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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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June 20, 2018 In The News

EASTON— Addiction for Bruce Strazza started at 11 years old, with pills, marijuana and alcohol to numb the pain of his home life. His story is one many Americans currently experience with opioids.

June 7, 2018 In The News

CENTREVILLE — Congressman Andy Harris, R-Md.-1st, held a round table discussion with American Legion Post 18 members in Centreville Friday, June 1, to discuss a host of issues facing veterans of every stripe.

Among the topics were veteran homelessness, alarming veteran suicide rates, inconsistencies in care at VA hospitals and pathways to citizenship for documented immigrants who join the armed forces.

May 22, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: On May 22, the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 204, the Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act. This legislation increases terminally ill patients’ access to experimental drugs that have not yet been approved or licensed by the FDA. Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) issued the following statement lauding the bill’s passage:

May 17, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: On May 17, the House Committee on Appropriations marked up the FY19 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill. Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) offered, and the committee passed, an amendment urging the Drug Enforcement Agency to expeditiously process the several pending applications for research-related marijuana production. Congressman Harris released the following statement lauding its passage:

May 11, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: On May 11, Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. released the following statement after President Trump unveiled his plan for lowering the cost of prescription drugs, entitled the American Patients First Blueprint:

March 28, 2018 In The News

ELKTON — U.S. Rep. Andy Harris (R-1st District) received a list of issues to tackle related to the nation’s opioid epidemic during a Friday meeting with officials from Ashley Addiction Treatment and Union Hospital.

“Your passion for this is amazing,” he said. “Government is not going to be the solution. We can help, but in the end if you don’t have organizations like this it doesn’t work.”

January 24, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: On January 24, the U.S. Senate confirmed Alex Azar II to serve as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) issued the following statement in support of Mr. Azar’s confirmation:

January 11, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: On January 11, Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) released the following statement regarding the announcement that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will now accept proposals from individual states to implement work and community engagement requirements for able-bodied, working age Medicaid recipients: