Everyone should have access to quality, affordable healthcare, including preventative services, regardless of their economic background or medical history. While I was not in Congress when it became law, I support the goals of the Affordable Care Act and will work to strengthen and improve it. I also believe that robust funding of research programs at the National Institutes of Health and other agencies is key to improving outcomes for patients and reducing costs in our health care system.
What I am Doing for You
I voted numerous times against bills which would take health care away from millions of Americans by repealing all or part of the Affordable Care Act.
I sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services requesting specific changes to improve the website: healthcare.gov.
I cosponsored H.R. 5051, the Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014, which would prevent corporate employers from using religious beliefs to deny employees coverage of contraception or any other vital health service required by federal law and keep in place existing exemption for religious employers (e.g., houses of worship) and accommodation of religious non-profits. This bill is the legislative response to the Supreme Court decision in Hobby Lobby.
I cosponsored H.R. 1286, the Healthy Families Act, which would allow workers to earn up to seven paid sick days per year to recover from short-term illness, care for a sick family member, seek routine medical care, or seek assistance related to domestic violence.
I cosponsored H.R. 3577, the Health Savings through Technology Act, which would create a commission to inventory existing data, examine the cost-savings that can be achieved by increasing wireless health information technologies, and develop a strategy for the integration of these technologies into federal healthcare programs.
I cosponsored H.R. 1180, the Physician Shortage Reduction Act, which would increase the amount of residency slots in hospitals nationally.