Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Representing the 2nd District of Indiana
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Health Issues

I know how important healthcare is to you and your families. We are fortunate to live in a country that is home to the most advanced medicines and technologies. 

I spent four years in Romania with my husband where we started a foundation to provide medical supplies to impoverished children. Those years gave me a greater appreciation for the advancements our country has made in healthcare; however, I know our overall healthcare system is not perfect and I’ve heard your concerns.

The President spent his first term in office pushing through an overly burdensome and job-killing health law. I was not a member of Congress when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) passed, but, now, as your elected official, I will actively fight to repeal this government takeover of our health system because I believe government has no business interfering with our private healthcare decisions.

Not only will this law kill jobs and get in between patients and their doctors, PPACA will stifle medical innovation and places addition taxes on American families.  As Hoosiers, we are proud to be a leader in the medical device industry, with over 300 medical device manufacturers calling our state home. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act includes a provision that imposes a new 2.3% sales tax on medical devices. This debilitating tax will make it harder to companies to hire people in our community and potentially make it harder for our seniors and veterans to access to life-saving medical devices. This is why I have supported the Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2013 (H.R. 523) to repeal this excise tax.

For everyone in my district, and in the great state of Indiana, I want you know I will be working tirelessly to create and implement healthcare reforms that will improve access to quality healthcare, reduce costs, and remove burdensome government regulations. This is why I need your help in addressing our country’s healthcare issues. Please contact me so we can work together to bring forth real solutions.

More on Health Issues

May 18, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today voted for H.R. 5243, the Zika Response Appropriations Act, which provides $622.1 million in fully-offset funding for domestic and international efforts to combat the global Zika virus outbreak. The bill passed the House by a vote of 241 to 184.

May 17, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, three members of Indiana’s Congressional delegation were appointed to a special conference committee comprised of members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate that will negotiate the final details of comprehensive legislation to curb opioid and heroin abuse.

May 13, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today voted for comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to combat the nation’s prescription drug and heroin abuse epidemic. An amended version of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, S. 524, which takes steps to address the growing problem of addiction and overdose, passed the House by a vote of 400 to 5.

May 10, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today applauded passage of legislation to prevent the overprescription of opioids to veterans that often leads to prescription drug abuse. Congresswoman Walorski’s provision, which would require all Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities to participate in their respective state’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP), was included in H.R. 4063, the Jason Simcakoski Promoting Responsible Opioid Management and Incorporating Scientific Expertise (PROMISE) Act, which passed the House unanimously.

Feb 16, 2016 In The News

Vernita Todd will be trading cold, snowy Indiana for sunny, warm California after resigning as CEO of Heart City Health Center.

Todd closed her more than 10-year career on Friday. She started as the chief executive officer in 2005, but had been a consultant for the center as vice president of United Way of Elkhart County.

Jan 12, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) issued the following statement after supporting H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015:

Jan 12, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – In an effort to combat the nationwide public health crisis surrounding heroin addiction which has grown dramatically in scope over the last decade, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, met with fellow task force members today to hear from experts to continue to discuss drug treatment programs that can produce the most successful recovery rates among heroin users. The task force aims to develop best practices and foster interagency collaboration to address this growing heroin epidemic.

Dec 2, 2015 In The News

MARION, Ind. (Dec. 1, 2015)- For the second consecutive day, federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents were on site at the VA hospital in Marion. The inspection is looking into the high number of powerful narcotics and opiates purchased by the hospital in recent years.

The Marion VA is the largest purchaser of highly addictive pain medications for any facility in the northern district of Indiana, according to court documents.

Oct 5, 2015 In The News

MISHAWAKA -- Within a couple of weeks, contractors could begin the city's roughly $1 million job of making room for the new Department of Veterans Affairs clinic that will rise here on Trinity Place, Mayor Dave Wood said.

Oct 5, 2015 In The News

MISHAWAKA It will soon be easier for local veterans to get access to better health care. Officials broke ground Friday afternoon on a new VA clinic in Mishawaka.

The new VA clinic in Mishawaka won't see its first patient for nearly three years, but just the fact that ground was broken on the facility today was a huge achievement for lawmakers and veterans.