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Issue Position: Healthcare

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Health Care Rep. Frelinghuysen believes all Americans should have access to affordable, high-quality health care. To reduce healthcare costs, Frelinghuysen supported providing a voluntary prescription drug benefit to Medicare beneficiaries, advocated for the creation of Health Savings Accounts, allowed small businesses to band together to provide employees with health insurance, and cosponsored legislation to help end the medical malpractice crisis in New Jersey. He also continues to work closely with the National Institutes of Health to ensure they have the funds necessary to find cures for diseases through greater research.

Strengthening Medicare

Frelinghuysen supported historic legislation providing seniors with access to more affordable prescription drugs under Medicare. He also successfully fought to ensure New Jersey was reimbursed for costs they accrued to cover the prescription drug needs of dual-eligible seniors. Currently, he is working with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to make sure the Medicare prescription drug benefit program is successful and easier to use, allowing all New Jersey seniors to access their medicines.

Finding Cures to Disease through Greater Research

With Frelinghuysen's support, Congress has successfully fulfilled its long-term promise of doubling the budget for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), while also promoting the work of the National Science Foundation. The NIH now supports more than 50,000 scientists working in over 2,000 universities, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and other research institutions across the United States, including several in New Jersey.

The Congressman also maintains his long and deep commitment to cancer research and treatment. For more than a decade, he has secured federal support for the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the Dean and Betty Gallo Prostate Cancer Center.

Frelinghuysen continues to support countless other high priority medical research programs that are important to several northern New Jersey hospitals, including Morristown Memorial Hospital, Somerset Medical Center, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Chilton Memorial Hospital, and Saint Claire's Hospital.

Avian Influenza

In December 2005, Congress passed an Emergency Assistance Supplemental Appropriations bill, which included critical funding for avian flu preparedness. These funds will be used for upgrading State and local response capacity, particularly the planning and exercising of pandemic response plans. Additionally, this funding will be used for international activities, disease surveillance, vaccine registries, research, and clinical trials. It will also increase laboratory capacity through the Centers for Disease Control, expand the domestic production capacity of influenza vaccine, and develop and stockpile pandemic vaccine, antivirals and other supplies for the Strategic National Stockpile.

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