Health Care

Omaha VA explores partnership for new care facility, including possibly UNMC's Project NExT

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It’s been less than a year since the Omaha VA opened a new outpatient care facility to serve the region’s veterans, built through a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership with Omaha philanthropists. Now the Omaha VA is exploring another public-private partnership to improve inpatient hospital and surgical facilities for veterans — with one possibility discussed being to include such a facil...

Midlands Voices: Yes, Congress can move past politics to work together

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Here is an example of how working together regardless of partisan politics serves Nebraska and was crucial to passing legislation important to Omaha and Nebraska. [...] We took the bipartisan Nebraska way to Congress and our community now has a new VA facility. Henry Cordes of The World-Herald recently reported that Rep. Don Bacon and Sen. Fischer have introduced a reauthorization of our CHIP-IN f...

In concussion debate, don’t forget toll on first-responders

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Concussions and other injuries sustained by law enforcement at the Capitol on Jan. 6 garnered national headlines. While much of the national dialog surrounding concussions over the past decade has focused on athletes, concussions, also known as mild traumatic brain injuries or mTBI, are a daily hazard faced by first-responders across the country. Although specific data on the annual number of conc...

UNMC Picked for All-Hazards Response Facility Pilot Program

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In a win for the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s ongoing Project NExT, Omaha has been selected as a pilot site to develop a federal all-hazards response facility. The Nebraska congressional delegation announced last week that UNMC and Nebraska Medicine was selected as one of five sites in the U.S. to pilot their surge capacity response program. The other sites are Washington, D.C.; San Ant...

UNMC/Nebraska Medicine Selected as A Federal Partner Site for All-Hazard Medical Response Program

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Omaha, Neb. — The Nebraska congressional delegation today welcomed notice of the selection of Omaha, home to the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and Nebraska Medicine, as a key pilot site designated to develop a federal program that will improve the nation’s ability to respond to future catastrophic events such as pandemics, natural disasters, or a direct attack on the homeland. Rep....

Bacon, Spanberger Reintroduce Michael Lecik Military Firefighters Protection Act to Recognize Long-Term Risks of Military Firefighting, Strengthen VA Benefits for Veteran Firefighters

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Reps. Don Bacon (R-NE-02) and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07) introduced l the Michael Lecik Military Firefighters Protection Act, which provides veteran firefighters with the fair compensation, healthcare, and retirement benefits they’ve earned through their service. The bipartisan legislation is named after Powhatan County, Virginia resident Michael Lecik, a former U.S. Air Force...

GOP Problem-Solver On Legislation He Thinks Will Unite Lawmakers

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GOP Problem-Solver On Legislation He Thinks Will Unite Lawmakers NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus, about what legislation he thinks lawmakers will come together across the aisle for and pass quickly.

Editorial: Small-business recovery is a vital need for Nebraska

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Congressional negotiators have finally reached agreement on a new round of aid to households and businesses hit hard by the COVID crisis. That badly needed assistance, totaling $900 billion, can address a host of needs across the nation and in the Midlands. In Nebraska, one of the most crucial is helping small businesses get through the next few months. [...] This downturn raises major concern fo...


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Omaha, Neb. – During his time in Congress, Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) has seen 10 of the bills he has introduced pass: six through the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA); two through report language; one through the CARES Act; and one stand-alone bill. 1. H.R.5553 — 115th Congress (2017-208) Loya-Sears Warrior Transition Assistance Reform Act of 2018 was amended and incorporated as Secti...