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.
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.
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.
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I rise to speak about the Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations Bill for the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies.
To start, let me recognize the ranking member, Tom Cole, for his work on this bill. We have worked closely together over the years because of the mutual respect that we have for one another. While we have differences of opinion, we have the same values about the scope of these programs and who it ought to be benefiting.
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A video of the hearing can be found here.
The meeting of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies is called to order.
Today’s markup of the fiscal year 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies bill is the culmination of a lot of hard work, from members and staff, on both sides of the aisle.