Health Care

As an Emergency Room doctor, I know how important it is for people in the 36th district to have access to quality, affordable health care. Some improvements have been made to our healthcare system, such as allowing parents to insure their children until the age of 26, making prescription drugs more affordable for seniors, and ensuring that people with preexisting conditions cannot be denied insurance coverage. However, our system remains imperfect and expensive, wasting billions every year and we must continue working to improve it.

We must address the waste, fraud and abuse in our health care system. In my position on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, I have focused on improving the health care system for our nation’s veterans and developing bipartisan solutions to end the Veterans Affairs backlog of disability claims. There are real opportunities to save the American public billions of dollars, like using electronic medical records to coordinate care and make our healthcare system more efficient. Also, allowing Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices on behalf of beneficiaries would save over a billion dollars and make prescriptions more affordable for our seniors.

I am first and foremost a physician, and the health of our community is my chief concern. I will continue to fight to protect the Medicare and Social Security benefits that seniors have worked hard to earn and find bipartisan solutions that will improve our nation’s healthcare system. Good ideas don’t belong to a single party, and I will continue to reach across the aisle to improve healthcare for the residents of California’s 36th Congressional district.

More on Health Care

July 10, 2021 In The News

U.S. Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Tina Smith (D-MN) introduced the Native Behavioral Health Access Improvement Act, a bipartisan, bicameral bill to help Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities, tribal health programs, and urban Indian health organizations address mental and behavioral health needs in their communities.

July 9, 2021 In The News

A new health clinic opening in Thermal will help expand access to affordable healthcare for local Tribal communities.

Congressman Raul Ruiz M.D., joined joined Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians Vice Chairperson Joseph Mirelez, Riverside-San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc. Board President Sherri Salgado, RSBCIHI CEO Bill Thomsen, RSBCIHI representatives, and members of the Torres Martinez Tribe to celebrate the opening of the new Torres-Martinez Indian Health Clinic.

July 8, 2021 In The News

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has acknowledged that the owners of the long-troubled Oasis Mobile Home Park on tribal land in Thermal never submitted a proposed business lease to the agency for approval — as is normally required.

But the agency contends that it has not been able to resolve persistent problems at the park because it only has jurisdiction over part of it and that removing people from the park would create a "humanitarian crisis."

July 7, 2021 In The News

For over a decade people living in the Oasis Mobile Home Park in Thermal have been living in conditions that are unsafe, drinking water so contaminated with arsenic the Environmental Protection Agency issued two emergency orders for the owners to comply with federal drinking water standards.

“The responsible agency to ensure that there are no unlawful businesses is the Bureau of Indian Affairs,” says Congressman Raul Ruiz, (D) who represents California’s 36th District.

July 7, 2021 In The News

Congressman Raul Ruiz and former Senator Barbara Boxer toured the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center in Rancho Mirage to raise awareness about child abuse.

“This is therapy to the highest degree and transformational for individuals," said Ruiz. "There's hope, and that there's an ability to change and that's the message- that there's a resource here of people who love you, who you can trust."

July 7, 2021 In The News

Congressman Raul Ruiz and former Senator Barbara Boxer toured the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center in Rancho Mirage to raise awareness about child abuse.

“This is therapy to the highest degree and transformational for individuals," said Ruiz. "There's hope, and that there's an ability to change and that's the message- that there's a resource here of people who love you, who you can trust."

July 1, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) introduced two bills to address health disparities in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Taken together, the Native Behavioral Health Access Improvement Act and the Native Health and Wellness Act would address the gap in access to health care resources and achieve better health outcomes for Tribal communities.  

June 17, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) joined members of the Congressional Tri-Caucus – composed of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) – to lead a letter with over 60 Members of Congress in a letter to Congressional leadership and President Biden to close the Medicaid “coverage gap” in the forthcoming American Families Plan.

June 17, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA), Rep. Larry Buschon, M.D. (R-IN), Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL), and Rep. Brad Wenstrup, D.P.M. (R-OH) introduced legislation to grow the physician workforce in underserved and rural areas of the country. The Physician Shortage GME Cap Flex Act of 2021, would address the national physician workforce shortage by empowering new teaching hospitals in underserved areas to increase the number of Medicare-funded residency training slots in their programs.

June 3, 2021 In The News

President Joe Biden has declared June as National Month of Action in a final push to reach the administration’s goal of getting at least 70% of American adults inoculated with at least one COVID-19 shot by July 4. 

The president is challenging colleges and mayors across the country to increase vaccination rates amid a downturn.  

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