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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) today announced his support for the final health care reform legislation that will come before the House for a vote on Sunday, March 21.
“I have decided to support the health reform legislation because it represents an historic opportunity to make health care more accessible and affordable now and into the future,” Bishop said. “I base this decision not on what is popular, but on what I believe is in the best interest for Georgia’s Second Congressional District both in the short and long-term.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) announced today that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $1,208,700 in grant funding for Southwest Georgia Health Care, Inc. (Richland, Ga.) to support construction and renovation projects, create new job opportunities in construction and health care and provide care for additional patients in an underserved rural community of Southwest Georgia. The grant is provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (“Stimulus bill”).
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) voted today in favor of H.R. 3961, the Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act, which will repeal a 21 percent fee reduction scheduled for January 2010 and replace it with a stable system to guarantee that Medicare beneficiaries continue to enjoy the same access to care that they have today.
“After months of studying the various proposals, listening to feedback from my constituents on both sides of the issue in town hall meetings, informal discussions, letters, e-mails and faxes, and after prayerful reflection, I concluded that I must support the health care reform legislation,” Bishop said. “I believe it would improve the lives of my constituents by ensuring that they have access to quality, affordable health care. H.R. 3962, while not perfect, makes substantial progress in this regard.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) announced today that he will hold a series of town hall meetings to discuss the very important issue of health care reform.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA02) today announced the release of $1.3 million that will support Southwest Georgia Health Care in Richland, Ga. These funds, authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will help citizens with little or no health insurance obtain access to primary and preventive health care services while also creating health care jobs in Georgia’s Second Congressional District.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. Although he says the House-passed Medicare reform bill agreement contains a number of positive provisions, U.S. Representative Bishop voted “no” after concluding the overall legislation is too “deeply flawed” and Congress could and should draft and enact a better version before the end of the 2003 session.
The U.S. House passed the bill 220-215 early Saturday morning (9/22) and sent it to the Senate.
Representative Bishop issued the following statement that appears in the Congressional Record:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a rural development grant of $99,641 to Stewart-Webster Rural Health, Inc. for the purchase of dental equipment for the new Quitman County Learning Center/Dental Clinic, U.S. Representative Sanford Bishop has announced.
Built with the help of a Community Development Block Grant, this will be the first dental clinic established in Quitman County, the Second District Congressman explained. The facility will have three fulltime and two part-time employees during the first year of operation.
While supporting an alternative proposal which he says would better protect health care providers and patients alike, U.S. Representative Sanford Bishop Thursday (3/13) voted against a bill to impose a "restrictive" $250,000 cap on medical malpractice cases because "it supercedes the laws of all 50 states and will not solve the problem of high insurance costs."
The measure, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives 229-196, now goes to the Senate.