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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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June 15, 2021 Press Release

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Dear Constituent—

I understand that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a stressful time for all Michiganders. I am working, along with my staff, around the clock to answer your questions, provide community resources and distribute up-to-date, accurate information. If you have any questions or need help, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office by calling (810) 238-8627.

                                                                                                                          

June 7, 2021 Press Release

Monday, June 7, 2021

Dear Constituent—

I understand that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a stressful time for all Michiganders. I am working, along with my staff, around the clock to answer your questions, provide community resources and distribute up-to-date, accurate information. If you have any questions or need help, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office by calling (810) 238-8627.

                                                                                                                          

June 3, 2021 Press Release

FLINTCongressman Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and member of the House Budget Committee, today applauded the Biden administration for including Indian Health Service (IHS) funding in his Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget in a way that would not interrupt health care for Indian Country.

June 3, 2021 Press Release

FLINT—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement after it was announced that the first Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) grant funding will be released:

May 28, 2021 Press Release

“A budget is a true statement of priorities and values. President Biden’s budget demonstrates he is committed to fighting for working-class families, not the wealthiest Americans. The President’s proposed budget makes critical investments to end this pandemic, rebuild our economy and protect the Great Lakes. 

May 9, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, along U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) andRepresentative John Moolenaar (MI-04), today sent a letter to the Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Denis McDonough on behalf of over 125 Michigan veterans who have contacted their offices regarding problems with the VA’s new Beneficiary Travel program.

April 29, 2021 Press Release

“President Biden inherited a nation in crisis, including a raging pandemic and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. But with just 100 days in office, President Biden has already delivered results for the American people to defeat COVID-19 and get our economy back on track.

April 23, 2021 Press Release

Week of April 19, 2021

Dear Constituent—

The coronavirus pandemic continues to develop very quickly, and I know many people have questions and concerns. I will try to answer some of them below.

These are incredibly stressful times for all Michiganders. I am working, along with my staff, around the clock, seven days a week, to answer your questions, provide community resources and distribute up-to-date, accurate information. Please do not hesitate to reach out to my office by calling (810) 238-8627.

 

April 22, 2021 Page

I know that this pandemic has been a stressful time for Michigan families, seniors and small businesses. I am working, along with my staff, to answer your questions, provide community resources and provide up-to-date, accurate information. Please do not hesitate to reach out to my office anytime by calling (810) 238-8627.

April 16, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today applauded the passage of the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act in the U.S. House of Representatives.