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Health Care

Obamacare:

The Fiscal Year 2016 Reconciliation bill repealed some of the most harmful parts of Obamacare. This bill was first passed by the Budget Committee, of which Congressman Mooney is a Member. He voted for the bill in Committee and on the Floor. Congressman Mooney believes that Obamacare should be replaced with patient-centered policies.

  • Congressman Mooney voted to repeal the harmful Medical Device Tax provision of Obamacare.
    • This tax was harmful because it hindered the ability of companies to continue manufacturing life-saving treatments, like insulin pumps and oxygen tanks.

Meaningful Use:

Congressman Mooney advocates for doctors who have been harmed by the Administration’s meaningful use standards. The HITECH Act, signed into law in 2009, requires doctors to make “meaningful use” of electronic health records. While electronic health records can be useful and important, the benchmarks required by this legislation are too much too soon. Many doctors cannot keep up with the requirements and need more time to comply with them.

  • Cosponsor of H.R. 3940- Meaningful Use Hardship Act- would protect physicians from penalties from not complying with Meaningful Use Stage 2.
  • Cosponsor of H.R. 3309- FLEX-IT 2 Act- halts all rulemaking on meaningful use until at least 75% of hospitals have had time to comply with the requirements already in place.
  • Congressman Mooney signed a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services and Office of Management and Budget calling for a delay in Meaningful Use stage 3.

Diseases:

Congressman Mooney is passionate about helping people who suffer from diseases in our district. In the Second Congressional District we have high incidence rates of arthritis, diabetes, and various cancers.

  • He is a member of the Congressional Arthritis Caucus.
  • He cosponsored H.R.1427-the Medicare CGM Access Act, which would require Medicare to cover the cost of life-saving continuous glucose monitors for people with diabetes.
  • He is a cosponsor of H.R. 1220- Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2015, which would require Medicare to cover patient colonoscopies whether a polyp is found and removed or not.

Rural Healthcare:

  • Congressman Mooney is a co-sponsor of H.R. 663- the Rural Hospital Access Act
  • Congressman Mooney fights for critical access hospitals. He, and the entire West Virginia delegation, have sent two letters to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services on behalf of our state’s critical access hospitals.
  • The Congressman is a cosponsor of H.R. 592-Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act- this bill would allow pharmacists to be reimbursed for care they provide, such as diabetes and nutrition counseling. This is needed in rural areas where a doctor might be far away and a pharmacist might be the only healthcare provider a patient has access to. 

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January 20, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – Republican Congressman Alex X. Mooney (WV-2) released the following statement about the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump:

June 9, 2016 In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bill that would take pressure off doctors who prescribe narcotic pain medications to patients at hospitals is being discussed in Congress.

 

On Wednesday, West Virginia Second District Congressman Alex Mooney (R-W.Va.) discussed the Promoting Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP) Act to the Ways and Means Committee of the House of Representatives.

April 25, 2016 In The News

MARTINSBURG-Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Republican Congressman Alex Mooney of West Virginia, presented a package of 15 bills targeted toward the heroin and opioid epidemic during a press conference Thursday morning.

The outdoor conference was held at the nation's capitol in Washington, D.C.

Mooney, who presented and spoke about a bill he introduced known as the Promoting Responsible Opioid Prescribing Act, said he was pleased with the way the press conference went.

April 25, 2016 In The News

MARTINSBURG-Republican Congressman Alex Mooney has introduced a bill known as the Promoting Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP) Act, and the bill has recently gained national attention from Time magazine.

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin also co-sponsored a similar piece of legislation in the U.S. Senate, so the bills will be seen in both the Senate and House chambers.

April 7, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC –  Today, Congressman Alex X. Mooney’s bill, the Promoting Responsible Opioid Prescribing Act, also known as the PROP Act, was introduced in the United States Senate by Ron Johnson (WI-R), Joe Manchin (WV-D), John Barrasso (WY-R) and Richard Blumenthal (CT-D). This bill makes a technical modification to the Affordable Care Act to eliminate a potential penalty on physicians who refuse to overprescribe opioid drugs. 

March 1, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC –Today, Congressman Alex X. Mooney’s bill, H.R. 4499, the Promoting Responsible Opioid Prescribing Act, was introduced as an amendment by Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin to the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 in the Senate.

The Johnson amendment demonstrates support in both chambers of Congress for Rep. Mooney’s bill. 

February 9, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Alex X. Mooney introduced H.R. 4499, the bipartisan Promoting Responsible Opioid Prescribing Act, also known as the PROP Act. This bill makes a technical modification to the Affordable Care Act to eliminate a potential penalty on physicians who refuse to overprescribe opioid drugs. 

February 2, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. --- Today, Congressman Alex X. Mooney voted to override President Obama’s veto of H.R. 3762, Restoring American’s Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act.

September 18, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. - Yesterday, Congressman Alex X. Mooney spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives to voice his support of H.R. 3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act.  This act would prohibit the funding of Planned Parenthood for a year to allow a full Congressional investigation to take place.

September 8, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1462, the Protecting Our Infants Act; Congressman Alex X. Mooney co-sponsored this vital piece of legislation that he helped pass unanimously today.  This bill would help newborns suffering from Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), a medical condition that is the result of prenatal exposure to opioids in the womb, by streamlining treatment plans across the country. In recent years, incidences of the syndrome have increased throughout the US.