We have made great progress in making healthcare a right and not a privilege in this nation. One year after the passage of Health Reform Patient's Bill of Rights, more Americans are covered by health insurance, people are receiving better care and better value and Medicare is helping Seniors pay for their prescription drugs. Thanks to these provisions:
- Nearly one million young adults now obtain coverage on their parents' insurance plans,
- Insurance companies can no longer drop someone’s coverage when they get sick,
- Kids cannot be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition,
- Insurers can no longer put lifetime or annual limits on coverage and
- Seniors are paying less for prescription drugs when they fall into the Medicare prescription drug donut hole.
The Affordable Care Act is working. I will continue to fight against Republican efforts to repeal the law. Along with my fellow Democrats, I'll fight to ensure the law is protected and fully implemented.
I am also fighting to ensure that Medicare and Medicaid remain strong for our seniors, disabled and poor brothers and sisters. We face significant challenges in the weeks and months ahead, but we cannot break that commitment of healthcare for the most vulnerable among us and I will not allow our budget to be balanced on the backs of people who can least afford it. I am working with my colleagues to ensure that these programs are stronger and more efficient and to strengthen TRICARE for our brave men and women in uniform. I am committed to ensuring that physicians who serve Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE patients are reimbursed fairly.
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Representative John Lewis’ (GA)
Opening Comment for the
Ways and Means Full Committee Hearing on
The Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color
May 27, 2020
Good Afternoon. Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding this important and timely hearing.
WASHINGTON— Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule rolling back Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. This section, also known as the Health Care Rights Law, protects women, LGBTQ+ people, those with limited English proficiency, and individuals with disabilities from discrimination in health care and insurance coverage. Upon reviewing the rule, Congressman Lewis made the following statement:
WASHINGTON — In response to the recent outbreak of COVID-19 in South Fulton County, Representative John Lewis made the following statement:
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Representative John Lewis (GA) introduced H.R. 5806, the HIV Epidemic Loan-Repayment Program (HELP) Act. This legislation would support existing health care professionals and encourage those who aspire to support those living with HIV/AIDS.
“The court’s decision in Texas v. United States was purely political, and it has been rejected by legislators and commentators on both sides of the health care debate. It changes nothing for now and many believe it will certainly be will appealed. I cannot imagine the rollercoaster many families and patients are on who had finally gained health care for their children and those with chronic illnesses through the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, only to have partisan attack dogs try to dismantle it.
WASHINGTON — In recognizing December 1st as World AIDS Day, Representative John Lewis made the following statement:
“We have made tremendous progress in the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS, and we have come too far to turn back now.
On December 19 and 20, 2017, Congressional Republicans passed H.R. 1, their bill to cut taxes for the richest Americans and for corporations on the backs of working and middle-class families, students, and seniors.
This plan, first introduced in the House on November 2, affects every American, every taxpayer in current and future generations. In response to constituent concerns about this bill's impact, the below pages track every aspect of the bill's movement in the House and Senate.