in what many might consider the least expected place to look, I have found something truly worth celebrating. I wish more Americans knew about the unprecedented American effort that saves millions of childrenís lives around the world every year providing a true beacon of hope.