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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.

More on Health Care

April 10, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) released the following statement after voting against the FY 2015 Ryan Budget.
April 3, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) applauded the signing into law of the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act.
March 25, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) led a letter with 23 Members of Congress pressing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to extend the enrollment period for individuals and families who made a good-faith effort to buy health insurance...
March 11, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) applauded the decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to withdraw a proposed rule for Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage...
March 4, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's FY 2015 Budget proposal.
March 4, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's FY 2015 Budget proposal.
February 19, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) announced the introduction of a package of bills designed to address many of the issues facing the veteran community in Riverside County and across the country.
January 31, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) sent a letter to Peter V. Lee, the Executive Director of Covered California, urging him to establish a dedicated assistance hotline for certified enrollment counselors (CEC).
January 29, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) sent a letter urging they extend the period for consumers to pay their healthcare premium in a one time, first payment, 30 day grace period.
January 15, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) released the following statement on the House vote for passage of the bipartisan appropriations agreement that funds the government for FY 2014.

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