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Our health care system is broken – but more Washington overreach and red tape is not the answer. Obamacare has failed our providers, families and the health care industry itself since 2013, and we need to work toward a health care system that gives patients and families more choices with lower costs. It’s time to get the government out of health care.

Rural hospitals and Rural Health Care Clinics (RHC’s) provide lifesaving and essential care – they serve a crucial function in the wellbeing of our TX-25 communities. For far too long, many have operated on limited financial resources and slim margins to keep their doors open. I will always fight to ensure these vital health care providers have the resources needed to continue serving Texans. Some of my efforts include:

  • Cosponsored the Personalized Care Act of 2020 (H.R. 5596) which expands health savings accounts to make Americans’ health care more personal and more accessible.

  • Cosponsored the Patient Access to Higher Quality Health Care Act of 2019 (H.R.3062) which repeals limitations to allow Medicare participation for newly constructed or expanded physician-owned hospitals.

  • Cosponsored the Rural Health Care Access Act of 2019 (H.R.2990) which removes burdensome federal regulations that prevent rural hospitals from receiving some of the benefits that urban hospitals are privileged.

  • Cosponsored the Protecting People from Surprise Medical Bills Act (H.R. 3502) which will protect patients from unfair and expensive medical bills.

  • Urged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to allocated relief funding towards rural health care facilities which led to a $634 million CARES Act grant awarded to Texas facilities.

  • Voted for the American Health Care Act of 2017 (H.R. 1628) which would have replaced Obamacare.

  • Supported the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (H.R.6074) which allows for physicians and other health care professionals to bill patients for telehealth services during the coronavirus pandemic.

More on Health Care

Jan 25, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) reintroduced the Ensuring Telehealth Expansion Act (H.R. 341) to permanently extend telehealth provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Securities (CARES) Act. The legislation would also eliminate site restrictions for telehealth so that patients can receive care in their homes, and providers will be reimbursed at payment rates the same as face-to-face visits.

Dec 9, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) today applauded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) distribution of the second round of performance payments to nursing homes. Since the first round of funding was allocated to Texas, nursing homes have successfully reduced COVID-19 infections and deaths between September-October. 684 facilities in Texas will receive a total of $29,986,791 in this second round.

Sep 18, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) and Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30) today sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar requesting the agency distribute an additional allocation from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (PHSSEF) to high impact areas that experienced a surge of COVID-19 cases after June 10th.

Sep 16, 2020 Newsletter

It is crucial we ensure our rural health care systems have the freedom they need to provide the highest quality of care possible for their patients, now more than ever.

Sep 16, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) on Monday applauded the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw the Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Rule (MFAR) after taking into consideration the impact implementation would have on rural health providers. Williams’ bill, the MFAR Transparency Act, was introduced in July to delay the rule.

Sep 14, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) today applauded the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for withdrawing the Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Rule (MFAR) from the regulatory agenda. Williams’ bill, the MFAR Transparency Act, was introduced in July to delay rule.

Sep 8, 2020 Column

Copperas Cove Leader Press
By Congressman Roger Williams
Expanding Access to Telehealth Services

Telehealth access is critical now more than ever as medical professionals have largely adapted to screening and appointments via technology so they can continue caring for patients when face to face visits pose too high a health risk. In our rural areas, this is even more significant as remote visits can mean the difference between life and death when there isn’t enough time to drive to a clinic or hospital.

Sep 1, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) today introduced the Ensuring Telehealth Expansion Act to extend telehealth provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Securities (CARES) Act through December 31, 2025. Currently, telehealth waivers and flexibilities are extended through December 31, 2021 under the CARES Act.

Jul 21, 2020 Column

The Washington Examiner
Congressman Roger Williams
Opinion: Rural health providers need relief

Rural hospitals are a crucial component in the U.S. healthcare system. They play a vital role all across the nation in regions that are underserved by larger hospitals. In Texas, they are often the only option for those who live miles away from the nearest healthcare facility, a distance that can mean the difference between life and death.

Jul 17, 2020 Press Release

AUSTIN, TX Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) today announced a $7.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas at Austin.