E- Newsletter: Update from Rep. Pallone
I wanted to take a moment to update you on several initiatives I’ve been working on.
When I travel throughout New Jersey, I hear constantly about the opioid epidemic that is devastating our communities. That’s why I was encouraged to see my SCREEN Act pass the Energy and Commerce Committee and move a step closer to becoming law. The SCREEN Act will take a number of important steps to increase funding to combat illicit opioid importation. It will also expand the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authority to prevent illegally manufactured opioids, including heroin and fentanyl, from arriving overseas through the mail.
Congressman Pallone touring the International Mail Facility in Secaucus, NJ.
Another challenge facing New Jersey families is the affordability of long-term care for loved ones who are elderly or disabled. A senior will spend an average of $140,000 in out-of-pocket costs on long-term care and more than 15 percent of seniors will incur costs in excess of $250,000. This is simply unacceptable for working families. That’s why in Edison, NJ, I unveiled a new proposal that would establish a public benefit within Medicare to provide long-term care services and supports, designed for everyone regardless of income or where they live. You can learn more about my draft legislation here.
Recently, at Rutgers University, my office held its annual Spring Awards Ceremony where we honored winners of the Congressional Art Competition, the Congressional Award, and recognized the 29 students I nominated this year for U.S. Service academies. Whether it’s talent in the arts or a willingness to serve, these students are truly inspiring and it is an honor to represent them.
Congressman Pallone with some of the 29 students he nominated for U.S. Service Academies
This is just an abbreviated summary of my recent actions as your representative. You can contact my offices, visit my website, and follow my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts to get updates on my work. You can also view my event map to see where I’ve traveled in New Jersey this year.
Congressman Frank Pallone