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Healthcare

Congressman Ruppersberger was nearly killed in a car crash while he was working as a prosecutor in Baltimore County. Saved by the doctors at Maryland’s University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, he decided to run for office to give back to his community. He remains committed to making sure all Americans can access life-saving medicine. Dutch believes:

Obamacare should be improved – but not repealed.

Dutch supported healthcare reform because it addresses the unsustainable healthcare costs affecting all Americans, particularly seniors and children. It prevents insurance companies from dropping customers when they get sick or denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. It lifts limits on the services you receive and expands coverage to young adults entering the job market. It offers free preventive care for seniors and lowers their prescription drug costs. During negotiations, Dutch worked to exempt small businesses and would support expanding the exemption threshold to companies with 50 employees or even more.

Medical malpractice reform should be part of the solution to rising healthcare costs.

Dutch worked behind the scenes on a state-level tort reform effort and remains committed to sensible liability limits that experts agree will save taxpayers billions of dollars. Limits on jury awards in malpractice suits will lower insurance premiums for doctors, which are passed on to patients. It will also prevent doctors from ordering unnecessary and costly tests and procedures to avoid misdiagnosis.

Medical research must be part of the solution to rising healthcare costs.

Funding for medical research is key to our country’s economic recovery. In Maryland, the growing life sciences sector has generated one third of all job gains over the past decade and is now supporting more than $9.6 billion in salaries for Maryland families. It’s also our best hope for finding cures, improving treatments and gaining a better understanding of the complex causes of diseases that affect millions of Americans. Dutch has secured federal aid for local research centers including the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins and Kennedy Krieger and will always support robust funding for federal research agencies like the National Institutes of Health.

We can plan for the future of Medicare and Medicaid without cutting benefits.

Medicare and Medicaid are the cornerstones of healthcare for millions of American seniors, especially those on fixed incomes. Dutch supports reducing costs – without cutting services – by eliminating fraud, waste, insurance overpayment and abuse. Preventing these mistakes alone will save $575 billion over the next decade. Dutch opposes a plan to turn Medicare into a voucher system because it would shift more costs to seniors. He supports a permanent fix to the formula currently used to calculate reimbursements for doctors who accept Medicare. Reimbursements below doctors’ actual costs threaten patient access and the quality of service suffers.

Women should have the right to make their own healthcare decisions.

Time and again, the courts have upheld a woman’s right to choose. Current law already prevents federal tax dollars from funding abortion and protects doctors who decline to perform them.

More on Healthcare

Jun 17, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $7,787,892 in American Rescue Plan funding to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines in underserved and minority communities across the region.

Jun 1, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, DC) -- Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today joined his fellow Team Maryland colleagues -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen as well as Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone -- in announcing nearly $28 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding designed to reduce health disparities by strengthening health equity initiatives in high-risk and underserved communities across the state.

May 27, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced more than $796,000 in American Rescue Plan funding to expand mental and behavioral health training across the state. 

May 24, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, DC) -- Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen as well as Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) in announcing $36,358,851 in American Rescue Plan funding to support our state’s pandemic response.

May 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced nearly $55.4 million in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan to expand access to mental health services and substance use disorder treatment programs across the state.

May 13, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday unanimously passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Congressmen C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) that provides $10 million in federal grants to hospitals that want to create or expand intervention programs for patients who are recovering from injuries as a result of violent crime. H.R.

May 7, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced more than $32.6 million in federal funding for the Association of Public Health Laboratories, based in Silver Spring, Maryland, to expand domestic and global health research and preparedness efforts.

Apr 29, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all Md.) today announced that Maryland will receive more than $90 million in emergency federal funding to support the state’s ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response.

Apr 28, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, DC) –  Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger has introduced legislation designating the month of May as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) Awareness Month to increase awareness of this potentially-fatal genetic disease that currently has few treatment options and no cure.

Apr 22, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, and Anthony G. Brown (all D-Md.) today announced more than $5.5 million in emergency federal funding to boost COVID-19 vaccine rollout and management in Prince George’s County and the City of Baltimore.