I have heard from too many families who are worried about the high cost of health care and prescription drugs. Every person in our district and across America deserves access to high quality and affordable health care coverage. In the richest country in the world, Americans shouldn’t be forced to choose between putting a roof over their head, paying for food, or getting the health care and prescription drugs they need.
Below you will find some work I have been working doing in Congress to lower costs, expand access to care and protect Medicare and Medicaid.
- Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions: I remain committed to protecting the gains we made through the Affordable Care Act to ensure that those with pre-existing health conditions are not denied access to care. Before the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies could deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions—simply put, we cannot go back. Unfortunately, President Trump and Republicans in Congress have sought to eliminate protections for pre-existing conditions. I strongly oppose these efforts to take away health care coverage. Additionally, I voted for H.R. 986, the House-passed Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act, to protect families from insurance plans that exclude coverage for pre-existing conditions, and often don’t cover essential health benefits like prescription drug coverage or mental health treatment. These insurance plans are considered ‘junk’ insurance plans because they don’t cover these essential health services.
- Lowering Drug Prices: Michiganders are paying too much out-of-pocket for their prescription drugs. As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, I have championed legislation to allow Medicare to negotiate with drug companies to lower the cost of drugs for seniors and people with private health insurance. I have also supported legislation that would pave the way for generic prescription drugs to come into the market sooner, which can significantly lower costs for consumers.
- Surprise Medical Billing: I have supported efforts to take decisive action to protect patients from the unreasonable and unacceptable practice of surprise medical bills. Surprise billing could arise in an emergency when the patient has no ability to select the emergency room or doctor and they are charged for out-of-network services which can be significantly higher than in-network rate. When a patient has a medical emergency, the last thing they should have to worry about is an unexpected medical bill from an out-of-network provider. If there is a payment dispute between insurance companies and health care providers, patients should not be stuck paying the bill.
- Safety Net Programs: Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid are critical programs that provide health care and economic security to seniors, people with disabilities, and the most vulnerable Americans. I was a vocal supporter for Medicaid expansion in Michigan, which has provided hundreds of thousands of people with access to care. I will continue to fight against any efforts to dismantle these programs and remain committed to making sure that they are protected now and for the future.
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FLINT—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, along with Michigan’s Democratic congressional delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives, today sent a letter to State Senate Majority Lead Mike Shirkey (R-Jackson) and State Speaker of the House Jason Wentworth (R-Farwell) urging them to act immediately to allocate federal relief funds from the American Rescue Plan (ARP). ARP relief funds were delivered nine months ago, but the Michigan Legislature has refused to allocate those funds to help Michigan families, small businesses and seniors.
WASHINGTON—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today applauded the passage of legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would prevent Medicare payment cuts for hospitals, doctors, labs, and other health care providers during the ongoing global pandemic.
WASHINGTON—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional PFAS Task Force, today highlighted $95 million in new federal funds to help fire departments in Michigan and across the country replace firefighting foam and gear that contains toxic per- and polyfluorinated (PFAS) chemicals.
WASHINGTON—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today announced over $22 million in federal grants for 119 mid-Michigan health care providers to support rural health care workers and health facilities on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.
WASHINGTON—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today introduced the Leveraging Integrated Networks in Communities (LINC) to Address Social Needs Act to help health care and social service organizations better coordinate the care of our most vulnerable people. Congressman Kildee introduced the bipartisan legislation with Republicans Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02), Congressman Richard Hudson (NC-08) and Democratic Congresswoman Lisa Blunt-Rochester (DE-At Large).
WASHINGTON—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today applauded the passage of the Build Back Better Act—a bill that will help lower everyday costs for Michigan’s working families. The Build Back Better Act, which is fully paid for, will cut taxes for middle class families and lower the out-of-pocket cost of health insurance premiums, prescription drugs and child care, in addition to combatting the climate crisis.
WASHINGTON—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today announced $3,031,723 in federal grants from the American Rescue Plan, which he supported and helped pass, to help four local mid-Michigan health centers.
FLINT—Congressman Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and Member of the House Budget Committee, has voted to advance a national budget that cuts taxes and levels the playing field for Michigan’s working families. The mark up in the Budget Committee compiled recommendations from 13 House committees to enact President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda.
The budget bill now moves to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives for a full vote.
WASHINGTON—Congressman Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and Member of the House Ways and Means Committee, has voted to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) to guarantee equal access to safe and legal abortion.
WASHINGTON—Congressman Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, has voted to advance a national budget that helps level the playing field for Michigan’s working families after a four-day legislative mark-up of President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better budget in the Ways and Means Committee.
The budget bill now moves to the Budget Committee, of which Kildee is also a member, before moving to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives for a full vote.