Adam McCoyAdam McCoyApril 30, 20175min329

Colorado will receive $7.8 million in federal grant money to help battle opioid abuse in the state, as part of a landmark medical research bill signed late last year. The 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law late last year, boosted funding for medical research and accelerated the development and approval process of medical treatments. The act promised some $1 billion in federal funding to help battle the opioid abuse epidemic across the country.


Diana DeGetteDiana DeGetteApril 11, 20176min525

Trumpcare was defeated and the Affordable Care Act saved from repeal last month thanks in large part to the American public. They spoke out passionately on behalf of the ACA in phone calls and emails to their members of Congress. They raised their voices at events like the community forum in Denver where 1,000 of my constituents showed up, the rally that I held where 500 people attended and the listening session where men and women of all ages told their stories about how the ACA has changed their lives for the better.


Jared WrightJared WrightDecember 13, 20164min1865

President Obama has just signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law. This landmark legislation makes significant investments in biomedical research. It will lead to new treatments for some of the most vexing medical challenges, including diseases that touch many Americans, such as Alzheimer’s and cancer. But without health insurance coverage, millions of people might not be able to access the new treatments that we worked so hard on a bipartisan basis to enable under Cures. No amount of ground-breaking discoveries will save people who can’t afford to pay for treatment.

Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsDecember 12, 201619min488

DENVER — A state representative going to jail during the holidays? For the first time in decades ... Oh my! Wasn't there something about this in the Book of Revelations? Goodness. Good morning, and happy Monday. We guess it's happy. But it's sort of just a cold Monday. Stop it, stop it. Positive thoughts! HAPPY MONDAY! And positive vibes sent to all of you out there fighting through traffic or through your massive inbox pile stacked to the roof from inside your dreadful little cubicles. Only 29 days until the first day of school ... we mean legislative session, class! Good grief, there we go with the negative vibes again. Sorry.


Tom RamstackTom RamstackDecember 12, 201610min366

A bill to greatly expand medical research and speed up drug approvals sailed through both the U.S. Senate and the House last week with strong support from Colorado’s delegation. The bill was co-authored by U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-CO1, with contributions from U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner. It passed in the House of Representatives by a 392-to-26 margin and in the Senate by a vote of 94 to 5.


Lynn BartelsLynn BartelsFebruary 12, 20165min833
Congresswoman Diana DeGette of Denver and journalist Tom Brokaw.
Congresswoman Diana DeGette of Denver and journalist Tom Brokaw.

Legendary newscaster Tom Brokaw shared the stage tonight in Washington D.C. with two lawmakers, Colorado’s Diana DeGette and Michigan’s Fred Upton, where they received Courage Awards for their efforts involving cancer.

Brokaw in 2013 with diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a treatable but incurable blood cancer.  He talks about his journey in his memoir “A Lucky Life, Interrupted,”which has raised awareness about cancer.

DeGette, a Denver Democrat, and Upton, a Republican and chairman of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce committee, have been universally praised for putting aside political pettiness to pass the 21st Century Cures Act, which boosts federal funding for medical research, and speeds up federal approval for many new drugs and medical devices. The Senate is now debating the measure.

The program Tracy’s Kids was lauded for its effort in helping young patients cope with the stress and pain of cancer through art therapy.  Brokaw said as he walked through the hospitals he would see bald-headed children and he yearned for them to enjoy the long life that he had.

“”What you do with Tracy’s Kids is give these families hope,” he said.

NBC newsman Tom Brokaw and U.S. Reps. Fred Upton and Diana DeGette received Courage Awards Wednesday night in Washington D.C.
Tom Brokaw and U.S. Reps. Fred Upton and Diana DeGette received Courage Awards Wednesday night in Washington D.C.


Brokaw talked about one grueling stage of his illness where he could barely walk to the corner to get a muffin and a coffee. At the end of the block was an advertisement featuring the quarterback of the New England Patriots in “all his Tom Bradyness,” Brokaw said.  Every once in a while, Brokaw said, he dropped an “F” bomb” at the ad.

“That was an important part of my therapy,” he said, to laughter.

DeGette got just as big a laugh when she mentioned Denver also has had to deal with Brady. The Denver Broncos on Sunday defeated the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 after first upending the New England Patriots on Jan. 14.

Brokaw described DeGette and Upton as the kind of people who come to Washington” to do good for people.” The pair received similar accolades last year last year when their measure passed.


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