Jul 27 2018
I have an important event coming up that I think will be quite beneficial in fighting the opioid epidemic in our district. On Monday, August 6th at 4:00 P.M, I will moderate my inaugural Renacci Opioid Action Panel at my Parma district office, 7335 Ridge Road, Parma, Ohio 44129. For the past year, I have relied on an opioid working group to bounce ideas from Washington off on those actually experiencing the devastation. The group consists of former addicts, parents who have lost a partner or child through opioids, and recovery advocates. My hope is that this panel will showcase our thoughtful discussions over the past year. I hope to see you there. Click here to register.
On Monday, I joined Dana Perino on set to talk trade and tariffs. Ohio has an agriculture, steel, and manufacturing industry that will all be impacted, which is why it is important to get this right. What China is doing to our market is wrong and we must allow our President to negotiate the best and strongest deal for the American worker and the American business. What my full segment here.
When I'm back in Ohio, I hear success stories throughout my district regarding the positive effects the tax reform legislation has had on their families and businesses. Now, it is time to make these tax cuts permanent. Watch me discuss this on Fox Business here.
Washington Wrap Up
This week, I supported important pieces of legislation that expands your access to HSAs. One of these bills is H.R. 184, The Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2017, a bipartisan bill that repeals the medical device tax. This tax is something I have fought for since I have been a member because Congressional Research Service analysis found most of the costs would be passed on to consumers.
Another is the Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts of 2018, H.R. 6199. This bill would expand the list of over-the-counter medical products an HSA can be used to purchase to include menstrual care products. It also allows individuals to make contributions to an HSA if their spouse has a Flexible Spending Account (FSA).
Finally, I supported H.R. 6311, The Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts of 2018. Remember: More than twice the number of people in this country use health savings accounts than enroll in Obamacare. And by the way, health savings accounts are optional. There was a mandate on Obamacare. And even with that mandate, more than twice as many Americans participate in health savings accounts than sign up for Obamacare. We're going to continue to make health savings accounts work even better for families across this country.
My district staff met with the InterReligious Task Force on Central America (IRTF) of Cleveland, OH this week. It was a pleasure to have a constructive discussion on issues involving immigration and violence in Central American countries with IRTF’s staff and interns. Thank you for your informative presentation.
Also, my staff made a visit to the DaVita Kidney Care Center this week in Middleburg Heights. DaVita is a leading provider of kidney care in the United States and has ten facilities in our 16 th district that care for an average of 600 dialysis patients.
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As always, thanks for allowing me to represent the 16th district in our nation’s capital.