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As a leader on the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health – the committee in Congress responsible for writing the majority of our nation’s health care laws – I have worked with my colleagues to provide patients with the best possible health care system, encourage medical innovation and advanced research, support our medical practitioners, and create better pathways for new cures to find their way to patients.

I believe the best health care is provided when doctors and patients decide on a health care plan, not when a government bureaucrat in Washington sets care standards. That is why I have worked tirelessly to deliver a better health care system for you.

We have the highest quality health care in the world, but our health care – from insurance to prescription drugs – costs way too much. That’s why I’ve spent so much time and effort working on and finding solutions for you and your family to make health care more affordable in part by bringing down your prescription drug costs and out-of-pocket expenses. I am working with my colleagues every day to find bipartisan solutions that will bring down the cost of health care.

This Congress, I have championed legislation to:

  • Lower drug costs at the pharmacy counter;
  • Encourage the development of treatments and cures for rare pediatric diseases and cancers;
  • Improve and expand newborn screening panels to focus on rare diseases;
  • Protect pre-existing conditions;
  • Reauthorize our public health programs in a fiscally responsible way;
  • Improve Alzheimer’s care and research;
  • Repeal onerous health care taxes that drive up costs;
  • Encourage more active households through tax credits;

In the 114th Congress, an Energy and Commerce led health initiative called the 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law. This innovative and bipartisan package of health care legislation advances the discovery, development, and delivery of life-saving treatments and cures. It is an excellent example of what can happen when Republicans and Democrats come together for a common goal.

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April 20, 2021 In The News

We know there are certain controllable factors that affect our risk of developing cancer. Whether you smoke, what you eat and drink, and how often you exercise can all play a role.

We are also aware that some factors are out of our control, like family history of the disease. What most people do not know, however, is that our ZIP code has an effect on how we experience cancer.

March 17, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Reps. Terri Sewell (AL-07), Jodey Arrington (TX-19), Raul Ruiz (CA-36), and Richard Hudson (NC-08) have introduced the Medicare Multi-Cancer Early Detection Screening Coverage Act, legislation to ensure timely Medicare coverage of groundbreaking early cancer detection tests for our nation’s seniors.  The bipartisan legislation promotes emerging advances in our nation’s fight against cancer by ensuring Medicare coverage for new, innovative tests that detect multiple types of cancer before symptoms develop.  

December 3, 2020 Press Release
U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) joined U.S. Reps. Terri Sewell (AL-07), Jodey Arrington (TX-19) and Raul Ruiz (CA-36) today to introduce H.R. 8845, the Multi-Cancer Early Detection Screening Coverage Act, legislation to ensure timely Medicare coverage of groundbreaking early cancer detection tests for our nation’s seniors.
November 30, 2020 Press Release
(FOX 46 CHARLOTTE)– Bipartisan anger on Capitol Hill continues to grow as military families, whose loved ones were injured or killed due to medical malpractice, are left in limbo. In a letter to Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller, Fort Bragg Congressman Richard Hudson (R-Concord) calls the Defense Department's delay in processing medical malpractice claims "unacceptable."
October 30, 2020 Press Release
U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) has introduced H.R. 14, the Commitment to Defeat the Virus and Keep America Healthy Act. The strategic and targeted COVID-19 relief bill includes provisions under the jurisdiction of the House Committees on Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Appropriations.
October 14, 2020 Press Release
U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) has introduced the Improving the American Drug Supply Chain Act, a bipartisan bill to study the drug supply chain and identify obstacles to domestic manufacturing and potential incentives to bring more manufacturing back to the United States.
September 28, 2020 Press Release
U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), author of legislation to improve the disposal of opioids, hosted White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Jim Carroll today in Kannapolis to discuss efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.
September 22, 2020 Press Release
U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) announced that he has helped secure a waiver to ensure special needs students can use respite hours and access caregiving services during remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
August 25, 2020 Press Release
At the invitation of U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler was in Fayetteville today to discuss updates on addressing PFAS chemicals. At a bipartisan roundtable, Rep. Hudson urged the EPA to complete a final toxicity assessment of GenX and discussed his most recent efforts to combat PFAS chemicals, including GenX, through two amendments he secured in the latest appropriations bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives to study the relationship between PFAS exposure and COVID-19, and provide $2.4 million for the EPA to develop regulations to control discharge of PFAS in surface waters. This was the second time Rep. Hudson has hosted the EPA in Fayetteville to discuss PFAS.
August 25, 2020 In The News

Residents who live near the Chemours plant south of Fayetteville that has been discharging a potential carcinogen into the water supply for years could know by mid-winter of the possible health threat, officials said Tuesday.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency is conducting a scientific study to evaluate the “toxicity” of the GenX compound that has been emitted for years from the Chemours plant, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler told officials at a roundtable discussion in Fayetteville on Tuesday.