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.
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I have 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 introduced H.R. 5062, the Advancing Access to Precision Medicine Act. This bipartisan bill would direct the Department of Health and Human Services to enter into an agreement with the National Academy of Medicine to develop recommendations on how the federal government may reduce barriers to the utilization of genetic and genomic testing, which would allow for better delivery of precision medicine - the customization of healthcare, with medical decisions, treatments, practices, or products tailored to the individual patient.
I'm an original cosponsor of H.R. 1516, the Healthy Families Act, which would let workers 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 this as H.R. 932 in the 114th Congress.)
I'm a cosponsor of H.R. 676, the Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act, to establish a privately-delivered, publicly-financed single-payer universal health care system, in which physicians and non-profit health care providers would be in charge of medical decisions — not insurance companies.
I'm a cosponsor of H.R. 3325, the Advancing Care for Exceptional (ACE) Kids Act. This bipartisan bill would allow for the creation of nationally designated children’s hospital networks to serve children with medically complex conditions and let them travel across state lines to receive care. (I cosponsored this as H.R. 546 in the 114th Congress.)
I'm a cosponsor of H.R. 820, the Childhood Cancer STAR Act, a bipartisan bill which would promote research on and promote delivery of pediatric cancer treatment. (I cosponsored this as H.R. 3381 in the 114th Congress.)
I'm a cosponsor of H.R. 4256, the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act, a bipartisan bill which would create an Alzheimer’s public health infrastructure across the country to advance early detection and diagnosis, reduce risk, and prevent avoidable hospitalizations. It also would increase implementation of the Healthy Brain Initiative's Public Health Road Map nationwide by establishing Alzheimer’s centers of excellence, providing cooperative agreements to public health departments, and increasing data collection, analysis and timely reporting.
Rep. Swalwell visits the Stanford Genome Technology Center, where Dr. Ron Davis and his researchers are seeking treatments and a cure for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, August 2016.
In the 114th Congress:
I cosponsored H.R. 1559, the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act, a bipartisan bill to improve outcomes for Alzheimer’s patients by providing Medicare coverage for planning sessions that would raise awareness of the available resources for newly diagnosed patients and their families.
I helped lead a bipartisan effort to urge the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help improve access to clinical trials for cancer treatments
I sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services requesting specific changes to improve the healthcare.gov website.
In the 113th Congress:
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. 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.
Rep. Swalwell at the Axis Community Health groundbreaking in Pleasanton, October 2014.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15), the founder and chairman of Future Forum, and other members of that group on Thursday unveiled a policy paper entitled “Cures in Our Lifetime” – a plan for harnessing technology, funding and innovation to save American lives.
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15) on Thursday introduced the bipartisan Advancing Access to Precision Medicine Act, to push forward use of genetic and genomic testing to improve and save lives.
The bill’s original cosponsors are Rep. John Shimkus (IL-15), Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52), Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03), and Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51).
Congressman Eric Swalwell hosted a town hall meeting last Saturday at Granada High School in Livermore.
He began the session with a touch of humor, noting that upon the birth of his son, "We got the cutest baby monitor from the Russian Ambassador."