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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

March 27, 2020 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) spoke on the House Floor in favor of Congress’s third coronavirus response bill, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. A video of her speech can be found here, and below are her remarks as delivered:
March 25, 2020 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after two residents of the Third District—one in New Haven and one in West Haven—died from the coronavirus (COVID-19).
March 22, 2020 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement on Senate Republicans’ latest coronavirus bill.
March 14, 2020 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) released the following statement after voting to pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, legislation that will ensure free coronavirus tests, access to paid sick days and longer-term paid leave, and expanded food assistance for children and seniors. If enacted, this would be the first time paid sick days and paid family and medical legislation will be signed into law. DeLauro first introduced paid sick days legislation—the Healthy Families Act—in 2004, as well as paid family and medical leave legislation—the FAMILY Act—in 2013.
March 6, 2020 Press Release
Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Katie Porter (CA-45), and Lauren Underwood (IL-14) sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Eugene Scalia, and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Charles Rettig raising concerns about the affordability and accessibility of coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnostic testing and services for all Americans, regardless of their health insurance.
March 6, 2020 Press Release
Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee responsible for funding the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, introduced new, emergency paid sick leave legislation, building off the Healthy Families Act (HFA), to provide paid sick days immediately to workers in light of the coronavirus crisis, and in preparation for future public health emergencies.
March 4, 2020 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, released the following statement after voting to pass the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (H.R. 6074), an emergency supplemental funding agreement to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
March 2, 2020 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) released the following statement after the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case brought by Republican state officials and supported by President Trump and his administration.
February 4, 2020 Press Release
House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY) and House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) today urged the Trump administration to transmit a request to Congress for emergency supplemental appropriations to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.
December 18, 2019 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to recall drugs containing ranitidine due to high levels of N-Nitrososdimethylamine (“NDMA”), a probable human carcinogen.