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 sent a letter asking the Department of Health and Human Services for clarification on domestic violence screening as a preventative service.
I cosponsored H.R. 728, the Access to Birth Control (ABC) Act, which would prevent pharmacists from refusing to fill a prescription for birth control and require pharmacies to help a woman obtain medication by her preferred method if the requested product is not in stock.
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.
Information updated: July 2013