U.S. Congressman David Schweikert | E-Newsletter
District Update |August 10, 2018 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congressman David Schweikert
Week in Review
Hello Friends, 

Another hot week in the books for Arizona!

This week, I had the pleasure to meet with constituent groups on a variety of issues as well as a non profit working towards helping homeless Arizonans gain more stability in their lives. We had the chance to discuss issues stemming from healthcare to real estate, mortgages, and veterans. These groups are always providing new ideas on how to make Arizona a great place and I appreciate their time on these important issues.

If your group is interested in setting up a meeting with me or any experts in my office please email:

Schweikert.Scheduling@Mail.House.Gov



August Letter to Health & Human Services

I joined my fellow Arizona Members Martha McSally, Debbie Lesko, Andy Biggs, Kyrsten Sinema, and Tom O’Halleran in sending a letter to the Inspector General and Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement demanding there be an investigation to look into the sexual abuse allegations at the Southwest Key facility in Arizona.

The letter asks thorough questions related to all of the allegations of sexual and physical abuse at federal funded shelters which housed underage minors. I find that being the father of a two and a half year-old, the types of allegations being reported terrify me down to my bones. Now we are going to take action to find out what has really been going on.

To read the content of the letter, follow this link to my website.  

In Case You Missed It

This July I led the charge on a bill that would establish an electronic standard for prior authorizations in Medicare. H.R. 4841 would help move pharmacies and doctors away from faxing the prior authorization forms and encourage them to communicate in real time through electronic means.

The bill consists of two main ideas: to prevent the delays caused by the current system of non-electronic/real time prior authorization requests so that Medicare patients receive prescriptions as soon as possible, and by making the process electronic, there will be an improved oversight in the system to ensure patients are only receiving approved medications.

Medicare has very high rates of opioid abuse. Nearly 1/3 of individuals enrolled in Medicare’s prescription drug benefit (Part D) in 2017 received a prescription opioid, and HHS/OIG has identified high rates of abuse within this population. These changes will improve oversight in opioid prescribing to ensure only those individuals prescribed are receiving the medically necessary medications.  

For more information, follow
this link

Medicare Part D Graphic

Arizona Opioid Resources Created by the House of Representatives
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IN THE NEWS
Rep. Schweikert Leads Arizona Lawmakers Letter Regarding Southwest Key Accusations. 

https://www.12news.com/article/news/local/valley/arizona-lawmakers-demand-investigation-of-southwest-key-following-sex-abuse-accusations/75-580371933

U.S. Legislators Propose Blockchain Solution to Combat Fungal Disease, 10,000 Cases Reported Annually

https://coinidol.com/us-legislators-propose-blockchain-solution-to-combat-fungal-diseases/

WHAT I'VE BEEN READING
Valley Fever Research

Arizona Developing New Valley Fever Diagnostic

https://www.usnews.com/news/healthiest-communities/articles/2018-08-10/valley-fever-a-desert-menace-and-mystery

- This article will show Arizona working on better diagnostics for Valley Fever. My recently introduced FORWARD Act seeks to help these efforts. 

FORWARD Act Proposed to Research Valley Fever

http://kjzz.org/content/684295/forward-act-proposed-research-valley-fever


Economic Research:

Americans of All Walks of Life Benefit from Growing Economy

https://waysandmeans.house.gov/tax-facts-tuesday-americans-of-all-walks-of-life-benefit-from-growing-economy/ 

Arizona Unemployment Rate from January to May of 2018.


Additional Research:

Special Report: the Aging, Childless Future

https://www.axios.com/the-aging-childless-future-21f9ae39-bf77-4777-8df2-64dc96e8277b.html 

Grow-your-own organs could be here 
within five years,as scientists prove they work on pigs. 

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/08/01/grow-your-own-organs-could-within-five-years-scientists-prove/ 
DISTRICT NEWS

Monsoon Storms Move into Phoenix area for 3rd Straight Day

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix-weather/2018/08/09/monsoon-storm-weather-advisories-issued-storm-hits-phoenix-area/954216002/

How to Stay Safe During Arizona's Monsoon Season

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-weather/2017/06/15/facts-and-tips-arizonas-monsoon-season/391099001/

Arizona Firefighters Head to California to Battle Record Wildfires

https://www.abc15.com/news/state/arizona-firefighters-head-to-california-to-battle-record-wildfires

 
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