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The historic health care legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama offers the American people the choice of affordable quality health care coverage for the first time. The Affordable Care Act is giving Americans more security by holding insurance companies accountable, and helping more families get the peace of mind of affordable health insurance.

Reforming health care is a crucial part of our economic recovery. It reduces costs, improves coverage and stops insurance company abuses. The Affordable Care Act cuts long-term health care costs, reduces the deficit by $1.3 trillion over the first 20 years, and creates millions of jobs. The legislation passed by House Democrats will cover 94% of Americans and offer stability, lower costs, higher quality, and a greater choice of plans for all Americans.

Rep. Larson speaks with a doctor at a Community Health Fair in Hartford
Rep. Larson speaks with a doctor at Hartford's Community Health Fair.

In fact, health care reform is already benefiting millions of Americans:

  • 71 million Americans in private plans are now receiving free preventive services
  • 34 million seniors in Medicare are now receiving free preventive services
  • 6.1 million seniors have already saved over $5.7 billion on their prescription drugs
  • The law has already helped 3.1 million young people gain coverage under their parents’ plans who otherwise would be uninsured

Rep. Larson has also announced the Medicare Buy-In and Health Care Stabilization Act to build on the successes of the Affordable Care Act and to further enhance our health care system. To learn more about his proposal, click here

Click here for frequently asked questions regarding health care reform.

You might also want to check out a variety of reports on reducing health care costs, linked here.

 

More on Health Care

July 30, 2021 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) celebrated the announcement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that it will permanently protect manual Complex Rehabilitation Technologies (CRT) wheelchairs and accessories from the CMS’ competitive bidding process.
June 17, 2021 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after the Supreme Court rejected the Republican lawsuit aiming to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.
June 16, 2021 Press Release
Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) joined Rep. Claudia Tenney (NY-22) introduced the Essential Caregivers Act.
May 26, 2021 Press Release
Yesterday, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) introduced the Increasing Access to Osteoporosis Testing for Medicare Beneficiaries Act of 2021 (H.R. 3517) with Reps. Linda Sánchez (CA-38), Lori Trahan (MA-03), Michael Burgess M.D. (TX-26), and Jackie Walorski (IN-02) to improve access to osteoporosis screening.
April 26, 2021 Press Release
Through the American Rescue Plan, it is estimated at least an additional $85 million dollars annually will become available to help make insurance affordable for CT residents for plan years 2021 and 2022.
March 25, 2021 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced that five community health centers in Connecticut’s First District will receive $29 million in American Rescue Plan funding to support COVID-19 vaccination and services for vulnerable populations.
March 5, 2021 Press Release
Bipartisan bill would revise reimbursement rates for treatment provided at the location of a medical emergency
February 23, 2021 Press Release
Medicare-X Proposal Would Allow all Americans to Purchase a Public Health Insurance Plan Through the Popular Medicare Program
February 11, 2021 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) voted to strengthen access to quality, affordable health care during the pandemic and increase aid for nursing homes to combat COVID.
February 8, 2021 Press Release
Last week, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) joined Appropriations Committee Chairman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) in introducing the FAMILY Act. The FAMILY Act would create a national paid family and medical leave program.

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