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

February 12, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. -- Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) has received the prestigious Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service from the American Medical Association (AMA). Citing a demonstration for outstanding leadership and high personal integrity, the AMA bestows this prestigious award to “public servants in national, state, and local government who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to improving public health.” Only one member of the U.S.

February 5, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Raul Ruiz (CA-36) attended a briefing for members of Congress on the Coronavirus and updates surrounding the United States’ response to the disease. At the briefing, Dr. Ruiz questioned panelists about the role of March Air Reserve Base in the United States’ response to the Coronavirus and the reimbursement process for costs to Riverside County associated with the quarantine. 

December 14, 2019 E-Newsletter

I am excited to report that I enthusiastically voted for H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, which passed the House today. This historic legislation would lower the cost of your prescription drugs and strengthen and protect Medicare!

October 16, 2019 Press Release

Thermal, Ca. – Today, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. announced the pending closure of Sun Valley Recycling Center, the facility at the center of recurring mulch fires that are posing a public health hazard to nearby schools and the surrounding community. The Bureau of Indian Affairs issued a Cease and Desist order to the facility Wednesday morning stating that if the dumping operations are not immediately halted, the owner will face an injunction and be held liable for damages and all costs associated with enforcement action.

September 26, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) and Representative Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) introduced two bills to address health disparities in Native American communities. Far too many tribal members still do not have access to the health care they need to stay healthy, and far too many tribal communities don’t have the resources required to support a robust and comprehensive public health infrastructure. These bills work to address that gap and achieve healthier outcomes for native communities.

June 22, 2018 E-Newsletter
Exciting news! We are continuing to make progress at the Salton Sea, working to keep our air clean and valley healthy.
April 24, 2018 Press Release

PALM DESERT, CA — Today, Representative Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) introduced the Advancing High Quality Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders in Medicare Act, a bill that will increase access for seniors on Medicare to comprehensive addiction treatment services such as care management, treatment planning, and support services. The bill would also reward and support treatment programs with the best outcomes, fostering innovations in care to successfully help patients.

November 2, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today Representative Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA), a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, hailed the House passage of H.R.849, the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2017. This bill was introduced by Dr. Ruiz and Representative Dr. Phil Roe (R-TN). It passed the House by a vote of 307 to 111.

October 13, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today Representative Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36), a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following statement regarding the administration’s announcement that they will stop funding critical Cost Sharing Reduction subsidies.

September 26, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36), an emergency medicine physician and member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, released the statement below following the news that the Senate will not vote on the most recent version of Trumpcare, the Graham-Cassidy bill.