Today, U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao invited the United States Secretary of the Department of Health and Human services to visit California’s Twenty First Congressional District.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao invited the United States Secretary of the Department of Health and Human services to visit California’s Twenty First Congressional District. In the letter to U.S. Secretary Tom Price, MD, Congressman Valadao highlights the resulting negative implications of California’s low Medicaid reimbursement rates.
Congressman Valadao stated, “Under current law, Central Valley emergency rooms are overflowing, parents are unable to choose the best options for their children, and our communities are prevented from recruiting medical professionals. This is the somber reality my constituents face each and every day.” He continued, “Ensuring America’s most vulnerable communities, such as those living in my Congressional District, have access to quality, affordable health care is incredibly important. I would be honored to host Secretary Price and provide him with the opportunity to gain the unique perspective of my constituents firsthand.”
Building upon the American Health Care Act
, Congressman Valadao and Congressman Denham recently introduced H.R. 2779; the Assessing Critical Care Efforts to Strengthen Services (ACCESS) Act
, to further improve health care in California’s Central Valley. The legislation creates a Medicaid Payment Model Demonstration Project through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), which is supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMMI), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This Demonstration Project will focus on how to improve payment models to recruit and retain physicians to serve low-income individuals residing in counties, such as those in California's Twenty First Congressional District, with a disproportionately high share of Medicaid enrollees.
The complete text of Congressman Valadao’s letter to Secretary Tom Price can be found here
. More information on H.R. 2779 can be found here
Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.