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Congressman Andy Harris

Representing the First District of Maryland

Health

As a physician, I am keenly aware of the challenges that all Americans face when it comes to health care.  The previous president’s health care law only made things worse – the cost of insurance has gone up along with healthcare costs, while the quality of care and choice of providers has gone down, especially for our seniors.

I believe people with preexisting medical conditions should retain access to insurance. However, real reforms are necessary to make quality health care coverage more affordable and accessible.  Tort reform will do away with frivolous lawsuits and reduce health care costs for everyone.  Everyone should be able to purchase insurance across state lines – competition always provides the best possible product at the lowest possible price.  And finally, we must preserve and strengthen the doctor-patient relationship.  Physicians, not government bureaucrats, should provide guidance on medical decisions that affect you and your family.

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November 13, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: On November 13, President Trump nominated Alex Azar II to serve as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Mr. Azar is a native of Maryland’s Eastern Shore and served as General Counsel and Deputy Secretary for HHS under President George W. Bush. Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) issued the following statement in support of Mr. Azar’s nomination:

October 26, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: On October 26, President Trump declared the opioid addiction epidemic a Public Health Emergency. Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01), issued the following statement in support of the President’s declaration:

October 13, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) released the following statement in response to President Trump's decision to end Cost-Sharing Reduction (CSR) payments to health insurance companies:

"For years, the Obama Administration blatantly violated the Constitution by improperly funneling billions of dollars to insurance companies without Congressional appropriations. I applaud the President’s decision to end this unconstitutional practice.

October 12, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: On October 12, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order to expand access and choice for Americans seeking health insurance, while driving down costs. Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) released the following statement in support of the Executive Order:

“The nightmare of Obamacare has people feeling the pinch across the country.  Here in Maryland, the most popular plan premiums have just increased 50% and premiums have almost tripled since the Maryland exchange launched in 2014.  The choice of insurers locally has dwindled from seven to just two. 

October 2, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: On September 28, the Office of National Drug Control Policy designated Dorchester County, MD as part of the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). The HIDTA program provides assistance to Federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies operating in areas that are considered critical drug-trafficking regions in the United States. HIDTA currently funds 752 initiatives across the country, including enforcement, intelligence and information-sharing, and drug prevention and treatment.

October 2, 2017 In The News

The nation’s senior scientific body recently released a new report raising serious questions about the “scientific rigor” of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This report confirms what many in government have suspected for years and is the reason why Congress mandated this report in the first place: our nation's top nutrition policy is not based on sound science.

August 14, 2017 In The News

CAMBRIDGE — The Cambridge Rotary Club hosted U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, R-1st, Thursday, Aug. 10, during his visit to the county.

Harris discussed several topics, including tax reform, health care and foreign policy. He said he believes President Donald Trump will unite the country and help the country grow by packaging several key reforms together in a “Big Deal” to allow for greater bipartisan support so everyone gets something that will benefit them.

July 25, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: On July 25, Representatives Andy Harris, M.D. (R-MD-01), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-03), H. Morgan Griffith (R-VA-09), and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19) introduced the Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2017. This bill heeds the calls of the medical research community to address the burdensome processes that currently hinder medical research on marijuana. This bipartisan bill removes barriers inhibiting medical marijuana research.