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Health Care

Health care is a right not a privilege. Rep. Larson has been focused on ensuring every American has affordable healthcare.

The Affordable Care Act was a major step toward making this goal a reality. Rep. Larson played a significant leadership role as Chair of the House Democratic Caucus during months of debate over the ACA in 2009 and 2010. He fought to keep important provisions that would protect people with preexisting conditions, hold insurance companies accountable, and help families achieve the peace of mind of affordable health insurance. The Affordable Care Act significantly reduced the number of people in the United States without health insurance coverage, including a 41% reduction in Connecticut’s rate of insured residents in the first few years after coming into effect.

Although Republicans repeatedly tried to erase the progress made under the ACA, Rep. Larson has continued to fight for its expansion. The American Rescue Plan made great progress in lowering ACA premiums and expanding eligibility, helping Americans when they needed it most during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Rep. Larson is also committed to expanding Medicare to include hearing, dental, and vision benefits, lowering the age, and creating a public option.

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June 12, 2017 Press Release
The members of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation and Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the state is receiving a $3.1 million federal grant to expand efforts combating the prescription opioid crisis, particularly helping to provide youth and their families access to long-term substance use treatment that focuses on recovery.
June 1, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representatives John Larson (CT-1), Joe Courtney (CT-2), Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Jim Himes (CT-4), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) encouraged Connecticut communities and healthcare providers on Thursday to apply for assistance through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s new grant programs to prevent opioid overdoses and provide opioid abuse treatment.
May 24, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after the new CBO score for Trumpcare was released today showing that 23 million Americans would still lose their health insurance.
May 16, 2017 Press Release
Representatives John Larson (D-CT), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), and Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today introduced the Steve Gleason Enduring Voices Act, which builds upon the successes of the Steve Gleason Act of 2015. The Steve Gleason Enduring Voices Act permanently fixes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) policy that limited access to speech generation devices for people with degenerative diseases.
May 4, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after the passage of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, Larson voted “No”
April 24, 2017 Press Release

(Hartford, CT) – The Connecticut Congressional Delegation today announced a $5.5 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support Connecticut efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. The funding is the first of two rounds from the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama in December. The law included emergency federal funding to fight opioid addiction, as well as significant reforms to the mental health system and funding for medical research on cancer and other diseases.


March 31, 2017 Press Release
Today, Representative John Larson (CT-01), and U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Representatives Joe Courtney (CT-02), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) sent a letter to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) asking that they implement a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) to protect patient care if UnitedHealthcare Group and Hartford HealthCare are unable to agree on contract terms.
March 24, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after TrumpCare was pulled from the House floor
March 24, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative John Larson (D-1),U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and U.S. Representative Joe Courtney (D-2) are urging UnitedHealthcare not to put Connecticut seniors in the middle of its negotiations with Hartford Healthcare
March 13, 2017 Press Release
Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after an analysis from the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management detailing how the Republican plan will impact Connecticut and the release of the Congressional Budget Office’s score of the bill were released