Washington, DC- The House of Representatives released a plan Monday that included priority legislation sponsored by Congressman Tom Reed (NY-23). Included in this outline is the extension of four critical health care programs to New York's 23rd District: Medicare Dependent Hospitals, Low Volume Hospitals, Community Health Centers, and the Special Diabetes Program. The plan funds these vital programs for two years and keep our government working for the American people.
Reed has sponsored or co-sponsored these programs through various pieces of legislation and has been an active voice in making sure they were part of the funding plan.
"Extending the funding for our rural hospitals and health care centers is a major win for our region," Reed said. "These dollars help keep the doors open and critical services available to our communities. It also ensures our seniors have access to the care they deserve."
As Co-Chair of the Diabetes Caucus, Reed has been working to ensure the Special Diabetes Program was prioritized as well.
"The Special Diabetes Program has provided funding that has resulted in monumental breakthroughs in the effort to cure diabetes. Continuing to fund this program is essential to finding a cure to the disease," Reed added.
Additionally, this plan fully funds our military through the end of 2018.
"Our military men and women deserve to have the equipment they need to defend our nation. We owe it to them to make sure they have the proper funding to carry out their duties," Reed said.