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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April 7, 2021 In The News

When Congress is out, the doctor is in.

California Congressman Raul Ruiz is an emergency room physician who trades in a suit coat for a lab coat to vaccinate his own constituents.

March 26, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA) announced the introduction of H.R. 2163, the Safe Step Act – a bipartisan bill to improve step therapy protocols and ensure patients are able to safely and efficiently access the best treatment for them. Step therapy protocols can cause unnecessary delays in care, or worse, require patients to try ineffective or potentially dangerous medications before finding the treatment most suited to their needs.

March 25, 2021 In The News

As President Joe Biden, the first lady, Vice President Kamala Harris, and second gentleman, continue their “Help is Here” tour this week to inform people about the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, one congressman in Southern California is doing his part to fight the pandemic as well.

March 17, 2021 Press Release

Palm Desert, CA – Today, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) announced that Inland Behavioral Health Services and Borrego Community Health Foundation have been included in the Federal Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program.

March 11, 2021 In The News

A mobile vaccine clinic was held Thursday at Coachella Valley High School in Thermal as part of continued efforts increase commitment to provide COVID vaccine to the valley's low-income communities.

"We want to deliver vaccines to the most vulnerable, most valued communities that most need this," said said Dr. Conrado Barzaga, CEO of the Desert Healthcare District.

March 11, 2021 In The News

Hundreds of people received COVID19 vaccinations Thursday in Thermal at a mobile clinic.

Congressman Raul Ruiz M.D., D-Coachella, teamed up with retail pharmacy Rite Aid and Desert Health Care District to distribute the vaccines.

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.