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Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro

Representing the 3rd District of Connecticut

Health Care

Rosa is determined to make health care more affordable for all Americans and is a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act. As the senior Democrat on the subcommittee responsible for funding the Department of Health and Human Services, Rosa seeks to ensure strong funding levels for programs that help improve access to quality, affordable health care.

The Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act has helped millions of Americans access more affordable health care, while reducing long-term health care costs. Insurance companies will now be held accountable – it is no longer acceptable to deny care and coverage for pre-existing conditions, impose lifetime coverage limits, or enact excessive premium increases. Recommended preventive care services – things like mammograms, colonoscopies, and cholesterol and diabetes screenings – are covered by insurance with no out-of-pocket costs. These services and the other changes because of the new law have the potential to save lives, and to transform our health care system.

Biomedical Research

A 30-year survivor of ovarian cancer, Rosa is a leading advocate for funding biomedical research, including studies supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  She works with colleagues to raise awareness of the need to invest in this work to save lives.  This research is also critical to job growth, as every $1 invested in the NIH has been found to result in an additional $2 of business activity. This includes research supported by the NIH, surveillance supported by the CDC, grants that support graduate and professional school education, and numerous other critical programs.

Women’s Health

Rosa worked to reauthorize Johanna’s Law, ensuring women and their health care providers have access to information about gynecologic cancers, enabling earlier detection of these cancers in an effort to save lives. She introduced the Birth Defects Prevention, Risk Reduction, and Awareness Act to ensure that women and their health care providers have information about the potential impacts of medications, chemicals, foodborne illness, and other exposures to themselves and their infants. Rosa also introduced the Breast Density and Mammography Reporting Act which would ensure that women and their health care providers have access to the information about an individuals’ breast density to make informed health care decisions. She also continues to advocate for passage of the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act, a bill that would ensure that decisions about a woman’s hospital stay are made by the woman and her health care provider, not an insurance company.

More on Health Care

December 10, 2019 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) testified at the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health’s hearing on "Proposals to Achieve Universal Health Care Coverage" to promote Medicare for America, legislation introduced by herself and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) to ensure universal, affordable, high-quality healthcare coverage.
November 26, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement recognizing National Family Caregivers Month.
November 25, 2019 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), Congressman John Larson (CT-01), Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02), Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04), and Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (CT-05) sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) urging them to rescind a $450,000 “non-reporting” penalty imposed on Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford. Gaylord Hospital has provided patients throughout the state of Connecticut with high-quality care for more than one hundred years.
September 30, 2019 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Congressman John Larson (CT-01), Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02), Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04), and Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (CT-05) sent a letter to Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield President Jill Hummel asking for answers to why Anthem terminated so many providers in their Medicare Advantage Network.
August 21, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement in response to the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services announcement of a new set of regulations for detaining migrant children, replacing current standards of care under the Flores Agreement.
August 16, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released a statement on importance of vaccinations during National Immunization Awareness Month.
August 9, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement in recognition of National Health Center Week, which celebrates our nation’s over 1,400 Community Health Centers and the more than 29 million Americans they serve.
August 6, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s proposed rollback of the Health Care Rights Law.
August 5, 2019 Press Release
Today, Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar and DHS Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan requesting answers on how the agencies are dealing with the risk of infectious diseases.