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Cassidy in Hill Oped: Finding a path forward to end surprise medical billing

Finding a path forward to end surprise medical billingBy U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D.July 19, 2019 The stories of Americans affected by surprise medical bills are hard to believe. A teacher with insurance was taken to an out-of-network medical facility when he suffered a heart attack and was charged $108,951 out-of-pocket for his care. A college student was charged $17,850 for a urine test after her back surgery. She too had health insurance and was given no reason to suspect th… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Cruz: Antifa is a Domestic Terrorist Organization

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) today introduced a resolution to the U.S. Senate condemning the violent acts carried out by members of Antifa and calling for the designation of the group as a domestic terrorist organization. "Antifa are terrorists, violent masked bullies who 'fight fascism' with actual fascism, protected by Liberal privilege," said Dr. Cassidy. "Bullies get their way until someone says no. Elected officials must have courage, not cowardice, to preve… Continue Reading


Cassidy Commends House Movement on Ending Surprise Medical Bills

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today released a statement in support of a House Energy and Commerce Committee's vote to adopt an independent dispute resolution process as a backstop in their proposed House solution to end surprise medical billing. This solution is similar to the STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act, legislation Cassidy introduced with the Bipartisan Senate Surprise Medical Billing Working Group that now has the support of 27 senators. "Our Senate bipartisan working group fir… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Kennedy Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Reauthorize, Reform NFIP

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) led a bipartisan group of senators and representatives in unveiling a new, bipartisan and bicameral piece of legislation to extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five years while instituting a series of critical reforms to address the waste, abuse and mismanagement plaguing the system. More than five million American families depend upon the NFIP, which Congress must reauthorize before it expires on Sept. 30, 2019. … Continue Reading


Cassidy Energy Legislation Passes Committee

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today released a statement following the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passage of the Small Scale LNG Access Act and the Launching Energy Advancement and Development through Innovations for Natural Gas (LEADING) Act, two pieces of legislation introduced by Dr. Cassidy. "The Small Scale LNG Access Act unleashes the potential of American natural gas, creating good-paying jobs for hardworking families in Louisiana," said Dr. Cassidy. "To fu… Continue Reading


WATCH: Cassidy Pushes for Lower Drug Prices on Senate Floor

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today spoke on the Senate floor about his pieces of legislation to reduce the high cost of prescription drugs. Cassidy praised innovation in the pharmaceutical industry that has improved and saved lives, but pointed out that if a patient can't afford the drug, it is as if the innovation never happened. Cassidy recently introduced a package of legislation to lower prescription drug costs, focusing on increasing competition and getting rid of loopholes th… Continue Reading


Momentum Continues to Build for College Transparency Act

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate's education committee, today announced 24 senators have signed their names onto the bipartisan College Transparency Act (CTA) with the addition of, U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). Today's additions represent clear, growing support for CTA amid ongoing Higher Education Act talks. "College loan debts are rising. Students need more information to make better decis… Continue Reading


Cassidy Meets With Ivanka Trump on Path Forward for Paid Family Leave

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), chairman of the Bipartisan Senate Working Group on Paid Family Leave, today met with Ivanka Trump, senior advisor to the president, to discuss the path forward on enacting paid family leave legislation. "My goal is success, and having Ivanka Trump as a champion is invaluable," said Dr. Cassidy. "I'm chairman of the bipartisan paid family leave working group. My priority-the priority of the working group-is a common ground solution that empowers families … Continue Reading


VIDEO: Cassidy Chairs Senate Energy Hearing: America will be a Global Leader in Emissions Reduction, We Need a Model Other Countries Will Follow

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy, held a hearing today to consider multiple pieces of legislation. Legislation considered in the hearing included Cassidy's LEADING Act, legislation incentivizing research and development of carbon capture technology for natural gas to ensure a reliable, affordable, and environmentally sound energy supply. During his opening remarks, Cassidy highlighted the United States' ability t… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Delegation Request Disaster Aid for Louisiana Seafood Industry

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) and U.S. Representatives Steve Scalise (R-LA), Garret Graves (R-LA), Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Clay Higgins (R-LA), Ralph Abraham (R-LA) and Mike Johnson (R-LA) today urged Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to begin the process of implementing a federal fisheries disaster declaration due to the opening of the Bonnet Carré Spillway. Opening of the spillway is causing hundreds of thousands of cubic feet of fresh water to pour into L… Continue Reading


Cassidy Presses for Access to Life-Saving Devices

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), have called on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to take steps that ensure Medicare and Medicaid patients continue to have access to non-invasive ventilators. This is in response to a proposal by CMS to add these devices to the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) competitive bidding program. This would be the first time CMS would include an item in the "frequent and s… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Kennedy Announce Swiss Court Orders Release of Stanford Ponzi Scheme Funds

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) today announced a major development in the recovery of stolen funds from the Stanford Ponzi Scheme. The Swiss Federal Office of Justice has ordered Societe Generale (SocGen) Private Banking in Switzerland to hand over US$105.7 million, currently held in two Stanford International Back Limited's accounts, to U.S. authorities. SocGen conducted foreign banking for Allen Stanford despite a report from their hired private investigation … Continue Reading


Cassidy Defends Coastal Restoration Funding

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), during a recent Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, defended the use of offshore energy revenue sharing funds that support Louisiana's coastalrestoration efforts. He also stated his serious concerns with a bill being considered by the committee that would divert unobligated revenue sharing funds to other federal projects. Cassidy pointed out that states receive only a 37.5 percent share of revenues from energy produced offshore compared… Continue Reading


Cassidy Votes Against Udall Amendment to the NDAA

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today released the following statement after voting no on the Udall Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which would prevent the president from using any military funds toward a conflict with Iran without prior approval from Congress. "We don't want war with Iran. I agree with the president's restraint, but if Iran threatens to attack again, we should leave all options open," said Dr. Cassidy. "The Udall amendment would not allow all … Continue Reading


Cassidy Statement on Senate Passage of Defense Spending Package

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following quote after the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 1790). "This legislation is our national commitment to our military and our servicemen and women," said Dr. Cassidy. "I am proud to support this legislation, giving our soldiers, marines and sailors the largest pay raise in a decade, which is well deserved." ###… Continue Reading


Cassidy Statement on Senate Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Address Border Crisis

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) today released the following statement on the Senate passage of a $4.59 billion bipartisan supplemental package to address the humanitarian crisis at the southern border. "The Senate just showed that we can pass bipartisan legislation to address the crisis on our southern border," said Dr. Cassidy. "Now it's time for House Democrats to join us and show they would rather have a solution than a campaign issue." ###… Continue Reading


Cassidy Legislation to Reduce Health Care Costs Passes Committee

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today released a statement following the Senate Health Committee passage of the Lower Health Care Costs Act which includes 14 separate provisions authored or led by Cassidy to lower the cost of prescription drugs, protect patients from surprise medical bills, increase price transparency in health care, improve public health, and protect the private data of patients. "This is a set of proposals that will benefit patients, addressing both their physical heal… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Bennet, Bilirakis, Crist Introduce Tax Credit for Working Families, Small Business Owners Preparing for Natural Disasters

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) and U.S. Representatives Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and Charlie Crist (D-FL), today introduced the Shelter Act, legislation to help Americans protect their homes or businesses against hurricanes, tornados, floods, drought, and wildfires, creating a first-of-its-kind disaster mitigation tax credit for families and business owners in disaster-prone areas. "What's better than a quick recovery after a flood is never flooding at all," said… Continue Reading


Cassidy on Iran: These are the Death Throes of a Dying Regime

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today joined Fox Business to express his position on the Iranian attack against an American Drone. "I think we have to recognize, if you will, these are death throes of a dying regime," said Dr. Cassidy in the interview. "It is intensely provocative but think about what the Ayatollahs want. Their country-their support in the country is falling apart. They would like nothing better than to unite the Iranian people behind their old trope that the Great Satan… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Kennedy Congratulate Justice Greg Guidry and James Cain, Jr. on Full Senate Confirmations

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) released a statement following the judicial confirmations of Greg Guidry to the Eastern District of Louisiana and James Cain, Jr. to the Western District of Louisiana in Lake Charles which has been without a district judge for almost two years. "Justice Guidry is exceptionally qualified, having served our state well for decades and will undoubtedly continue to do so in this new position," said Dr. Cassidy. "Mr. Cain has the extensi… Continue Reading

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