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Congressman Diane Black

Representing the 6th District of Tennessee

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More than six years after the Affordable Care Act—commonly known as Obamacare—was forced into law on a party line vote, it is clear that this law is not able to live up to its most basic promises. Instead, Obamacare is resulting in higher premiums, dropped coverage, and a weaker economy.

For me, the health care debate is all too familiar—a similar program, called TennCare, failed in Tennessee less than 20 years ago.  Initial cost estimates for TennCare were low, but for 10 years we watched our Medicaid program’s cost grow unsustainably to the point of nearly bankrupting our state.

As a registered nurse for more than 40 years, I recognize the need to address problems in our health care system. But rather than a top-down federal rewrite of one-sixth of our economy, we need to expand access and work to lower costs with a more patient-centered, market-based approach.

I was proud to author the first billed signed into law by President Obama that successfully repealed a healthcare provision of Obamacare, saving taxpayers $13 billion, and I have continued voting to defund and repeal this law in full. I am additionally a proud supporter of House Republicans’ “Better Way” blueprint for health care, which offers an alternative vision to Obamacare and uses conservative principles to enact meaningful reform. Our plan spurs competition by allowing Americans to purchase health insurance across state lines, enacts common-sense medical malpractice reform, and protects individuals with preexisting conditions. You can read more about the plan here.

While the debate over Obamacare is oftentimes polarizing, there are other areas of health policy in which I believe we can find broad, bipartisan consensus. For example, I supported a series of House-passed bills to combat the nationwide opioid addiction crisis, authored bipartisan legislation to expand access to telemedicine, and have joined with Republicans and Democrats alike as a co-chair and co-founder of the Congressional Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus, which seeks to give a voice to family caregivers and offer solutions to help Americans find the health care solutions for aging loved ones that best suit their family’s needs.

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October 12, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, President Trump signed an Executive Order to reform the healthcare system by expanding choices and alternatives to Obamacare plans, and increasing competition of providers to drastically lower costs for consumers. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement:

October 6, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Trump administration announced that religious ministries, non-profits, businesses and school entities would no longer be forced to choose between violating their moral and religious beliefs or violating the law under the Obamacare contraceptive mandate. In 2011, the Obama administration required employers and insurers to cover contraceptive methods, including abortifacients, under the Affordable Care Act even if they opposed on moral and religious grounds.

September 26, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA-23), along with Reps. Diane Black (R-TN-06), Trent Franks (R-AZ-08), Vicki Hartzler (R-MO-04) and Chris Smith (R-NJ-04), held a press conference announcing that the House of Representatives will vote on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.

September 13, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Increasing Telehealth Access to Medicare Act (H.R. 3727), authored by Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), passed unanimously in the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee. The bill increases access to telehealth services for Medicare Advantage enrollees and allows plans to build telehealth services into their bids, giving them the option of offering these services as a core part of their care model.

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.

July 25, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan piece of legislation granting seniors with end-stage renal disease access to home dialysis therapy under Medicare. The bill, H.R. 3164, is included in the Medicare Part B Improvement Act of 2017 and was passed by voice vote. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement:

July 13, 2017 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, Reps. Diane Black (R-TN-06), Suzan DelBene (D-WA-01) and Patrick Meehan (R-PA-07) praised movement on their bipartisan legislation, also co-sponsored by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA-05), expanding access to home dialysis therapy under the Medicare program for patients with end stage renal disease.
July 11, 2017 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Bill Cassidy, MD (R-Louis.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and U.S. Representatives Diane Black (R-Tenn.), Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) today reintroduced legislation to encourage Medicare beneficiaries to create electronic advance directives, legal documents that allow patients to clearly articulate their preferences for their medical care should they suffer from a debilitating illness or condition.
June 7, 2017 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) joined with Reps. Jackie Walorski (R-IN-02), Martha Roby (R-AL-02), Virginia Foxx (R-NC-05) and Vicky Hartzler (R-MO-04) praising the leaked Health and Human Services (HHS) regulation that would exempt employers from providing contraceptive coverage for employees on the basis of moral or religious objection.
February 17, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a nurse of more than 45 years and member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, introduced H.R. 1130, the Fair Medicare Hospital Payments Act of 2017, alongside Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL-07) and 13 other cosponsors, including every member of Tennessee’s Congressional delegation.