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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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April 15, 2016 Press Release
Washington – Yesterday, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) called for the Ways and Means Committee to focus on improving healthcare for millions of Americans rather than voting once again to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
March 31, 2016 Page
Our nation is in the throes of an epidemic. Since 2000, the rate of deaths from heroin and opioid abuse across the nation has nearly quadrupled. In Connecticut, deaths from heroin overdoses have increased 27% from 2014 to 2015 and last year of the over 700 people died from drug overdoses, more than 400 of those deaths were the result of heroin alone. Clearly the time has come to take action.
March 28, 2016 Press Release

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.

March 15, 2016 Press Release

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.

March 11, 2016 Press Release

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:

February 11, 2016 Press Release

Washington – On Wednesday, February 10, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) spoke with Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about the growing heroin and opioid epidemic in Connecticut and across the country.

February 3, 2016 Press Release

Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement regarding proposals from President Barack Obama and Rep. Joe Courtney (CT-02) to allocate an additional $1.1 billion and $600 million respectively to combat the growing heroin and opioid epidemic:

November 10, 2015 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) honored Malta House of Care with the Nancy Pilver Breast Cancer Awareness Award. Malta House provides no-cost mammograms in partnership with Hartford Hospital and St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center as well as education and follow-up care for women across Connecticut.

September 29, 2015 Press Release

Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) along with Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Reps. Joe Courtney (CT-02), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Jim Himes (CT-04), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) announced over $100,000 in federal funds has been awarded to the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation in Bloomfield, CT to place service dogs with wounded veterans. This award from the U.S.

September 16, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and leader of the Senate Democrats’ #ACAWorks campaign,U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.),and U.S.

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