Congresswoman Renee Ellmers: Answering Your Questions


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I had a wonderful time hosting a Town Hall on Thursday evening in Holly Springs, N.C. I had an opportunity to answer questions submitted through email, social media, and then took questions directly from audience members on everything from national security to the growing opioid epidemic here in North Carolina. I hope you will join us for our next one!

 

Weekly Update
I had an opportunity this week to speak at the American Association for Homecare Legislative Conference. I discussed legislation I have supported and sponsored that helps Medicare patients who are in need of medical equipment like wheelchairs, oxygen equipment or hospital beds. Specifically, I spoke about my legislation, H.R. 5045 called “the Preserving Access to Modern Prosthetic Limbs Act of 2016.” This legislation freezes a proposal that would otherwise stifle access to life-changing medical devices needed by Medicare recipients– including veterans and senior citizens.

As a member of the House GOP Doctor’s Caucus, I also attended a meeting this week on legislation that members have been drafting to repeal and replace Obamacare. While there have been many different bills aiming to do this, members of this caucus – all with health backgrounds and experience working in the medical field– have been committed to working on one, comprehensive bill that will overhaul Obamacare and replace it with an alternative that is patient-centered and truly affordable.

To conclude my week, I held a 2-hour Town Hall with Second District constituents in Holly Springs. It was a great way to update folks on my legislative work, my record of success and to take questions directly from audience members. Please scroll down to learn more about the discussion we had.

 

 

Town Hall with Second District Constituents
 

 After the Town Hall discussion, several Second District constituents came up to me to share stories about their line of work and how legislation we are working on is positively impacting their day to day lives.
 During Thursday’s discussion, I had a chance to talk about my efforts to save the 440th Airlift Wing at Fort Bragg and how we are working to ensure our veterans have access to top-notch quality healthcare services. Last week, I visited the Fayetteville VA Hospital (scroll down for photos), so I shared my experiences on the improvements they have made in better serving our nation’s finest.

 So great to speak with a couple of students at UNC-Chapel Hill who have a passion for political science and the government. They specifically wanted to know if there was a bill that would allow for a repeal and replacement of Obamacare, so I had an opportunity to discuss legislation put forth by Dr. Tom Price, a Republican from Georgia, called The Empowering Patients First Act.

 
Constituent Meetings
 

 It was a pleasure meeting with Andrew Cox, an Aerospace Engineering major at NC State, in my Washington office this week. Andrew, who is from Archdale, was in DC with Students for Space Exploration.

 I enjoyed meeting with two North Carolina distributors with the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America — Paul Powell, VP/GM at American Premium Beverage, and James Burkhardt, VP/Chief Financial Officer at Mutual Distributing Company which services several cities including Raleigh and Fayetteville.

 
Celebrating a Legacy in Our Own Community

 It was an honor and a pleasure to recognize Harnett County businessman, Irvin Warren, for his service to the community last week. During a reception in my Dunn office, I presented him with a flag flown over the Capitol in his honor and read to him remarks I entered into the Congressional Record.

 
Above is picture of my hometown newspaper, The Dunn Daily Record. In this article, Mr. Warren is recognized for his outstanding service and generosity. Perhaps most notably, Mr. Warren has also provided several all-expenses-paid tours for WWII veterans to visit the D.C. museums and memorials, assuring that priority was given to those who had never been. Mr. Warren is committed to continuing these trips until each veteran has had the opportunity to see the Washington sites.

 

Visiting the Fayetteville VA

 As the representative of Fort Bragg, I stay in constant contact with the Fayetteville VA to ensure our veterans are receiving the best quality healthcare. Late last week, I visited the Fayetteville VA and received an update on improvements they are making.

 
 

 After a brief presentation, I was given a tour of the facility and heard about adjustments they have made in order to expedite care and provide better service.