Healthcare Provisions Supported by Rep. Costello Included in Government Funding Bill
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Ryan Costello (PA-06), a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, today voted in support of H.R. 1892, the Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, a Continuing Resolution (CR) that provides funding for the government through March 23, 2018. Rep. Costello applauded several healthcare provisions that were included in the CR that he has been advocating for in Congress.
“Quality, affordable healthcare remains one of my priorities, and I have been working to pass measures that positively impact my constituents. It is essential we fund community health centers, programs that support research and development, and technology that makes it easier for stroke patients to speak with medical officials. I was pleased to see the provisions included in the government funding bill and will continue to support these efforts in Congress,” said Rep. Costello.
Rep. Costello’s work on specific provisions:
- On the two-year extension of Federally Qualified Health Centers, also known as community health centers: Rep. Costello voted for the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act, which passed the House last November and included a two-year extension of community health center funding.
- On funding for the Special Diabetes Program: Rep. Costello, a member of the Diabetes Caucus, called for a full, two-year reauthorization of the Special Diabetes Program, a program that has historically received bipartisan support and led to significant scientific breakthroughs. By renewing it, researchers can build on past successes and continue to work on trials that can lead to better treatments and prevention. In Pennsylvania, over one million people have diabetes.
- On H.R. 1148, Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine Act: Rep. Costello is a cosponsor of the legislation and has supported additional uses for telemedicine services, such as monitoring chronic health conditions with real-time data and allowing quicker treatment in emergency situations when time is important.