Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Health Care Reform

Under Obamacare, premiums and deductibles are skyrocketing, insurers are fleeing the health care exchanges and people are left with a health care system that doesn’t work for them and their families. Obamacare is failing, and that’s why the House acted to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA). This legislation repeals Obamacare, restores competition and choice to the health care marketplace and lowers insurance premiums. The AHCA ensures that no one can be denied coverage, including people with pre-existing conditions. In addition, no-one, regardless of health status, will be charged higher premiums if they maintain their coverage. Finally, this bill prohibits insurers from rescinding coverage based on a pre-existing condition. The AHCA must now be considered by the Senate. To read more about the AHCA, click here.

In 2017, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and I introduced H.R. 2307, the Protecting Access to Lifesaving Screenings Act (PALS Act). The PALS Act would postpone recent United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations that could severely limit women’s access to mammograms, especially for women younger than 49 years old. Recently drafted recommendations from the USPSTF gave annual mammograms for women ages 40-49 a “C” rating, meaning that there is at least a moderate certainty that the net benefit of the procedure is small and that the screenings should be performed only selectively. The proposed recommendations also state that women 50-74 need mammograms only every other year. The USPSTF’s drafted recommendations could limit critical access to lifesaving breast exams for millions of women because insurance companies would no longer be required to fully cover mammograms for women younger than 49 years old. The PALS Act would postpone the USPSTF recommendations for two years and allow Congress to review concerns about the USPSTF and the impact these recommendations would have on women being screened for cancer.

In addition to making common sense health care reforms to lower healthcare costs, increase accessibility and improve the quality of care, we must also ensure that we continue to drive innovation and research into the next generation of treatments and cures. We made progress with the 21st Century Cures Act, which was signed into law in 2016. It is an innovation game-changer that accelerates the discovery, development, and delivery of safe cures and treatments for families across the country, and keeps the United States on the cutting edge of medical innovation.

As part of 21st Century Cures, H.R. 3299, the Strengthening Public Health Emergency Response Act, was signed into law. I introduced this legislation with Rep. Anna Eschoo (D-CA) to improve U.S. biodefense efforts and incentivize the development of vaccines for dangerous and deadly pathogens as identified by the Department of Homeland Security. Read more about my efforts to strengthen U.S. biodefense here

At the same time, $1 billion was included in 21st Century Cures to address the heroin and opioid abuse crisis and support programs and grants signed into law as part of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). To read more about CARA and efforts to address substance abuse click here

In addition, 21st Century Cures made great strides to reform our mental healthcare system to improve care for those with mental illness, strengthen our nation’s mental health workforce, and ensure communication between providers, families and patients. To read more about efforts to improve mental health care and end the stigma associated with mental illness, click here. 

To read an op-ed I co-authored with six other members of the Indiana Congressional Delegation about healthcare reform, click here.

To read an op-ed I wrote about how 21st Century Cures will help people get the treatment and care they need, click here.

To watch my floor statement about potential for 21st Century Cures to save lives, like my dear friend Judy Warren who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2015, click here. For more information on the 21st Century Cures act, click here

More on Health Care Reform

May 23, 2018 In The News

WASHINGTON, DC - This week, the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) was awarded $33 million in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) is an avid supporter of funding for NIH research programs and advocated for this funding in a letter sent to CTSI exactly one year ago today.

May 22, 2018 News Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed “Right to Try” legislation. The Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2017 is partially named after a nine-year-old boy from Indianapolis, Jordan McLinn, who is battling Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

May 22, 2018 News Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed S. 292, the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act, which is the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever taken up by Congress. Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) is a co-sponsor of the Childhood Cancer STAR Act and recently met with Hoosier advocates in support of the bill in her Washington, D.C. office.

May 22, 2018 In The News

CARMEL, Ind. – An Indiana family is celebrating a win with Congress. The U.S. House just passed the “STAR Act.”

The Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act focuses on expanding opportunities for childhood cancer research, improving efforts to identify and track childhood cancer incidences, and enhancing the quality of life for childhood cancer survivors.

May 22, 2018 In The News

CARMEL, Ind. – An Indiana family is celebrating a win with Congress. The U.S. House just passed the “STAR Act.”

The Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act focuses on expanding opportunities for childhood cancer research, improving efforts to identify and track childhood cancer incidences, and enhancing the quality of life for childhood cancer survivors.

May 5, 2018 In The News

Last month Indiana was awarded a second round of funding for combating the opioid crisis. The $10.9 million provided to the state through the Department of Health and Human Services matches another grant of the same value allocated last year through the 21st Century Cures Act. Signed in December 2016, the legislation has awarded nearly $1 billion to states in their efforts to mitigate an ongoing epidemic of opioid abuse.

May 4, 2018 In The News

Congresswoman Susan Brooks – speaks on the opiod epidemic

We are joined by Congresswoman Susan Brooks on Community Connection!

She is speaking us today on the opiod epidemic.

Learn more about Congresswoman Susan Brooks with the link below:

Apr 25, 2018 In The News

Medical practitioners prescribing controlled substances like opioid drugs would have to meet continuing medical education (CME) requirements and states could set even more training obligations under bipartisan legislation U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) introduced on April 23.

“Opioids are powerful drugs and have the potential to become incredibly addictive,” Rep. Brooks said. “It is imperative for all of our nation’s prescribers to receive adequate training before sending a patient home with a bottle full of pills that could be abused.”

Apr 22, 2018 In The News

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal agency has awarded Indiana nearly $11 million for the second straight year to fight the state's opioid abuse crisis.

The Health and Human Services funding is among $485 million recently awarded nationwide to combat heroin and opioid abuse.

Dec 14, 2017 In The News

Health IT Now — a coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers and payers — presented select members of Congress Tuesday with Health IT Pioneer awards, the organization's highest honor.

The Health IT Pioneer awards recognize legislators who push for technology-focused solutions in healthcare. 

Here are 14 lawmakers who received the award.