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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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.
FLINT—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional PFAS Task Force, has secured $80 million in President Joe Biden’s budget reconciliation bill for fire departments in Michigan and across the country to replace firefighting foam and gear that contains toxic per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS) chemicals.
FLINT— Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today announced $181,655 in federal grants to be awarded across the district to help provide local firefighters and emergency personnel acquire new equipment and resources.
FLINT—Congressman Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, announced today that the city of Flint will receive $2,283,960 in federal funding to protect children and families from exposure to lead-based paint. The grant, awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will fund a comprehensive program to identify and remove lead-based paint hazards in homes in Flint.
“The U.S. House of Representatives took a critical vote today to advance both a bipartisan infrastructure bill and budget that supports working families. Working alongside President Biden, I am committed to getting both bills signed into law as soon as possible because, together, these bills meet the needs of the people I represent.
FLINT—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, will host the fifth annual Veterans and First Responders Recreation Day in Linden, Mich. on Saturday, August 28, 2021, from noon – 4 p.m. ET.
WASHINGTON—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today announced a nearly $1.3 million federal grant to fund Carman-Ainsworth Community School’s Early Head Start program in Genesee County.
WASHINGTON—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, applauds the passage of legislation that would provide $5 million in funding for the Flint Registry.
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 includes nine Community Project Funding requests, benefitting Genesee, Saginaw and Bay County residents.
FLINT—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today announced a $550,000 federal grant to the Greater Flint Health Coalition (GFHC) through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Racial and Ethnic Approached to Community Health (REACH) program. The GFHC is one of only 40 funding recipients for the program nationwide.