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Health Care

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

September 19, 2013 Press Release

Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on efforts by House Republican leadership to disrupt the Affordable Care Act. To date, the Republican controlled House has attempted to repeal or defund the Affordable Care Act more than 40 times, threatening care and services for millions of Americans.

August 5, 2013 Press Release

Hartford, CT — Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Connecticut's Congressional Delegation today applauded the release of approved health insurance plans to be sold on the Access Health CT marketplace. Connecticut residents can begin shopping on the marketplace, established by the landmark Affordable Care Act, October 1. These rates are the cost of health insurance before tax credits available to individuals and families purchasing their own health insurance policies.

July 11, 2013 Press Release

Washington - Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today on the passage of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 (H.R. 2642) by the U.S. House of Representatives:

July 3, 2013 Press Release

(Washington) – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on the announcement that the Administration would postpone the employer shared responsibility requirements and mandatory employer and insurer reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act until 2015:

June 13, 2013 Press Release

Washington – Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced the passage of an amendment to require TRICARE, the military healthcare program, to cover behavioral health treatment, including applied behavior analysis for military children with developmental disabilities. The amendment, authored by Congressman Larson and co-sponsored by Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL), comes as a result of a meeting at an Autism Speaks forum at the home of Tim Shea of West Hartford with Manchester resident Rachel Kenyon.

May 9, 2013 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and the Connecticut Congressional delegation issued the following statement today regarding the announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that Connecticut community health centers will receive $1.55 million in federal funding to expand their efforts and provide assistance to uninsured individuals seeking to enroll in affordable health insurance programs:

March 12, 2013 Press Release

(Washington) – Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on the proposed budget by House Republicans:

February 21, 2013 Press Release

Hartford, CT – This week Reps. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Joe Courtney (CT-02) joined in writing a letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta calling on TRICARE, the military healthcare program, to collaborate with military families and subject experts on the development of a pilot program which will help military children with autism. The one-year pilot program, included in the final 2013 defense budget authorization, is a modified version of a provision authored by Rep.

February 7, 2013 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and the Connecticut House Delegation today applauded the appointment of Judith Stein, founder and executive director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy in Willimantic, to the Bipartisan Long-Term Care Commission. Created earlier this year as part of the American Tax Relief Act, the commission is responsible for developing a plan to establish, implement, and finance a comprehensive set of long-term care services for seniors and people with disabilities. Last month, Reps.

February 5, 2013 Press Release

Washington – Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on the 20th Anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act: