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

Oct 5, 2015 In The News

MISHAWAKA — Veteran care facilities serving Elkhart and St. Joseph County veterans — like those around the country — have been criticized for being too slow or not having enough services. But state and local officials hope a new and improved Veterans Affairs clinic being built in Mishawaka will vastly improve care for local veterans.

Oct 5, 2015 In The News

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new St. Joseph County Health took place on Friday.

Officials from the Veterans Association Northern Indiana Care System joined elected officials to celebrate the beginning of a new health care facility that will serve veterans in the northwest Indiana counties of St. Joseph, Elkhart, Lake, Porter and La Porte.

Veterans who would have to travel two hours to receive care in Fort Wayne will soon have a facility closer to home.

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.

Aug 27, 2015 In The News

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski made her rounds at her district’s health care facilities Wednesday morning. She saw many parts of the health care industry, from hospice care to cancer research centers.

She spent the afternoon at the Harper Cancer Research Institute on Notre Dame’s campus. Walorski credits the working partnership between Notre Dame and Indiana University, private and public schools for making such advancements in breast cancer and colon cancer research.

Aug 27, 2015 In The News

ELKHART - High out-of-pocket costs mean many Americans walk a thin line between getting the health care they need and being able to make ends meet.

That's why Representative Walorski is excited to learn about CarePayment--an interest-free financing option for patients at Elkhart General Hospital.

"They've been very eager and they've been certainly serving our community in ways to put the patient first in a system that's often left the patient out." Rep. Jackie Walorski said.

Aug 25, 2015 In The News

INDIANA - How are federal healthcare regulations impacting local hospitals and clinics?
Congresswoman Jackie Walorski says she plans on touring the district, and will talk to healthcare officials to get answers.    
Wednesday, August 26 Walorski will stop at the following places:
8:15 a.m:  Walorski will visit Elkhart Clinic
303 S Nappanee St, Elkhart, IN
9:20 a.m.: Walorski will tour Elkhart General Hospital
600 East Blvd, Elkhart, IN

Jul 24, 2015 In The News

Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2015 7:10 am

MISHAWAKA — The Department of Veterans Affairs has approved construction of a new, state-of-the-art outpatient center near Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka, officials announced Wednesday.

The 71,000-square-foot clinic will replace the existing, 18,000-square-foot facility on Western Avenue in downtown South Bend.

Jul 10, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today voted for legislation that will help save lives by accelerating the discovery and development of therapies to transform the quest for faster cures.

H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act, would modernize clinical trials to expedite the development of new drugs and devices, remove regulatory uncertainty in the development of new medical apps, and break down barriers to facilitate increased research collaboration.

Jun 24, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) issued the following statement after the House passed legislation today to repeal sections of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that establish the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), an entity that would have the authority to cut access to Medicare services that seniors depend on and could have devastating consequences.