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Congresswoman Suzan DelBene

Representing the 1st District of Washington

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We must strengthen our nation’s health care system by incentivizing high-quality patient care, reducing costs for small businesses, and expanding access for our most vulnerable populations. We need to continue working to control the rising cost of health care for Washington’s families by supporting preventive health services and promoting greater efficiencies in health care delivery. We also need to increase our nation’s investment in medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal agencies in order to maintain America’s role as a global leader in ground-breaking discoveries and accelerate the speed with which new cures, treatments, and vaccines are developed.

I am committed to ensuring that all Americans have access to affordable, quality health care. The Affordable Care Act was an important first step and many of its reforms are already helping to improve the quality of coverage and expand access to medical services for millions of individuals. I am pleased that insurance companies are now prohibited from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, and that young adults can now stay on their parents’ health plans until they turn 26. However, the law is not perfect and I strongly support making responsible reforms to improve the ACA and address any problems that have arisen with its implementation.

For example, the small business tax credit created under the ACA needs improvement to better serve small businesses. That’s why I introduced commonsense legislation in Congress to simplify and expand the tax credit, which will help entrepreneurs and workers nationwide. In addition, I helped introduce legislation to fix the so-called “family glitch” in the ACA to ensure middle-class families are able to afford health insurance for their kids, and I am working to eliminate the law’s burdensome excise tax on medical device manufacturers, which has an impact on local jobs and vital innovation.

I also firmly believe that medical decisions should be made between a patient and their doctor — not by politicians or employers. Continuing attacks in Congress on women’s health care are unacceptable, and I will always be an ongoing proponent for access to contraception and reproductive health services.

More on Health

Feb 21, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today joined more than 70 colleagues in asking Kaléo Pharmaceuticals to explain their recent price increase of Evzio, a naloxone auto-injector that helps reduce opioid overdose deaths.
Feb 16, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today spoke in opposition to Republicans’ latest effort to reduce access to basic healthcare and family planning services, particularly in rural areas. Unfortunately, the House passed legislation allowing states to block reproductive healthcare providers from participating in the Title X family planning program.
Jan 30, 2017 In The News
A bill permanently barring federal funds for abortion coverage is headed to the U.S. Senate. The House approved the legislation Tuesday. Democrats Suzan DelBene and Rick Larsen represent Whatcom County in congress – they testified against the bill. “Millions of women marched across the country to send a clear signal to Congress and President Trump. Hear our voices and protect our rights,” DelBene says. Click here to read the whole story.
Jan 25, 2017 In The News
WASHINGTON — It was during the House special investigation into stem cell research that Democratic Rep. Suzan DelBene had had enough. Still in her second term at the time of the September hearing, the Washington state congresswoman was mercilessly excoriating her Republican colleagues’ decision to investigate fetal tissue science, an effort she saw as a shameful attempt to harass those engaged in medical research. “As someone who started her career in biomedical research, I’m deeply disappointed to see the impact this panel is already having,” she said.
Jan 25, 2017 In The News
Just days after millions of people around the nation marched for women’s rights, the House of Representatives passed an amendment on Tuesday preventing the use of taxpayer money for abortions. Despite Representative Suzan DelBene pleading her case before congress, H.R. 7 will become permanent after the House voted along party lines 238 to 183. The bill prohibits federal agencies from using funds for abortion services except in instances of rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is in danger.
Jan 24, 2017 In The News
Congresswoman Suzan DelBene of Washington's 1st Congressional District spoke on the House floor today voicing opposition to legislation that would create sweeping restrictions on reproductive health services for women across the country. The vote on H.R. 7 comes the same week as the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and just days after millions of women and men marched to tell lawmakers to protect and respect women’s rights.
Jan 24, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today delivered the following remarks on the House floor, voicing her opposition to legislation that would create sweeping restrictions on reproductive health services for women across the country. The vote on H.R. 7 comes the same week as the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and just days after millions marched to tell lawmakers to protect and respect women’s rights. DelBene’s speech, as prepared for delivery, is below:
Jan 19, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today joined other members of the House Pro-Choice Caucus (PCC) in urging President-elect Donald Trump not to pursue policies that would be harmful to women’s health.
Jan 17, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today released the following statement after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a report highlighting how repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would increase the number of Americans without health insurance by 32 million and double health insurance premiums over 10 years:
Jan 14, 2017 Press Release
SEATTLE - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Pramila Jayapal (WA-08) were joined by women’s health advocates at Planned Parenthood in Seattle to address the consequences for women’s health if Republicans dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and defund Planned Parenthood. They were also joined by a patient, who spoke about the importance of several provisions in the ACA that helped her with family planning and returning to work as a new mother.

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