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Congressman Raul Ruiz

Representing the 36th District of California

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 23, 2015 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) wrote Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel asking that the Department of the Interior (DOI) move forward with the federal portion of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) and ensure that lands at and underneath the Salton Sea are designated as a renewable energy Development Focus Area.
April 16, 2015 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) led 35 Members of Congress in a letter to Governors of 11 states considering legislation similar to the discriminatory law passed in Indiana that would allow businesses to openly discriminate against LGBT Americans.
February 19, 2015 Press Release
PALM DESERT, CA – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) announced the introduction of his legislative package designed to help small businesses create jobs in the Coachella Valley and across the country.
January 21, 2015 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) released the following statement on President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address.
December 12, 2014 Press Release
Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) released the following statement after voting to pass the Senate amendment to H.R. 83, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015.
November 11, 2014 Press Release
Palm Springs, CA – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) led a bipartisan letter to Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy, the Interim Under Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on the Ebola preparedness of VA medical facilities across the country.
October 16, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) and Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) led 24 members of the California Delegation in a letter to help ensure that hospitals across California are taking all appropriate measures to train and prepare their staff to screen, diagnose, and treat potential Ebola patients.
September 16, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) introduced H.R. 5458, the Building a Health Care Workforce for the Future Act, a bill to address the growing need for primary and specialty care providers...
July 30, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC -- Today Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) voted to pass the bipartisan Conference Report on H.R. 3230, the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014.
July 10, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) introduced an amendment to direct $1 million for Bureau of Reclamation public health projects like the Red Hill Bay project for the Salton Sea.