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

Health Care

    Rep. Crawford responds to the approval of CVS and Aetna merger

    Washington, DC– The U.S. Department of Justice announcedon October 10ththe approval of the merger between CVS and Aetna with the condition that Aetna sell of its Medicare prescription drug plans. This merger has been under review by the DOJ for several months to ensure no violation of antitrust laws. Rep. Rick Crawford has long been an advocate for the blocking of this merger and wrote a letterto Attorney General Jeff Sessions in March requesting that the merger be thoroughly investigated. Upon ...

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    Ratcliff clinic awarded $285,000 for substance abuse, mental health treatment

    Ratcliff clinic awarded $285,000 for substance abuse, mental health treatment Published by: Booneville Democrat U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton along with U.S. Representatives Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman announced last week Arkansas is the recipient of nearly $3 million for Community Health Centers to advance substance abuse and mental health treatment. The funds are awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through its Expanding Acces...

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    Arkansas Community Health Centers Awarded Nearly $3 Million to Combat Opioid Addiction

    Washington, DC –U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton along with U.S. Representatives Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman announced that Arkansas is the recipient of nearly $3 million for Community Health Centers to advance substance abuse and mental health treatment. The funds are awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through its Expanding Access to Quality Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services program. “Community Health Centers hav...

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    Arkansas centers receive nearly $3 million to fight opioid addiction

    Arkansas centers receive nearly $3 million to fight opioid addiction Published by: The Pine Bluff Commercial The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded nearly $3 million for Arkansas community health centers to combat the opioid epidemic. Recipients include a Pine Bluff program, according to a news release. Funds are from the Health and Human Services’ Expanding Access to Quality Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services program. U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton, alon...

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    Fayetteville VA Medical Center Pathologist Fired, Nearly 20,000 Local Veterans At Risk

    Fayetteville VA Medical Center Pathologist Fired, Nearly 20,000 Local Veterans At Risk Written by: Melissa Jones Published by: 5News FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- Officials with the VA Medical Center in Fayetteville and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced an investigation Monday after a pathologist was found to be "impaired" and misdiagnosed patients, resulting in at least one death. Dr. Skye McDougall, the Network Director and CEO of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, began the ann...

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    Crawford Supportive of President Trump’s Plan to Lower Costs of Prescription Drugs

    Washington, DC- Earlier today, President Trump announced his plan to help lower the cost of prescription meds. President Trump’s plan points to different laws that prevent transparency, innovation, and market competition. Representative Crawford wrote a letter in March outlining similar concerns with the lack of competition in the prescription drug market as well as middlemen driving up prescription drug costs. "Drug prices are a huge challenge for those living in rural America, including Arkans...

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    Why DOJ must block the Cigna-Express Scripts merger

    Why DOJ must block the Cigna-Express Scripts merger Written by: David Balto Published by: The Hill If one message is becoming clear, it’s that increased concentration is harming consumers and leading to less competition, decreased choice and higher cost. The need for corporations to compete is dampened when markets are dominated by a small number of firms. Worse, when consumers don’t have the ability to discipline markets there is a lack of transparency or accountability. Nowhere is that more tr...

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    Congressman asks regulators to slow CVS/Aetna merger

    Congressman asks regulators to slow CVS/Aetna merger Written by: Benjamin Hardy Published by: Courier News LITTLE ROCK — On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford (AR-1) sent letters to federal regulators stating his “grave concern” over the proposed acquisition of Aetna, Inc., one of the nation’s largest insurance companies, by CVS Health, a Rhode Island-based health care conglomerate that has been at the center of a political showdown in Arkansas. The congressman wrote that CVS Caremark — a subsidi...

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    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...

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    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...

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