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.

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October 7, 2021 In The News

Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.) at an Axios event on Thursday sounded the alarm over the burnout in the medical workforce.

Driving the news: Ruiz, a physician, said the pandemic underscored the need to bolster health care staff nationwide "so that we're not so vulnerable for another major disaster or a public health crisis, and we can really hold the line."

September 15, 2021 In The News

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday issued a new emergency drinking water order to the Oasis Mobile Home Park, requiring management to provide alternative drinking water to residents, reduce the levels of arsenic in the Oasis drinking water distribution system and monitor the water for contamination.

This is the third order the EPA has issued to Oasis since August 2019.

September 9, 2021 In The News

Local  schools in the 36th District of California received nearly $250 million under the American Rescue Plan’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) announced.

As students and educators begin their school year amid rising COVID-19 case levels, this funding is critical in helping school districts in California to stay open safely, make up for lost time in the classroom, and ensure students receive the supportive services they need to succeed.

September 8, 2021 In The News

“Are you Joe Biden?” a bewildered Jackson Elementary student asked, eyes wide, as a politician in an American flag mask, black tie and perfectly polished black shoes toured her school Wednesday, a posse of staffers, school employees and camera crews behind him.

"No, I'm not," said U.S. Rep. Raul Ruiz, chuckling.  

Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, was visiting the school in Indio to check up on howfunds from the $1.9 billion American Rescue Plan, one of President Biden’s early pieces of legislation that Ruiz supported, are being spent in his district.

September 8, 2021 In The News

Millions of dollars in pandemic relief funds are on full display at schools across the valley. One of the lawmakers behind the help, Congressman Raul Ruiz, visited Andrew Jackson Elementary in Indio on Wednesday to see firsthand how students and teachers have been able to safely start the school year.

“It’s good that our children learn public health hygiene, especially washing their hands and how to wash their hands, for how long to wash their hands because that’s really going to help cut down a lot of transmissible illnesses,” Ruiz said.

August 24, 2021 In The News

The first time ProPublica traveled to Thermal, California, in June 2020, the temperature happened to be 114 degrees, and we felt stupefied, literally unable to think. Everyplace, here in the eastern Coachella Valley, looked gorgeous … for 20 minutes at dusk. Nothing was beautiful at midday. The difference between the watered and unwatered fields was disorienting. Standing in the sun among green growing things and standing alone on the gray parched earth felt like the difference between hope and despondence, even terror; between vibrancy and doom.

August 24, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressmen Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA) and Larry Bucshon (R-IN) announced the introduction of bipartisan, bicameral legislation to improve access to and diversity in clinical drug and treatment trials. The Diversifying Investigations Via Equitable Research Studies for Everyone (DIVERSE) Act would allow the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to issue grants or enter into contractual arrangements to support education, outreach, and recruitment for clinical trials for diseases with a disproportionate impact on underrepresented populations. U.S.

August 5, 2021 In The News

July wrapped a busy month of wins for the Blythe constituency, with California 36th District Congress Rep. Dr. Raul Ruiz further securing $1.85 million in Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriation bills toward area projects. 

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."