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Congressman Diane Black

Representing the 6th District of Tennessee


Rep. Black Fights for Healthcare Provisions Included in Government Funding Measure

February 6, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Included in the spending bill to fund the government through March 23, 2018 are healthcare provisions championed by Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) to improve the Medicare system and increase access to tele-health for rural communities. The U.S. House of Representatives will vote tonight on the continuing resolution.

“In Tennessee’s rural communities, the wider offering of tele-health services means more access to care. And for patients in suburban and urban communities throughout the state, it offers the benefit of reducing the number of in-person visits to healthcare providers. We have seen tremendous advances in technology over the last decade and as a nurse, I know how important this accessibility can be for treatment,” said Congressman Black. “I am very pleased to see these measures included in our continuing resolution and I am proud to fight for patient-centered healthcare reforms in Tennessee.”

Congressman Black’s measures in the continuing resolution:

  • Increasing Tele-health Access in Medicare Act (H.R. 3727)
  • Expanding the Medicare Advantage V-BID model testing to all 50 states (H.R. 1995)
  • H.R. 3164 included in the Medicare Part B Improvement Act
  • Tele-stroke and ACO provisions included in the CONNECT for Health Act of 2017 (H.R. 2556)
  • A 2-year extension of the Medicare-Dependent Hospital (MDH) program and a 2-year extension of increased inpatient hospital payment adjustment for Low Volume Hospitals
  • A 2-year extension for sexual risk avoidance education


Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 40 years, she serves as a member of the House Budget Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.