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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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March 25, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of $218,217 in federal grants from the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  Funding was provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020, also known as the “Phase I” Congressional emergency legislation.  HRSA-funded health centers may use the awards to address screening and testing needs, acquire medical supplies, and boost telehealth capacity in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

February 4, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) made the following statement regarding President Trump’s State of the Union Address this evening:

December 30, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of a $125,000 grant to treat and prevent substance abuse in Worcester County.  The grant is through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the funds will be administered by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. 

The $125,000 federal grant is to Mosaic Community Services, Inc., located in Pocomoke City, for the Berlin Prevention Works Coalition for Drugs and Alcohol-Free Communities. 

November 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of a $1,828,263 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. 

September 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of a $1,000,000 federal grant to Maintaining Active Citizens (MAC) Incorporated in the City of Salisbury.  The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the funds will be dispersed through the Alzheimer’s Disease Program Initiative.  

September 9, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: On Wednesday, September 4th, the Trump Administration announced the release of over $1.8 billion in funding to states to continue efforts to fight the opioid epidemic in their communities.  Over $900 million will be awarded from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to states and localities for improvement in overdose data collection and real-time tracking.  From these funds, the Maryland Department of Public Health has been awarded $7.2 million.  Additionally, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a division of the U.S. Depart

August 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced a $387,500 award to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES).  The funds were awarded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, an office under the Department of Health and Human Services. The funding will support Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry Research at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and help investigate biomarkers for prostate cancers.

Congressman Harris made the following statement:

August 22, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced awards to Choptank Community Health System, Inc., located in Denton, Three Lower Counties Community Services, Inc., located in Salisbury, and West Cecil Health Center, Inc, located in Conowingo.  The recipients are health care service centers in Maryland’s First District. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $108,302 to Choptank Community Health System, $56,000 to Three Lower Counties Community Services, and $35,611 to West Cecil Health Center under the Health Center Cluster Program.

July 19, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) made the following statement in regards to the U.S. House of Representatives taking up the issue of the Cadillac Tax:

“The cost estimate for this bill is $168 billion over the next ten years, yet Members of Congress who criticized the Trump tax cuts were willing to eliminate this tax and increase our debt and deficit.  While almost every Democrat supported the bill, I’m surprised so many of them cast a vote in favor of repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).”

July 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) applauds the award of $750,000 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for Rural Residency Planning and Development (RRPD) grants at the University of Maryland. HRSA is an agency under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).