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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

April 10, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro today released the following statement regarding President Trump’s latest Executive Order, which makes it more difficult for people to access services such as healthcare, nutrition, and housing.
March 30, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro recently reintroduced legislation inspired by the plight of veterans at the Seacrest and HighVue retirement homes. The Veterans Residential Care Choice Act would allow the Veterans Administration (VA) to pay for eligible veterans to live at residential care facilities, such as Seacrest and HighVue.
March 22, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee responsible for funding the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, today spoke from the House Floor in support of the 2018 government funding bill.
February 12, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro today released the following statement regarding President Trump’s 2019 budget.
February 5, 2018 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro was joined by local leaders and advocates to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act being signed into law by President Clinton.
January 31, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro today released the following statement in response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Brenda Fitzgerald’s resignation.
January 30, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro today released the following statement regarding President Trump’s first State of the Union address.
January 26, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro today released the following statement after Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards announced that she will be stepping down this year.
January 25, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro today announced that she will travel to Puerto Rico on January 25 and January 26 to assess the recovery effort underway and continue to fight for comprehensive disaster relief funding.
January 20, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro today released the following statement in response to the government shutdown.