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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March 5, 2021 Press Release

Palm Desert, CA – Today, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) called on the State of California and Blue Shield of California to bring more vaccines to Eastern Riverside County. In a letter to Government Operations Agency Secretary Yolanda Richardson and California Blue Shield CEO Paul Markovich, Dr. Ruiz pushed for more vaccines to be made available to his constituents in California’s 36th Congressional District, which includes 12 Medically Underserved Areas that have been hit hard by the pandemic.

March 2, 2021 In The News

A Coachella Valley congressional member is calling on Walmart, Rite Aid and Walgreens to bring more life-saving COVIC19 vaccines to Riverside County.

March 1, 2021 In The News

The sun-baked desert valley tucked behind the San Jacinto Mountains is best known for an annual music festival that draws 100,000 fans a day and a series of lush, oasis resort towns where well-heeled snowbirds go to golf, sunbathe and party. But just beyond the turquoise swimming pools of Palm Springs, more than 10,000 farmworkers harvest some of the country’s largest crops of date palms, vegetables and fruits.

February 24, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) continued his advocacy to bring more vaccines to residents in California’s 36th District. In a letter to the CEOs of Walgreens and Rite Aid, Ruiz called on the retail pharmacies to prioritize hard-hit, medically underserved communities like those in California’s 36th district as they expand the number of locations offering vaccinations in the coming months.

February 23, 2021 In The News

Congressman Raul Ruiz is a physician and public health expert, representing one of California’s rural districts. He tells Lawrence O’Donnell that systemic inequalities and access to resources are the biggest challenge to getting vaccines to underserved communities. “They don’t have internet to make online appointments at vaccination centers, they have to work at high risk essential jobs and don’t have hours to spend on the phone, and they’re very concerned if they test positive that they won’t be able to go to work.”

February 22, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – The Biden Administration has announced more vaccines are coming to Riverside County Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Last week, Dr.

February 10, 2021 In The News

The United Farm Workers Foundation is working to get vaccines distributed to farmworkers in the Coachella Valley. 

The organization held a clinic for east valley workers Wednesday but some are saying more work needs to be done to protect our essential workers. 

February 9, 2021 In The News

The U.S. is currently administering about 1.4 million vaccination shots a day. About 9.5% of people in the U.S. have already gotten one dose.

But demand still outstrips supply in cities across the country, while anecdotes abound about difficulties of trying to get appointments.

Scientists say vaccinations need to be as fast as possible to prevent more contagious coronavirus variants from taking over.

February 5, 2021 In The News

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is calling on governors to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prioritize food and agriculture workers in the vaccine rollout.

In a letter sent to the National Governor's Association on Wednesday, the caucus made an urgent case: Latinos make up more than a third of the workforce in those industries, yet they account for nearly three-fourths of confirmed coronavirus cases in the same sectors.

February 5, 2021 In The News

Andrea Garcia and her family contracted the coronavirus this fall, and her grandmother died from it. Now, as the oldest of four children and the first in her family to go to college, Garcia said she feels a responsibility to inform her Spanish-speaking parents about COVID-19 and the vaccine.