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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 1, 2014 Press Release

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.

April 1, 2014 Press Release

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:

March 27, 2014 Press Release

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.

March 27, 2014 Press Release

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:

March 14, 2014 Press Release

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.

January 10, 2014 Press Release

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.

December 12, 2013 Press Release

Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after the House Committee on Ways & Means voted in favor of a permanent solution to fix the broken Medicare physician payment system. Larson, along with the full committee, voted in favor of the “Medicare Patient Access and Quality Improvement Act of 2013”, H.R. 2810:

November 27, 2013 Press Release

Hartford, CT – In a letter to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and the Connecticut Congressional Delegation today urged the agency to be more flexible with enrollment periods and strengthen standards for Medicare Advantage plans for UnitedHealth Group enrollees.

November 15, 2013 Press Release

Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today on the most recent attempt by House Republicans to eliminate or hinder the Affordable Care Act. In a conference meeting this week, Speaker John Boehner reiterated his “strategy for stopping Obamacare”, stating, “That plan is being executed as we speak.”

November 12, 2013 Press Release

Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today on comments from President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton that Americans whose individual market insurance plans have been discontinued deserve a solution:

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