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 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.
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Washington — Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and the Connecticut delegation released the following joint statement applauding the Connecticut Department of Insurance’s decision to limit rate increases on individual and small group health insurance policies for 2015:
Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL) announced the passage of a National Defense Authorization Act amendment that would require TRICARE, the military healthcare program, to ensure access to behavioral treatments for military families who have children with development disabilities.
Washington - Today, Reps. John B. Larson (D-CT) and Tom Rooney (R-FL) introduced legislation to require the nation's military healthcare program, TRICARE, to ensure access to behavioral treatments for military families who have children with developmental disabilities.
Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 1557, the “Children's Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2013”. The legislation authorizes funding for children’s hospital graduate medical education programs and passed the House by voice vote.
Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today after the White House announced that more than 7 million nationwide have signed up for private health insurance under the Affordable Care Act:
Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today on H.R. 4302, the “Protecting Access to Medicare Act.” The twelve month patch to the Medicare payment system is opposed by a large number of physician groups across the nation:
“I stand firm with our doctors and Medicare beneficiaries – we must stop politicizing the Medicare payment system.
Washington - Today Reps. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Tom Rooney (R-FL) released the following statement after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the latest data showing 1 in 68 American children are now living with autism:
Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today on H.R. 4015, The SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014. The amended version considered today attaches a five-year delay to the individual responsibility provision under the Affordable Care Act to a much-needed fix to the Medicare payment system. This marks the 51st attempt to delay or repeal the ACA.
Washington – Today, Reps. John B. Larson (CT-01), Joe Courtney (CT-01), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) applauded the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service’s decision not to count the volunteer hours of volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel when determining an employer’s full-time employees under the Affordable Care Act. The decision confirms that the employer shared responsibility requirement does not apply to volunteer departments.