U.S. Representative Jared Polis

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  • Letter strongly opposing the ‘domestic gag rule’
    Posted in Press Releases on May 15, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Alexander M. Azar II Secretary U.S. Department of Health & Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20201 Dear Secretary Azar, We would like to express our support of the Title X family planning program and our strong opposition to any plans to reinstate the “domestic gag rule,” which imposes restrictions on Title X providers and restricts access to affordable, quality, and lifesaving health care in communities across the country. As you know, Title X is the only federal gra... Read more

  • Polis asks FDA to lift public health warning on Kratom
    Posted in Press Releases on December 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., is calling for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to lift its public health warning on kratom, a natural alternative to opioids. Polis’s call comes as the Centers for Disease Control announced that the U.S. life expectancy fell for the second year in a row, citing the opioid epidemic as a significant contributing factor. Polis led a bipartisan letter with Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., to Commissioner Gottlieb which read, in part: “The beneficial potential, safety, an... Read more

  • Marijuana as an Alternative to Opioids
    Posted in Press Releases on December 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    The Honorable Eric D. Hargan Acting Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20201 Dear Mr. Secretary: As you know, our country is grappling with an opioid epidemic that is now taking 91 lives every single day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prescription opioids are involved in almost half of all fatal opioid overdoses. Prescription drugs have been a key factor in the rapid growth of this public health eme... Read more

  • Polis, Coffman launch bipartisan Integrative Health and Wellness Caucus, citing successes of integrative health treatments
    Posted in Press Releases on October 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Today, Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., and Mike Coffman, R-Colo., launched the Integrative Health and Wellness Congressional Caucus in the House of Representatives. The Caucus will serve as a non-partisan educational forum for legislators to receive up-to-date information from experts related to best practices and new research, and to discuss legislative and administrative opportunities for integrative health. “Integrative and complementary therapies and treatments are an effective choice for many pe... Read more

  • Polis statement on bipartisan healthcare plans
    Posted in Press Releases on August 31, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., gave the following statement in response to the healthcare plan unveiled by Governor Hickenlooper today. “I am pleased that Governor Hickenlooper and Governor Kasich are promoting a bipartisan healthcare plan. I believe bipartisanship is key to making any progress on healthcare. I am proud to be part of the Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan group of Members of Congress that have been working on ways we can improve the healthcare system. I’m thrilled to know that man... Read more

  • Polis joins 86 House Democrats, in Letter to Speaker, Urge Bipartisan Path to Improving Affordable Care Act
    Posted in Press Releases on July 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    WASHINGTON - Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., joined Peter Welch, D-Vt., Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., and 86 Democratic colleagues, today in sending a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan outlining a bipartisan path to improving the Affordable Care Act aimed at changes to the individual insurance market. Their letter to Ryan follows the unveiling on July 12th of a five-part plan to stabilize the individual insurance marketplace. Seven percent of Americans purchase health plans in the individual insurance ... Read more

  • Polis statement on health care victory
    Posted in Press Releases on March 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., gave the following statement after Republicans in the House of Representatives withdrew the Republican health care plan. “Power to the people! Today is about each and every person in my district who spoke up and said, ‘Not my health care, not today.’ Health care policy is high stakes. It’s life or death for many, and I am so very happy that political games didn’t win out over the health and wellbeing of Americans. We have work to do going forward, but with my community... Read more

  • Polis statement on President Trump’s FY2018 Budget Proposal
    Posted in Press Releases on March 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Economy, Health Care, Energy & Environment, Science & Technology, LGBT Equality & Civil Rights, Labor

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., released the following statement today after President Donald J. Trump released his fiscal year 2018 budget proposal that included massive cuts to essential domestic programs: "This is a carelessly crafted wrecking ball," Polis said. "The President's budget says less diplomacy, more bombs. He's saying less resources for underserved students, and more for private schools. He’s saying less funding for our world-renowned scientists, and more dollars for walls. He's saying... Read more

  • Granting Veterans Access to Medical Marijuana
    Posted in Press Releases on May 23, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Thursday, May 19: Washington, D.C. - Today the U.S. House of Representatives took historic action to provide veterans access to medical marijuana. By a bipartisan vote of 233-189, the House of Representatives approved an amendment to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill to remove a barrier that prohibited VA doctors from prescribing or even talking to patients about medical marijuana in states where medical marijuana is legal. The amendment was co-authored by Rep. J... Read more

  • House unanimously passes Polis’s bill to protect at-risk infants
    Posted in Press Releases on May 11, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Local Issues

    Wednesday, May 11: Washington, D.C. - The House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation today to protect substance-exposed infants. The Improving Safe Care for the Prevention of Infant Abuse and Neglect Act (H.R. 4843), co-authored by Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), requires the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) to review and confirm that states have policies to ensure that health care providers notify state child protective service agencies when a child is born with a drug... Read more

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