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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.

More on Health Care

March 31, 2020 Press Release

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Dear Constituent—

I wanted to provide you with regular updates on the coronavirus.

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

March 31, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, will hold a telephone town hall on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. ET to discuss the latest information regarding the coronavirus pandemic. On the call, Congressman Kildee will be joined by health experts, including the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), to answer questions from Michigan residents.

All Michigan residents are invited to join the call. To participate, please call (855)-756-7520 Ext.58045#. It is free to participate.

March 30, 2020 Press Release

Monday, March 30, 2020

Dear Constituent—

I wanted to provide you with regular updates on the coronavirus.

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

Congress has acted on three emergency relief bills related to the coronavirus. More on each of them are below.

WASHINGTON UPDATE

March 29, 2020 Press Release

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Dear Constituent—

I wanted to provide you with regular updates on the coronavirus.

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

Congress has acted on three emergency relief bills related to the coronavirus. More on each of them are below.

WASHINGTON UPDATE

March 28, 2020 Press Release

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Dear Constituent—

I wanted to provide you with regular updates on the coronavirus.

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

Congress has acted on three emergency relief bills related to the coronavirus. More on each of them are below:

WASHINGTON UPDATE

March 27, 2020 Press Release

$2 Trillion Stimulus Bill Includes Direct Payments to Americans, Emergency Grants to Small Businesses, Expanded Unemployment Benefits and Support Hospitals and Frontline Health Care Workers

March 27, 2020 Press Release

Friday, March 27, 2020

Dear Constituent—

I wanted to provide you with regular updates on the coronavirus.

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

Congress has acted on three emergency relief bills related to the coronavirus. More on each of them are below:

WASHINGTON UPDATE

March 26, 2020 Press Release

Money Recently Passed by Congress Will Help Four Mid-Michigan Health Centers

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, announced today that $296, 841 in federal grants will be awarded to four local health centers in the Fifth Congressional District to help combat the coronavirus pandemic.

March 26, 2020 Press Release

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Dear Constituent—

I wanted to provide you with regular updates on the coronavirus.

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

Congress has acted on three emergency relief bills related to the coronavirus. More on each of them are below:

WASHINGTON UPDATE

March 25, 2020 Press Release

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Dear Constituent—

I wanted to provide you with regular updates on the coronavirus.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created this online tool to evaluate yourself for coronavirus and information on how to take the appropriate medical action depending on your symptoms. Please use this tool and be in close contact with your doctor.