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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Hartford, CT - Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement:
Washington – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016. While the bipartisan package creates new grant programs and authorizes new studies to try to address the nation’s ongoing opioid and heroin epidemic, it fails to provide the necessary financial resources to ensure everyone can get the help they need. Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement:
Atlanta, GA – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) traveled to Atlanta to attend the 5th Annual National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit. With opioid and heroin addiction on the rise across the country and in Connecticut, the Summit will feature discussions on community responses to heroin use, alternatives to incarceration, and use of prescription drugs among youth.
Hartford, CT – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01), U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Reps. Joe Courtney (CT-02), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Jim Himes (CT-04), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) today applauded the U.S Department of Health and Human Services National Center for Injury Prevention and Control’s $1,340,996 grant to the Connecticut Department of Public Health for strengthening prescription drug overdose prevention efforts in Connecticut.
Hartford, CT – Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $94 million in new funding to combat heroin and opioid addiction across the country, including Community Health Center in Middletown, Community Health Services in Hartford, and First Choice Health Centers in East Hartford. Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement: