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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July 16, 2020 In The News

Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D., CA-36, who has consistently fought for legislation on behalf of servicemembers exposed to burn pits. this week introduced five new pieces of legislation to address the military’s use of toxic burn pits.

July 15, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) advocated for his bill that would improve seniors’ access to Medicare coverage by expanding beneficiary outreach and education to help clarify when and how to sign up for Medicare Part B and reducing gaps in coverage. Speaking during a full Energy and Commerce Committee Markup Wednesday, Dr.

July 15, 2020 In The News

A House committee unanimously approved legislation Wednesday that would make changes for the first time in 50 years to the complex rules for enrolling in Medicare's Part B, which covers doctor visits and other outpatient care.

Currently, seniors who don't get Part B when they first become eligible for Medicare pay permanent, recurring late enrollment penalties and can only sign up during the first 3 months of the year for coverage that begins July 1, unless they qualify for an exception. To make matters worse, they cannot buy other health insurance during their months-long wait.

July 10, 2020 Press Release

Palm Desert, CA – Representatives Ruiz (CA-36), Barragán (CA-44), Correa (CA-46), Lieu (CA-33), and Porter (CA-45) held a call with regional reporters today calling on the Senate to take up the Heroes Act, which the House passed in May. The Heroes Act would protect the paychecks of frontline workers, provide direct payments of up to $6,000 for families who are struggling, extend expanded unemployment benefits that will expire at the end of the month if the Senate fails to act, support small businesses, and invest in the testing needed to reopen our economy safely.

July 9, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. questioned former Indian Health Service (IHS) Director Dr. Charles Grim D.D.S., M.H.S.A., of the Chickasaw Nation about how to address the severe shortage of health care providers at IHS facilities across the nation. The exchange came during an Energy and Commerce Committee hearing this week titled, “Addressing the Urgent Needs of Our Tribal Communities.”

July 7, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressmen Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) and Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) introduced legislation to help disabled veterans access the needed benefits they deserve. H.R. 5995, the Major Richard Star Act, would allow veterans to receive their full disability pay and full retirement compensation that they have rightfully earned regardless of how long they served.

July 2, 2020 In The News

Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., has one message for President Donald Trump — wear a mask.

Ruiz, who is a physician, told Trump to “man up” and put on a mask during a Thursday appearance on CNN’s “New Day.”

“Man up, Mr. President. Wear your mask,” Ruiz said. “That’s the best thing you can do. You can save millions and millions of lives if you simply wear a mask.”

Ruiz was reacting to comments the president made during a Wednesday interview with Fox Business.

June 29, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) took bold action to build on the Affordable Care Act to lower health costs and prescription drug prices by voting to pass H.R. 1425, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act. His vote comes days after the Trump Administration filed a brief asking the Supreme Court to strike down the entirety of the ACA.

June 29, 2020 In The News

Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz joined us from Washington D.C. tonight to discuss a variety of topics related to the coronavirus pandemic, including a recent rise in cases and hospitalizations in Riverside County.

As of this weekend, 99% of ICU beds in Riverside County are being used. Only 40% of ventilators are being used, however.

On Monday, Riverside County issued an order once again closing bars without a food license. Congressman Ruiz told News Channel 3's Karen Devine that this could be a precursor of things to come if things remain the way they are heading.

June 22, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC  Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) is calling on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provide updates on the status of Economic Impact Payments (EIP) and urging the IRS to take immediate action to speed up the delivery of the remaining payments. In a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles P. Rettig sent Monday, Dr.