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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Obamacare should be improved – but not repealed.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.

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Sep 10, 2020 Press Release

(Washington, DC) -- 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 G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone today announced $20,776,025 in emergency federal funding to help MedStar Health respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is authorized under Section 403 of the Stafford Act.
 

May 8, 2020 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – The Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, and David Trone announced $6,975,492 for 18 community health centers in Maryland through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Apr 30, 2020 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Members of the Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony Brown, Jamie B.

Apr 14, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – The full Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, today sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar urging him to target future monies from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (PHSSEF) toward Maryland hospitals, health care providers, and other health care entities that need them most.

Mar 31, 2020 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – The full Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, today announced $48,404,965 to support counties and cities in Maryland in their response to the economic and housing impacts of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). These awards come through the CARES Act, which was signed into law last week.

Mar 27, 2020 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) today voted in favor of bipartisan and historic legislation to address the global coronavirus pandemic, sending $2.2 trillion in immediate relief to families and small businesses across Maryland and the country. The “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” (CARES Act) passed the U.S. House of Representatives in a voice vote and now heads to the desk of President Trump for his signature.
 
Mar 26, 2020 Press Release

(Washington DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger joined the rest of the full Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, today in announcing $1.2 million in federal funding through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help community health centers (CHCs) throughout Maryland respond to the growing health demands posed by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Mar 6, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Andy Harris, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone today announced $500,000 in federal funding to support Maryland’s response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Funding comes from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These resources will help public health officials in Maryland monitor and assess possible coronavirus cases across the state.

Feb 27, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the federal response to the coronavirus outbreak:

Feb 12, 2020 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressmen C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) today introduced bipartisan legislation to expand hospital-based violence intervention programs around the country. The “End the Cycle of Violence Act” provides $10 million in federal grants to hospitals that offer services to victims of violent crime while they are recovering from their injuries.

Trauma centers see many “repeat customers” caught in a revolving door of violent re-injury. In fact, one of the leading risk factors for violent injury is a prior violent injury.