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Congresswoman Suzan DelBene

Representing the 1st District of Washington



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

May 24, 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:
May 18, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Reps. Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Judy Chu (CA-27), Diana DeGette (CO-01), Louise Slaughter (NY-25), Barbara Lee (CA-13) and Jackie Speier (CA-14) sent a letter to Ivanka Trump inviting her to a meeting on women’s health issues, including access to affordable contraception.
May 4, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) strongly opposed the Republicans’ attempt to gut the American healthcare system. Their bill, which passed on a partisan 217-213 vote, would cause 24 million people to lose their healthcare if it becomes law. At the last minute, Republicans also added an amendment to eliminate protections for millions of Americans with pre-existing medical conditions.
May 3, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today issued the following statement after supporting the omnibus appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2017, which passed the House of Representatives on a 309-118 vote:
Apr 25, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today helped reintroduce the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act, which would ban the harmful practice of so-called “conversion therapy.” “There is no scientific basis or evidence for these so-called ‘conversion therapies,’” DelBene said. “Americans who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender don’t need a ‘cure,’ they need equality. This legislation is an important step toward protecting the LGBT community and their families from the fraudulent promises of conversion.”
Apr 7, 2017 In The News
As Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives hem and haw over when and how to make a second attempt at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, President Trump has an opportunity to work with Democrats to keep one of his campaign promises and claim a major victory: protecting Social Security.
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 24, 2017 In The News
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