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Congressman Diane Black

Representing the 6th District of Tennessee

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VIDEO: Rep. Black Speaks in Support of Granting Access to Home Dialysis Therapy for Medicare Patients

July 25, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3164, granting seniors with end-stage renal disease access to home dialysis therapy under Medicare. The bill is included in the Medicare Part B Improvement Act of 2017 and was passed by voice vote. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a member of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, spoke on the House floor in support of the bipartisan legislation. To watch a video of her remarks, click here.

Remarks as prepared for delivery are provided below:

M. Speaker, I want to thank my colleagues for working with me on an important piece of legislation included in this package to improve the quality of life for seniors on Medicare across the country. 

As a nurse, I am proud to sponsor a bill that enhances care for patients suffering from end-stage renal disease.

Thanks to tremendous advances in technology over the last decade, physicians can remotely monitor patients’ dialysis treatment through telehealth to reduce the number of medical visits necessary, ensure treatment efficacy, and catch signs of complications early.

Telehealth provides patients an important care component in the comfort of their own homes, while giving physicians a new tool to treat their patients’ whole health.

Our seniors deserve access to this innovative care AND it can save money, helping to ensure Medicare can be there for our seniors who need it most.

I urge my colleagues to take a vote for your constituents, and for Medicare beneficiaries across the country, and support this bill. 

I look forward to continuing this work with Members on both sides of the aisle to bring our nation’s seniors access to these kinds of innovative telehealth technologies that improve care and help lower the cost of treatment.

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

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