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  • Reed Leads House in Recognizing April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month
    Posted in Press Releases on April 7, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Ensuring Access to Health Care

    Tom Reed led a group of his colleagues in recognizing the month of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Reed was joined by a bipartisan group of Members on the House floor that spoke out about the need to stop putting blame on victims, encourage defenders to speak out and stand up to abusers. Since sharing his family’s experience with sexual assault last month, Reed has taken the lead in the House to bring sexual assault awareness to the forefront at the national level. “One of the first ste... Read more

  • Reed Protects, Extends Special Diabetes Program
    Posted in Press Releases on March 28, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Ensuring Access to Health Care

    Tom Reed fought to secure an extension of the Special Diabetes Program included in the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 passed in the House Thursday. Reed, Vice Chair of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus, said the program has a track record of providing significant health benefits and demonstrates a strong return on investment for taxpayers. “Working closely with our diabetes groups, we gained a victory today with a year-long extension of a program that has proven successful in deliveri... Read more

  • Reed Secures Extension of Medicare Dependent and Low Volume Hospital Funding
    Posted in Press Releases on March 28, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Ensuring Access to Health Care

    Tom Reed has secured a year-long, full extension of the Medicare Dependent and Low Volume Hospital programs otherwise set to expire on April 1st, 2014. Reed led the push in the House for an extension of the two rural hospital-focused programs, both included in the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 passed in the House Thursday. “The Medicare Dependent and Low Volume Hospital program extensions protect seniors from seeing changes or interruptions in their care,” Reed said. “The year-long f... Read more

  • TOM REED NAMED “CHAMPION OF HEALTHCARE INNOVATION”
    Posted in Press Releases on March 26, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Ensuring Access to Health Care

    Tom Reed receives the “Champion of Healthcare Innovation” award from Healthcare Leadership Council President Mary Grealy. Tom Reed was presented with the “Champion of Healthcare Innovation” award Wednesday by the Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC) during their 2014 Healthcare Innovations Expo. “Innovation is critical in all sectors but most importantly in the field of health care,” Reed said. “Encouraging innovative thinking and the use of 21st century technology will save lives, with the late... Read more

  • Reed to White House: Back off Additional Cuts to Medicare Advantage
    Posted in Press Releases on March 24, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Ensuring Access to Health Care

    Tom Reed is calling Obamacare’s $300 billion in cuts to Medicare Advantage “unfair” and urged the White House to back off any additional cuts. The latest cut to Medicare Advantage came in another after-hours communication from the White House released February 21st. In the 148-page document, the White House announced Medicare Advantage plans would see an almost six percent cut to their 2015 Medicare Advantage payments. “The White House cuts to Medicare Advantage are unfair and further jeopardize... Read more

  • Reed Brings District Rural Hospital Concerns before Secretary Sebelius
    Posted in Press Releases on March 20, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Ensuring Access to Health Care

    Tom Reed ensured that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius heard the voices of rural hospitals during a recent hearing of the Ways and Means Committee. Reed is hearing from hospitals throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes on the damaging hits they are taking as a result of ongoing cuts from Obamacare and reimbursement rates cuts included in the White House’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal. “The Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rate cuts that the Administration is imp... Read more

  • Reed Announces Passage of House Bill Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Ems Personnel from Obamacare Mandate
    Posted in Press Releases on March 11, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Ensuring Access to Health Care

    Tom Reed announced Tuesday House passage of the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act, a bill that protects volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel from the Obamacare employer mandate. The bill works to correct an error in Obamacare that counted volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel as full-time employees, rather than volunteers, subjecting them to additional Obamacare costs. “We’re proud to stand with volunteer firefighters and EMS to correct this unfair cost of the... Read more

  • Reed Votes to Encourage Small Businesses to Hire More Veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on March 11, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Ensuring Access to Health Care, Veterans

    Tom Reed voted Tuesday in favor of the Hire More Heroes Act, a bill to encourage small businesses to hire more veterans by excluding employees who already receive health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs or under TRICARE from being counted toward the employer mandate threshold under Obamacare. “It’s common sense that veterans who already receive health care and do not need employer-provided insurance should not be counted toward the employer mandate under Obamacare,” Reed said. “A ... Read more

  • REED VOTES IN SUPPORT OF “SIMPLE FAIRNESS ACT”
    Posted in Press Releases on March 5, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Ensuring Access to Health Care

    Tom Reed voted Wednesday to protect individuals and families from the Obamacare mandate penalty if they do not enroll in Obamacare this year. The Simple Fairness Act extends the delay the White House already awarded to big business to families and individuals. The bill passed the House Wednesday with bipartisan support. “We’re simply asking that individuals and families are afforded the same relief from Obamacare that big businesses have now been afforded by the White House not once, but twice,”... Read more

  • Reed Seeks Clarification on Cms Rule for Hospitals, Patients
    Posted in Press Releases on February 28, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Ensuring Access to Health Care

    Rep. Tom Reed says he’s pleased the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will extend review of its two-midnight policy through September 30, 2014, giving CMS and local hospitals time to find a long-term solution to ensure a responsible payment mechanism is in place for shorter inpatient stays in hospitals. “The CMS announcement is welcome news for hospitals looking for clarification and guidance on the two-midnight policy,” Reed said. “The delay will allow CMS to work wi... Read more