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the House. He is one of the strongest champions of the ASC industry and is the lead Democratic sponsor of the ASC Quality and Access Act. Lar- son also sits on the Ways and Means Committee and, due to his party’s majority power, is well-positioned to support ASCs among the Committee and Congressional leadership. ASCA is grateful for his stewardship of ASC issues in Congress. Aside from his support of ASCs, Larson has champi- oned significant issues that span the policy spectrum. Namely, he intro- duced the Social Security 2100 Act to, as stated on his website, “enhance benefits and ensure the foundation of our retirement system remains strong for generations.”


Know Your Representatives


These members of Congress could make a difference to your ASC BY JEFF EVANS


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s the final year of this decade, 2019 brings with it a new Con- gress and plenty of fresh, and many familiar, faces on Capitol Hill. As a result of last November’s election, the US House of Representatives is now under a Democratic majority and the US Senate is operating with a larger Republican majority than in 2018. Fortunately, for the ASC commu-


nity, its policy priorities are solidly bipartisan. Historically, the Ambula- tory Surgical Center (ASC) Quality and Access Act, a mainstay piece of ASC legislation, has been introduced by both Republican and Democratic champions. With a slate of 100 new House members and 11 new senators, ASC stakeholders are eager, once again, to demonstrate in Congress the quality, efficient and cost-effective care that ASCs deliver.


16 ASC FOCUS APRIL 2019 | ascfocus.org To that end, there are several legis-


lators to watch. All can play a key role in supporting the ASC community.


US House of Representatives Congressman Richard Neal (D-MA)


Rep. Neal chairs the pow- erful House Ways and Means Committee, which


is the chief tax-writing committee in the House and oversees various aspects of the health care system. A longtime supporter of ASCs, Neal is known as a pragmatist and will continue to lead one of the most important Congressional committees until at least 2020.


Congressman John Larson (D-CT) For 20 years, Rep. Lar- son has represented Con- necticut’s First District in


Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA)


Rep. Nunes, who was first elected to Congress in 2002, also is a major


advocate of ASCs on Capitol Hill. As the lead Republican sponsor of the ASC Quality and Access Act, Nunes stands alongside Larson as a critical ASC champion in the House. While his party lost majority control of Con- gress, Nunes is now the senior Repub- lican on the Ways and Means health subcommittee. Many legislative mea- sures related to the ASC space are first considered in the health subcom- mittee. Nunes holds a strong platform to promote ASC issues.


Congressman Greg Steube (R-FL) Rep.


Steube, newly


elected to Congress after serving in the military and


Florida legislature, is a major advocate for ASC issues. He was first elected to the Florida State House in 2010 and, in 2016, was elected to the state sen- ate. During his tenure as a Florida state senator, Steube introduced multiple pieces of legislation to amend Florida’s length-of-stay statute to allow 24-hour


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