Larry Bucshon

Larry Bucshon

INDIANA's 8th DISTRICT

The Facts on GMOs

2015/05/18

A lot of misinformation has been promulgated regarding the effect Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) have on health. 

Here are some facts.

A recent study reviewed the last ten years of research - 1,700 studies - and found no scientific evidence supporting claims that GMOs present a risk to human health.

An additional study showed that more than half of the peer-reviewed research conducted worldwide is independently funded. The study includes a searchable database that can be accessed here. 

In fact, the Washington Post wrote last year that, "genetically modified crops could help improve the lives of millions."

And many of the world's leading organizations on science and health have argued that GMOs are safe.  

Here is a list of what some them are saying about GMOs: 

American Association for the Advancement of Science: "The science is quite clear: crop improvement by the modern molecular techniques of biotechnology is safe." (AAAS Board Statement on Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods, 2012)     American Medical Association: "Our AMA recognizes that there is no evidence that unique hazards exist either in the use of rDNA (GE) techniques or in the movement of genes between unrelated organisms." "Bioengineered foods have been consumed for close to 20 years,  and during that time, no overt consequences on human health have been reported and/or substantiated in the peer-reviewed literature." (Report of the Council on Science and Public Health, 2012)     National Academies of Science: "Genetic engineering is one of the newer technologies available to produce desired traits in plants and animals used for food, but it poses no health risks that cannot also arise from conventional breeding and other methods used to create new foods." (Expert Consensus Report: Safety of Genetically Modified Foods, 2004) "An analysis of the U.S. experience with genetically engineered crops shows that they offer substantial net environmental and economic benefits compared to conventional crops. Generally, GE crops have had fewer adverse effects on the environment than non-GE crops produced conventionally." (Impact of Genetically Engineered Crops on Farm Sustainability in the United States, 2010)     World Health Organization: "GM foods currently available on the international market have passed risk assessments and are not likely to present risks for human health. In addition, no effects on human health have been shown as a result of the consumption of such foods by the general population in the countries where they have been approved." (20 questions on genetically modified foods, 2013)     European Commission: "The main conclusion to be drawn from the efforts of more than 130 research projects, covering a period of more than 25 years of research, and involving more than 500 independent research groups, is that biotechnology, and in particular GMOs, are no more risky than conventional plant breeding technologies." (A decade of EU-funded GMO research, 2010)     The Royal Society: "A previous Royal Society Report (2002) and the Government's GM Science Review (2003/2004) assessed the possibilities of health impacts from GM crops and found no evidence of harm. Since then no significant new evidence has appeared. There is therefore no reason to suspect that the process of genetic modification of crops should per se present new allergic or toxic reactions." (Reaping the benefits: Science and the sustainable intensification of global agriculture, 2009)     International Science Academies - Joint Statement: "GM technology has shown its potential to address micro-nutrient deficiencies[in developing nations]." "GM technology, coupled with important developments in other areas, should be used to increase the production of main food staples, improve the efficiency of production, reduce the environmental impact of agriculture, and provide access to food for small-scale farmers." "Decisions regarding safety should be based on the nature of the product, rather than on the method by which it was modified. It is important to bear in mind that many of the crop plants we use contain natural toxins and allergens." (Transgenic Plants and World Agriculture, 2000)   Read More

2015 Terre Haute Job Fair

2015/05/15

Hosted by: U.S. Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. in coordination with WorkOne Western, the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce, Indiana State University, and the City of Terre Haute.

When:              June 19th, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDTWhere:             Hulman Center at Indiana State University  – 200 North 8th Street Terre Haute, IN 47809

Please Note:  There is no charge for participating in this event. 

Employer Setup is from 11:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT the day of the event.

*Employers can register for the job fair by filling out the Job Fair Registration Form located here - bucshon.house.gov/job-fair-registration

*Job seekers can register for the job fair by filling out the Job Seeker Registration Form located here - http://bucshon.house.gov/jobseeker_registration.

**For more information, please contact Erin Pugh at 812-232-0523 or at erin.pugh@mail.house.gov.

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Dr. Bucshon's Statement on Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act

2015/05/14

(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Thursday, Eighth District Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. voted for the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, a bill that grants Congress an oversight role on any nuclear deal negotiated with Iran. The bill passed by a vote of 400 to 25 and now heads to President Obama’s desk for his signature.  

 “While this bill may not be perfect, the stakes are too high for Congress to capitulate our ability to disapprove a bad deal between the Administration and Iran,” said Bucshon. “Congress must have aggressive input on any negotiation and this bill is our only avenue to seize that opportunity.”

The bill passed the United States Senate by a vote of 98 to 1 on May 7, 2015.

Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. is a physician and Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee serving his third term representing Indiana's 8th Congressional district. The 8th District of Indiana includes all or parts of Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warrick counties.  

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Bucshon to Announce Art Competition Winner

2015/05/01

(Evansville, IN) – Eighth District Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. will visit the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana to review submissions to his Congressional Art Competition and announce the winner on Monday, May 4th, in Evansville. 

The Congressional Art Competition is an annual event held by Congressman Bucshon open to all students who are currently enrolled in a high school located in the 8th District. 

The winner was selected by an expert panel from the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana and will be announced by Bucshon on May 4th at 4:00pm CDT. 

Bucshon will be joined with students who submitted artwork to the competition and their families.  

Who:       Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08)                8th District High School Students and families What:     Announce Winner of the 8th District Congressional Art Competition When:    Monday, May 4 2015 @ 4:00pm CDTWhere:  Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana – 318 Main St # 101, Evansville, IN 47708 

Media is invited to attend. 

The winner of the 8th District's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol alongside artwork from other contest winners nation-wide.  The winner will also receive two free roundtrip tickets to Washington, DC from Southwest Airlines, a gift card for the Marriott Hotel chains, tour of the Capitol, and an invitation to the Congressional awards ceremony.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

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Indiana Congressional Delegation Honors Ernie Pyle

2015/04/16

(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Thursday, the Indiana Congressional Delegation honored the life and legacy of the late Ernie Pyle, Pulitzer Prize winning Hoosier newspaper columnist who was killed on April 18, 1945 covering the life of soldiers during WWII. 

U.S. Representative Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN-08):

“Ernie Pyle was truly one of the greatest Hoosiers in the history of our state. He became a household name as he wrote about the trials and tribulations and the honor and dignity of our soldiers in WWII. Through his Pulitzer Prize-winning column, Ernie Pyle brought the hard realities of war into the homes of families worldwide and he became an advocate for the soldier – the guys he rightfully argued wars can’t be won without. Generations of young journalists, especially those who’ve studied in the Indiana University School of Journalism, have greatly benefited from his example and legacy.  As Hoosiers, it is our duty to make sure future generations know Ernie Pyle’s story and I’m proud my colleagues have joined together to recognize the 70th anniversary of his death.” 

U.S. Senator Dan Coats (R-IN):

“Ernie Pyle’s newspaper columns revolutionized how Americans received wartime news and changed the journalism industry forever. Ernie’s reporting revealed not only his personal courage, but the compassion he felt for the common man serving on the frontlines during World War II. His legacy lives on in Indiana and across the United States.”

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN):

“On the 70th anniversary of renowned World War II journalist Ernie Pyle’s death, we pay tribute to a Hoosier who forever impacted American journalism. A native of Dana, Indiana, who studied journalism at Indiana University, Ernie Pyle garnered a national and international following, thanks to his columns that vividly captured the daily sacrifice and heroism of our servicemen fighting in World War II.  His reporting from the battlefield humanized the war for many back home. Ultimately, Ernie Pyle died in the South Pacific doing what he loved: covering the war as an embedded. I am proud to join my colleagues in recognizing a great Hoosier, Ernie Pyle.”

U.S. Representative Susan Brooks (R-IN-05):

“Ernie Pyle was a trailblazer whose work brought the most critical events of World War II to life and served to humanize the soldier experience for millions of Americans back home. The standard of quality he set as an embedded reporter still impacts the way journalists gather and convey news to this day. On the 70th anniversary of his death, we should all take a moment to celebrate the legacy of this tremendous Hoosier.”    

U.S. Representative Andre Carson (D-IN-07):

“Ernie Pyle is a true Hoosier hero.  He was in the foxholes, he was on the front lines. He was a champion of the enlisted men and he told everyone back home about their exploits.”

U.S. Representative Luke Messer (R-IN-06):

“Ernie Pyle was a great Hoosier who had a unique way of putting a human face to one of our world’s greatest conflicts. Very few people told the stories of our American heroes fighting in World War II the way he did.  It’s a privilege to help honor his life and the contributions he made not only to the world of journalism but also to our great state.” 

U.S. Representative Todd Rokita (R-IN-04):

“Ernie Pyle’s impact on journalism should make every Hoosier proud.  Though he paid the ultimate price reporting on the realities and horrors of war, his timeless writings, and his legacy, will remain.  In the 4th District, U.S. 36 is named in Ernie Pyle’s honor from the town of Danville to the state line.  It continues to remind us of this Hoosier’s remarkable service.”

U.S. Representative Marlin Stutzman (R-IN-03):

“Like the stories he bravely told during World War II, the legacy of Ernie Pyle lives on. 70 years after his passing, this Hoosier turned world traveler and reporter continues to inspire generations of journalists.  As the field of media changes, let us remember the integrity and devotion Ernie Pyle gave to his writing and to those he wrote about.”  

U.S. Representative Pete Visclosky (D-IN-01):

“Mr. Ernie Pyle’s journalistic dedication during one of the most perilous times in our country’s history is still alive today.  It lives on in all those who put themselves in harm’s way to capture the brave actions of the men and women in our Armed Forces.”     

U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski (R-IN-02):

“Ernie Pyle is an honorable Hoosier who deserves recognition for his contributions not only to our state but our nation. As a former journalist, his devotion to reporting during World War II embodies true Hoosier values and his exceptional work makes him the legend he is today.”

U.S. Representative Todd Young (R-IN-09):

“Ernie Pyle learned his trade as a student at Indiana University, where he wrote and edited for the Indiana Daily Student. Today, IU’s nationally renowned journalism program is built largely on his legacy. But he’s more than just an influential figure for new generations of aspiring journalists; he was one of the most important Hoosiers covering life in pre-war America, and perhaps the most important American covering World War II. Our state and country are both better off for his contributions.”  

BACKGROUND: 

Ernest Taylor Pyle grew up in Dana in Vermillion County, Indiana and was a graduate of Indiana University. Pyle became a household name as a wartime correspondent during World War II. Pyle began his reporting on WWII during the Battle of Britain in 1940 and ultimately traveled to Ie Shima, a small island near Okinawa in the South Pacific, where he was tragically killed by a Japanese machine gunner. 

Pyle’s Pulitzer Prize-winning column was carried by over 700 daily or weekly newspapers worldwide. He was known for his focus on the daily strife of infantry soldiers and became an advocate on their behalf. 

The Ernie Pyle WWII Museum in Dana, Indiana highlights his life’s writings and his legacy.  At his alma mater Indiana University where he studied journalism and was editor of the Indiana Daily Student, the School of Journalism is housed in “Ernie Pyle Hall” and features a semester-long course dedicated to his work and a scholarship named in his honor.  

His full biography can be found here and information on the Ernie Pyle WWII Museum can be found here

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Dr. Bucshon Applauds Senate Action on SGR Reform Bill

2015/04/15

(WASHINGTON, DC) –Today, the United States Senate approved H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act sending the bill to President Obama’s desk. H.R. 2 replaces Medicare’s flawed physician payment formula, the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) with bipartisan, bicameral reforms that help protect the Medicare promise. This unprecedented effort removes the imminent threat of draconian cuts to Medicare providers and moves Medicare away from a volume-based system towards one that rewards value, improving the quality of care for seniors. 

Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) released the following statement regarding Senate passage of H.R. 2:

“The House led on an unprecedented victory for America’s seniors, children, and their families.  After years of flawed Medicare policy, we are finally creating a stable system that ensures Medicare patients will have access to their doctors while protecting the Medicare promise for future generations. With this bipartisan compromise we’ve demonstrated how Washington, D.C. can work together to improve the lives of the American people. As one of a small number of physicians in Congress, I’m happy to have played a part in putting an end to this flawed policy. 

An important component of the bill repeals a policy that would have resulted in a dramatic increase in the out-of-pocket costs for seniors was included at the request of Bucshon and his democratic colleague from California and fellow physician, Congressman Ami Bera. This measure was maintained by the Senate. 

As a physician and member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Dr. Bucshon played an integral role in crafting the legislation and helping gather support for it.  

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI):

"We are saying goodbye to the SGR thanks, in large part, to the diligent efforts of Dr. Bucshon and his physician colleagues in the Doctor's Caucus. They know better than anyone the importance of eliminating this repeated threat and establishing a fair and stable system for Medicare payments. We can all be proud of the bipartisan effort by the House today." 

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG):

“The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists thanks Rep. Bucshon for his leadership in supporting repeal of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate formula. As a physician, Rep. Bucshon understands first-hand the importance of predictable, adequate payment rates on the ability of America’s health care providers, including ob-gyns, to provide quality care to their patients. Repeal of SGR will help more physicians to sustain their practices and keep more Americans healthy,” said President of ACOG, John C. Jennings, M.D.

American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons:

“America’s neurosurgeons and their patients are extraordinarily grateful for the tireless efforts of Rep. Larry Bucshon to pass Medicare legislation that will preserve timely access to care for our nation’s seniors.”

H.R. 2 passed the House with a strong bipartisan vote of 392 to 37. A section by section analysis of the bill is available here.

BACKGROUND: 

The SGR formula was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Clinton in 1997 to control Medicare spending. The flawed Medicare formula has proven over time to be ineffective and put seniors’ access to physicians at risk. The SGR policy flaws have compelled Congress to override the formula-driven cuts for more than a decade.  In fact, since 2003, Congress has spent nearly $170 billion in short-term patches to avoid these unsustainable cuts.  The most recent patch will expire on March 31, 2015.  H.R. 2 repeals the SGR, averting a 21 percent SGR-induced cut scheduled for April 1, 2015.

Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. is a physician and Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee serving his third term representing Indiana's 8th Congressional district. The 8th District of Indiana includes all or parts of Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warrick counties.  

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Bucshon, Whitfield, Kennedy, and Pallone Introduce Legislation to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse

2015/04/13

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representatives Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN-08), Ed Whitfield (R-KY-01), Joe Kennedy, III (D-MA-04), and Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ-06) introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting Act, or NASPER Act.  NASPER provides grant funding to States to foster the use of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) in the fight against the growing prescription drug abuse epidemic.

Representative Larry Bucshon, M.D.: 

“Prescription drug addiction has become an epidemic affecting too many of our families in Indiana. As a physician, I’ve seen firsthand how addiction can turn lives upside down. That’s why I’m proud to join a bipartisan effort to address this problem and bring relief to our communities. Reauthorizing NASPER will give states and local communities the resources necessary to monitor prescription drug use and to make sure prescription drugs are not crossing state lines. By not interfering with physicians’ ability to care for their patients, this bill promotes good medical practices and helps stop addiction in its tracks.” 

Representative Ed Whitfield: 

“Prescription drug abuse continues to takes lives, ruin families, and drain on our health care system and its resources. Tragically, drug overdose death rates in the United States have increased five-fold since 1980, and drug overdose now kills more Americans than automobile accidents. The NASPER program will provide States with the necessary investments to build upon the success PDMPs have had in reducing prescription drug abuse through streamlined access to timely, accurate, and secure patient prescription history. This will allow physicians to properly treat their patients while cracking down on the interstate trafficking of prescription medications and patients who are simply doctor shopping.” 

Representative Joe Kennedy, III: 

“There are few people in this country that have been spared the heartbreak of watching a loved one, neighbor or friend fall victim to opiate addiction. It’s an epidemic striking red states and blue states, small towns and big cities, neighborhoods rich and poor. The bipartisan coalition behind this bill today is a testament not just to the breadth and depth of the problem but to the commitment in Congress to address it.  NASPER works to strengthen one important piece of the solution – prescription monitoring. It will empower states and advocates on the front lines of this crisis to build successful PDMPs that can communicate across state lines and help identify at-risk behavior – a key first step in fending off addiction before it starts.”

Representative Frank Pallone, Jr.: 

“The misuse of prescription drugs has escalated at an alarming rate over the last two decades with corresponding increases in both overdose deaths and addiction.  Many people, especially teenagers, believe prescription drugs are safer than illegal drugs because they are manufactured and prescribed by doctors.  However, with prescription drugs accounting for over 20,000 deaths in the United States each year, that is a potentially lethal misconception.  I am pleased to re-introduce the bipartisan NASPER Act in order to help ensure that prescription drugs are used only for intended purposes with legitimate prescriptions.”

Background:

NASPER originally became law August 11, 2005 and is administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) within the Department of Health and Human Services. It is designed to assist states in combating prescription drug abuse of controlled substances through prescription drug monitoring programs, or PDMPs. 

The reauthorization of NASPER would allow SAMHSA to provide grants to states for the establishment, implementation, and improvement of PDMPs offering timely access to accurate prescription information. This is critical to a provider’s ability to screen and treat patients at risk for addiction. Recognizing the importance of data sharing between state PDMPs, The NASPER program also promotes greater information sharing by requiring grantees to facilitate PDMP interoperability with at least one bordering state, while simultaneously protecting against unauthorized access to patient records. The NASPER reauthorization language would also encourage States to explore ways to incorporate access to their PDMPs into provider workflow systems such as electronic health records and e-prescribing. Making prescriber access to PDMPs faster and more efficient will facilitate great usage of these effective warning systems. 

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Dr. Bucshon Applauds Bipartisan Medicare Fix

2015/03/26

(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Thursday, the House approved H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. H.R. 2 replaces Medicare’s flawed physician payment formula, the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) with bipartisan, bicameral reforms that help protect the Medicare promise. This unprecedented effort removes the imminent threat of draconian cuts to Medicare providers and moves Medicare away from a volume-based system towards one that rewards value, improving the quality of care for seniors.

Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) released the following statement regarding passage of H.R. 2:

“Today’s vote was an unprecedented victory for America’s seniors, children, and their families.  After years of flawed Medicare policy, we are finally creating a stable system that ensures Medicare patients will have access to their doctors while protecting the Medicare promise for future generations. Gone are the days of uncertainty for physicians and their patients. With this bipartisan compromise we’ve demonstrated how Washington, D.C. can work together to improve the lives of the American people.

“As one of a small number of physicians in Congress, I’m happy to have played a part in putting an end to this flawed policy.  In addition, I was able to work with my democratic colleague and fellow physician Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA) to include a provision that eliminated a CMS policy that would have resulted in a dramatic increase in the out-of-pocket costs for seniors. I’m proud of our bipartisan work on this important issue and I thank my colleagues for joining with us to get this done.

“I congratulate Speaker Boehner, Minority Leader Pelosi, Chairman Upton, Ranking Member Pallone, and Chairman Pitts for all their commitment to ending SGR.”  

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) highlighted Dr. Bucshon’s work on H.R. 2 stating:

"We are saying goodbye to the SGR thanks, in large part, to the diligent efforts of Dr. Bucshon and his physician colleagues in the Doctor's Caucus. They know better than anyone the importance of eliminating this repeated threat and establishing a fair and stable system for Medicare payments. We can all be proud of the bipartisan effort by the House today." 

H.R. 2 passed with a strong bipartisan vote of 392 to 37. A section by section analysis of the bill is available here.

On Wednesday, Dr. Bucshon and Rep. Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) authored an op-ed in The Hill offering a physician’s perspective on the importance of H.R. 2. The physician lawmakers wrote: We know what it’s really like in the exam room, and the real consequences that inadequate and uncertain Medicare payments have on patient care. Our seniors and their physicians should not have to continue to bear the consequences of Congress’ failure to fix a problem Congress created. This time we can’t let politics get in the way of progress. With 49 million patients enrolled in Medicare and another 10,000 baby-boomers aging in each day, we have a responsibility to seize this historic occasion to pass a bipartisan SGR repeal and to right the Medicare system once and for all.”

BACKGROUND:

The SGR formula was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Clinton in 1997 to control Medicare spending. The flawed Medicare formula has proven over time to be ineffective and put seniors’ access to physicians at risk. The SGR policy flaws have compelled Congress to override the formula-driven cuts for more than a decade.  In fact, since 2003, Congress has spent nearly $170 billion in short-term patches to avoid these unsustainable cuts.  The most recent patch will expire on March 31, 2015.  H.R. 2 repeals the SGR, averting a 21 percent SGR-induced cut scheduled for April 1, 2015.

Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. is a physician and Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee serving his third term representing Indiana's 8th Congressional district. The 8th District of Indiana includes all or parts of Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warrick counties.  

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VIDEO: Dr. Bucshon Urges Colleagues to Protect Medicare

2015/03/26

(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Thursday, Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. spoke on the House floor urging his colleagues to support H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. H.R. 2 replaces Medicare’s flawed physician payment formula, the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) with bipartisan, bicameral reforms that help protect the Medicare promise. This unprecedented effort removes the imminent threat of draconian cuts to Medicare providers and moves Medicare away from a volume-based system towards one that rewards value, improving the quality of care for seniors. A section by section analysis of the bill is available here.

 

The transcript of Dr. Bucshon’s remarks is available below and video is available online here.

“Mr. Speaker today is a great day for America’s seniors.

“After years of flawed Medicare policy, we are finally creating a stable system that ensures Medicare patients will have access to their doctors.

“This new policy will move our Medicare system to one that is based on quality of care that is provided to our nation’s seniors.

 “In fact, for the first time in decades, we actually achieve real, structural reforms in the program that will help save this critical program for future seniors.

“I would also like to highlight that this legislation repeals CMS’s flawed policy to eliminate bundled surgical payments.

“Eliminating surgical payment bundles would force doctors to spend more time billing CMS that could be used caring for patients.

“I would like to thank Chairman Pitts and I would also like to congratulate Speaker Boehner, Minority Leader Pelosi, Chairman Upton and Ranking Member Pallone for putting politics aside and putting America’s seniors first.

Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. is a physician and Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee serving his third term representing Indiana's 8th Congressional district. The 8th District of Indiana includes all or parts of Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warrick counties.  

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Dr. Bucshon’s Statement on Senator Coats

2015/03/24

Eighth District Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. released the following statement regarding Senator Dan Coats’ decision to not seek reelection.  

“Senator Dan Coats is a true public servant who’s made a tremendous impact on our state and our country. He’s been a great partner in the Senate and an example of a principled, conservative leader. I am truly grateful for his counsel over the past few years. I look forward to working with him as he finishes his term and wish him and Marsha all the best in their future endeavors.”

Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. is a physician and Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee serving his third term representing Indiana's 8th Congressional district. The 8th District of Indiana includes all or parts of Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warrick counties.  

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Larry Bucshon (pronounced:  “Boo-shon”) was born on May 31, 1962 and raised in Kincaid, Illinois, a small town of 1400 people in central Illinois. His life was shaped by this small town upbringing by two hard working parents. Larry’s father was an underground coal miner and his mother was a nurse. Both are now retired and still live in Kincaid.

Larry attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and, upon receiving his bachelor’s degree, attended medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Following medical school Larry completed a residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he served as chief resident in surgery, and then remained there to complete a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery. During this time he also enlisted with the United States Navy Reserve and served for almost a decade. During his residency Larry met his wife Kathryn, who is also a physician and a practicing anesthesiologist in Evansville.

Prior to being elected to Congress, Larry spent his life specializing in cardiothoracic surgery and has performed hundreds of heart surgeries and also served as President of Ohio Valley HeartCare. Larry’s outstanding work and leadership in this field led to him being honored as the St. Mary’s Medical Staff Physician of the Year in 2007. Larry also served as Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Medical Director of the open heart recovery intensive care unit at St. Mary’s Hospital. He is board certified in Cardiothoracic Surgery by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Larry and his wife Kathryn reside in Warrick County with their four children and attend Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Evansville.


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Jackie Walorski

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Marlin Stutzman

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Todd Rokita

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Susan Brooks

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Luke Messer

INDIANA's 6th DISTRICT

Todd Young

INDIANA's 9th DISTRICT

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