Health Care

Health care is a human right, and every single Pennsylvanian deserves access to quality, affordable health care –– now and always. The COVID-19 crisis has made it crystal clear that we should be working to get quality health care to more Americans, not threatening to take it away. And no health care package is complete without including coverage for mental health care.

Here are my priorities:

  Increase access to care. During my time in office, I have been deeply concerned that President Trump has continuously led efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, even in the face of a global pandemic. When COVID-19 hit, I led two efforts to expand the open enrollment period to ensure Americans could have coverage when they might need it most.

  Make prescription drugs more affordable. In Congress, I have worked across the aisle to lower the cost of prescription drugs, and I’ve kept my pledge to never take a cent from Big Pharma. My work on the USMCA ensured that no prescription drug monopolies were allowed into our trade policy. In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, I led an initiative to cap the price of prescription drugs designed to treat medical conditions stemming from the virus, including insulin for diabetes and inhalers for asthma. One of my proudest days in office was voting yes on the Lower Drug Costs Now Act.

  Take bold action to fight and treat the opioid crisis. At every level and from every angle, it is critical that we build a culture of compassion and treatment around the opioid epidemic. I am proud to be a member of the Bipartisan Freshman Working Group on  Addiction. Addressing and solving this crisis requires (1) recognizing that drug abuse is a medical problem, not a criminal one; and (2) proactively providing communities with the resources they need to effectively combat it. I am proud that I have worked with my Republican colleagues across the aisle to offer bipartisan support to those suffering from opioid addiction. Our communities have seen firsthand the devastation of the opioid crisis, and we must continue to provide federal support for an epidemic with such widespread effects. 

  Bring mental health care out of the shadows. When suicide touched my family last year, I made advocating for accessible and affordable mental health care one of my top priorities. Since then, I’ve introduced legislation to address suicide rates on college campuses and make mental health care easier for families to access. My bill to provide mental health screenings for senior citizens was signed into law by the president as part of the Older Americans Act. In the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of calls and texts to crisis centers has increased, and it is more important than ever to ensure that we remove the stigma around mental health and that everyone who needs quality mental health care can get it.

In the wealthiest nation on earth, no citizen should have to risk bankruptcy, take on a second job to cover health care costs, or make the agonizing choice between putting food on the table or getting care for themselves and their families. My work in Congress is guided by that ironclad belief every single day.

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