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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.

More on Health Care

November 1, 2013 Press Release

Hartford – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Treasury announced a modification to the “Use-or-Lose” rule for health flexible spending arrangements (FSA). An estimated 14 million families utilize health FSAs to save tax-free money for medical expenses.

Currently, participants in health FSAs are forced to forgo all unused amounts within their FSA at the end of each year. Following the change, up to $500 of unused amounts can now be carried over to the next year.

October 29, 2013 Press Release

Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today after the Center for Medicare Services announced that seniors will see zero growth in Medicare Part B premiums and deductibles for 2014 and that Medicare beneficiaries continue to save money on their prescription drugs due to the Affordable Care Act:

October 24, 2013 Press Release
Hartford, CT – In a letter to United Healthcare Group (UHG) CEO Jack Larsen, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and the Connecticut Congressional Delegation pressed the company on its decision to terminate thousands of providers from its Medicare Advantage Plan.
October 1, 2013 Press Release

Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today on the official opening of the State of Connecticut health insurance exchange marketplace, Access Health CT. The state-based exchange was created in order to provide greater access to healthcare coverage as part of the Affordable Care Act.

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: