Finding Common Ground in Health Policy

July 11, 2018

Something we never lose sight of is that health policy affects real people – families, neighbors and friends. It’s a message we continually deliver to lawmakers and highlighted in recent visits with U.S. Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) at our offices in Spokane and Portland.

Cambia’s headquarters in Portland falls within Congressman Blumenauer’s district. During his visit, he talked with employees about our shared commitment to palliative care and accelerating innovative solutions to address our most complex health challenges.

During a trip to her home district, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers stopped by our office in Spokane, where Asuris Northwest Health is located, part of our family of regional health plans. The discussion ranged from building stability in the health insurance marketplace to empowering consumers with increased access to data. And as the 200th woman elected to Congress – out of more than 10,000 people who have served – she also talked about women in leadership and her efforts to encourage more women to run for office. 

Lawmakers Driven to Make Health Care Better

While Blumenauer and McMorris represent different ends of the political spectrum, they have a history of working together to make health care better. For example, they co-chair the Congressional Neuroscience Caucus to raise awareness for the millions of Americans dealing with neurological disorders or mental illnesses. More recently, both voted to pass bipartisan legislation to address the opioid epidemic.

“Relationships matter,” said McMorris Rodgers. “We can’t solve problems if we can’t even talk to each other.”

Cambia remains committed to working with lawmakers from all backgrounds to advance solutions for a better health care system for people and their families.