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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

Mar 29, 2017 eNewsletters
Dear Friend, Last week, I, along with many of you, fought against the Republicans’ healthcare bill, which failed to live up to the President’s promise of “insurance for everybody.” I’m relieved it failed to even come up for a vote, as 24 million Americans were at risk of losing health coverage under the misguided legislation — while millions more would have seen skyrocketing costs.
Mar 29, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today joined a bipartisan group of colleagues in writing to the House Appropriations Committee, urging appropriators to fund the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) to address the opiate and heroin addiction crisis.
Mar 24, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) applauded the failure of the Republicans’ healthcare bill, which never lived up to the President’s promise that everyone would have health insurance coverage. In fact, 24 million people would have lost their healthcare if the bill became law.
Mar 21, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Suzan DelBene, Diana DeGette, Louise Slaughter, Jan Schakowsky, Barbara Lee, Judy Chu, Jerrold Nadler and Katherine Clark today blasted Republicans’ latest changes to their disastrous healthcare repeal bill, which threatens the health and well-being of women and families. Under the latest version of the Republican bill, states would be allowed to kick new mothers off Medicaid if they can’t find work within 60 days of giving birth.
Mar 16, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today opposed the Republican health bill that strips healthcare from 24 million Americans and forces working families to shoulder thousands of dollars more in out-of-pocket costs each year.
Mar 13, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today released the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scored Republican’s healthcare repeal bill:
Mar 9, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) joined colleagues in writing to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) urging them to look into improving access to genetic testing and patient outcomes through precision medicine.
Mar 9, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today opposed the Republican health bill that increases out-of-pocket costs for middle-class families and strips healthcare from tens of millions who received coverage through the Affordable Care Act.
Mar 6, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today released the following statement on the Republican’s bill, which strips healthcare from tens of millions who received coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and increases out-of-pocket costs for middle-class families:
Mar 3, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today cosponsored the Women’s Health Protection Act (H.R. 1322), a bill that aims to prevent state restrictions from threatening women’s access to reproductive healthcare.

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