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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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June 30, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) issued the following statement after becoming an original co-sponsor of House Resolution 1026, which urges that local jurisdictions be empowered to make the decisions on re-opening schools:

June 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Andy Harris, M.D., as well as U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (all-Maryland) announced the award of $515,449 for Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Maryland through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) COVID-19 Telehealth Program, which was established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This funding will be used for the purchase of a patient engagement telehealth platform.

June 8, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of a $360,624 federal research grant to Salisbury University from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Engineering.  According to HHS, Academic Research Enhancement Awards support biomedical research projects conducted by faculty in academic institutions that have not been major recipients of National Institutes of Health (NIH) research awards.

May 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of a $1,096,958 federal grant to Choptank Community Health System, Inc., located in Denton.  The funds were awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services through the Health Center Cluster program. 

May 22, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) announced that the Wicomico County Government will receive $58,008 in federal grants from the Department of Justice’s Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program.  Specifically, the CESF Program allows States, U.S. Territories, the District of Columbia, units of local government, and federally recognized tribal governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus.

May 7, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of $1,639,947 in federal grants from the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  Funding was provided by the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which was signed into law by President Trump on April 24th.

April 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: On April 23, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 266, the Payroll Protection Program Increase and Health Care Enhancement Act. Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) issued the following statement on the bill’s passage:

April 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of up to $50 million in federal contracts to Hardwire LLC in Pocomoke from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to manufacture face shields in light of the Coronavirus outbreak.  Specifically, Hardwire has agreed to manufacture five million face shields under the contract agreement.

April 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of a $2,011,138 federal grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to Three Lower Counties Community Services, Inc. in Salisbury.  The award is funded through the annual HRSA competitive Health Center Cluster grant project.

Congressman Harris made the following statement:

April 7, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of $3,123,465 in federal grants from the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  Funding was provided by the recently enacted CARES Act, also known as the “Phase III” Congressional emergency legislation. 

Specifically, three health centers serving the Eastern Shore have been awarded funding: