Rick Crawford Representing Arkansas' First District
U.S. Congressman Rick Crawford Representing Arkansas' First District

Health Care

    Citing PBM Concerns, Crawford Urges Review of CVS/Aetna Merger

    Washington – Earlier today, Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-1) sent letters to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Acting Chairwoman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission Maureen Ohlhausen expressing “grave concern” over the proposed acquisition of Aetna Inc. by CVS Health. In the letter, Crawford writes “[CVS Caremark] has already run amok in my state by severely undercutting reimbursements to pharmacists…CVS Caremark and another PBM operating in the state paid community pharmacies on average betwe...


    Crawford Approves of Work Requirements for Arkansas's Medicaid Program

    Washington, D.C. – Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and John Boozman (R-Arkansas), and Congressmen Rick Crawford (AR-01), French Hill (AR-02), Steve Womack (AR-03), and Bruce Westerman (AR-04) today released the following statement applauding CMS’s approval of work requirements for Arkansas’s Medicaid program: “Encouraging people who can work to find employment is a common-sense policy with a track record of success. It not only focuses Medicaid dollars on those who need it most; it also helps p...


    Crawford Supports State Efforts to Solve PBM Issue for Community Pharmacists

    Jonesboro, AR – Earlier today Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-1) met with several 1st District community pharmacists with stores in Sharp, Craighead, Crittenden, Mississippi, Poinsett, and Lawrence counties to discuss problems relating to reimbursement rates from pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). Following the meeting’s conclusion, Congressman Rick Crawford released the following statement: “Our local pharmacies have endured many unnecessary burdens due to the practices at CVS/Caremark as a PBM. A...


    Crawford Introduces Bill to Help Rural Communities Fight Addiction Epidemic

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-01) announced today the introduction of the Addiction Recovery for Rural Communities (ARRC) Act, a bipartisan bill that will help rural communities bolster their efforts to fight the opioid and addiction epidemic. Congressman Crawford joined Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Roger Marshall (KS-01) and Dwight Evans (PA-02) in introducing the legislation in the House of Representatives. Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Luther Strange (R-AL) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) also i...


    Crawford Votes in Favor of H.R. 7

    Washington D.C. - Representative Rick Crawford (AR-1) released the statement below after voting YES on H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, to restrict taxpayer dollars from funding abortions. "Arkansans don't want their money to be used for a practice that they find morally abhorrent, and I'm one of those Arkansans. I voted for H.R. 7 today because the federal government shouldn't use public money to pay for an action that a large percentage of the public doesn't support. To do so ...


    Crawford Statement on Passage of Keep Your Health Plan Act

    Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-1) released the following statement as the House of Representatives today passed H.R. 3350, the Keep Your Health Plan Act: “As the picture of the ObamaCare law comes into clearer focus, the American people are being faced with a series of choices. The President promised with the passage of the law that the American people would be granted affordable care and greater coverage – yet now we see families are losing their coverage and paying more to get it back. Soon, th...


    ObamaCare Hurting Arkansas Families

    As the Representative for Arkansas’ First District, I have taken great pains to engage with families during the disastrous rollout of ObamaCare, to hear their concerns and problems with the law, and above all, to listen. The stories I have heard of cancelled policies, exploding premiums, and inflexible insurance plans anger and sadden me. Earlier this month, my office was contacted by one mother and wife living in Northeast Arkansas whose family will experience great hardship as a direct result ...


    Crawford Statement on Purple Heart Day

    “Today we honor those who have put their lives at risk to defend our nation, and have given of their personal health to preserve our freedoms. America’s warriors, who serve in every corner of the globe, represent the best among us. I thank our veterans for their service and will continue to do everything in my power to ensure that those who have given so much are well taken care of upon returning home.” ### Purple Heart Day, observed every year on August 7, is the date on which then-General Geor...


    Crawford Statement on Chinese Import Ban on Arkansas Chicken

    Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR) issued the following statement after China’s decision to cease importation of Arkansas poultry products following an isolated incident of avian flu: “Those of us in Arkansas who have enjoyed the nutritious, tasty, and perfectly safe poultry products produced in our state for generations can attest to the high quality of Arkansas chicken. One isolated incident, dealt with according to regulations and without any further evidence of illness, should not preclude our...


    Crawford Statement on Baptist Health Efficiency Announcement

    Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR) issued the following statement after Baptist Health, one of the largest Arkansas-owned health providers in the state, announced that it would eliminate approximately 170 positions across its organization, representing roughly 2.5% of its total workforce: “ObamaCare’s approach is already beginning to have a negative effect on job creation and growth across Arkansas. With Baptist Health’s announcement, they have reaffirmed what I have long argued – this law is deep...

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