Improving Care, Controlling Costs, and Investing in Research
Senator Reed has supported efforts to improve the quality of our health care system and reduce costs for consumers, and has been nationally recognized for his work to provide all children with access to affordable health care. He helped author key provisions of the landmark health insurance reform law, which in its first year has already provided over $50 million for Rhode Island to improve health coverage and wellness.
Reed brokered a bipartisan agreement that prevented over 600,000 children nationwide from potentially losing their health insurance and boosted State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) funding for Rhode Island from $13.2 million to $69.5 million – the highest percentage increase of any state.
He also wrote the Conquer Childhood Cancer Act, a law that expands research programs aimed at improving childhood cancer treatments and ultimately finding a cure for childhood cancer. And he earned national recognition for increasing funds for vital immunization and disease prevention programs for children and adults.
Key Priorities & Accomplishments
- Reed wrote the Trauma Care Systems Planning and Development Act, which was signed into law by President Bush in 2007, establishing critical care networks nationwide so that more paramedics and first responders get trauma care patients to the right doctor at the right time.
- Reed has worked on a bipartisan basis to expand mental health care services, and prevent youth suicide, improve childhood cancer treatments, and support the National Marrow Donor Program, which provides donor matching information for patients in need of a bone marrow transplant.
- Successfully pressured the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to strengthen labeling and testing standards for sunscreen products.
- As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Reed strongly supports medical research funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), medical education and training programs, as well as national immunization programs for the uninsured and underinsured.
Reed on Senate floor: “I am here to address the looming fiscal deadlines, and, more importantly, how to keep our economy growing and increasing jobs. That is why I believe we were sent here, not to engage in some of these procedural arguments, not to challenge the basic presumptions...Posted on 9/26/2013 |
PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Lincoln Chafee today joined with U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse in announcing that Rhode Island has been awarded $5.8 million for the expansion of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program. Created as part of the A...Posted on 9/23/2013 |
WARWICK, RI - In an effort to help ensure patients have access to quality health care services at Rhode Island hospitals, as well as support sustainable sources of jobs in the state, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives James Langevin and David Cicilline...Posted on 8/7/2013 |
Today, over four years after the World Health Organization (WHO) labeled UV-emitting tanning bed devices a carcinogen, a group of nine U.S. Senators led by Jack Reed (D-RI), are urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to promptly finalize rules reclassifying tanning lamps and...Posted on 7/29/2013 |
In an effort to help ensure that Rhode Island’s medical facilities and health care systems are prepared for natural disasters and public health emergencies, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) announced that the Rhode Island Department of Health will receive...Posted on 7/24/2013 |
WARWICK, RI - Warm weather is here and now is the time to prepare for the upcoming tick season. In an effort to help raise awareness about how to lower the rate of tick bites and Lyme disease, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) today joined Thomas Mather, director of the University of Rho...Posted on 4/29/2013 |
U.S. Senator Jack Reed joins Thomas Mather, director of the University of Rhode Island’s (URI) Center for Vector-Borne Disease and the TickEncounter Resource Center, and tick control expert David Mendell to launch a new Get TickSmart/RI campaign....Posted on 4/29/2013 |