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.
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 |
U.S. Senator Jack Reed is inviting all Rhode Islanders interested in the nexus of health care, creativity, and technology to watch a FREE live simulcast of TEDMED 2013 beginning this evening, Tuesday, April 16 at 8:00 pm through Friday, April 19. This internationally-acc...Posted on 4/16/2013 |
Reed Urges Kids to Submit Their Favorite Healthy Recipes for a Chance to Attend Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House
U.S. Senator Jack Reed wants Rhode Island kids to show off their culinary skills and win a trip to the second annual White House Kids’ “State Dinner.” First Lady Michelle Obama, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education, Department of Agriculture...Posted on 4/3/2013 |
WARWICK, RI - U.S. Senator Jack Reed today joined with mental health and community leaders at the Kent Center in Warwick to discuss initiatives to improve mental health services and strengthen efforts to identify, treat, and care for people who are experiencing mental and behavioral health issues.&n...Posted on 4/3/2013 |
Yesterday morning, Senator Jack Reed took the time to visit citizens who benefit from Meals on Wheels to kick off the “March for Meals” campaign....Posted on 3/20/2013 |