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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

January 11, 2013 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced that Hartford HealthCare, St. Francis HealthCare Partners and ProHealth Physicians have established Accountable Care Organizations that have been selected to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Created under the Affordable Care Act, the Medicare Shared Savings Program aims to improve the quality of care that patients receive, and lower health care costs through increased coordination of care by providers.

December 21, 2012 Press Release
Washington - In a partial victory for military families struggling with autism, the final defense budget authorization for next year passed by the House yesterday includes a modified version of a provision authored by Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01), which would require TRICARE – the military healthcare program – to provide greater access to behavioral health treatment for military kids with autism as part of a one-year pilot program.
December 10, 2012 Press Release

Washington — Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Connecticut’s Congressional Delegation today applauded the federal government’s conditional approval of a state plan for a health insurance exchange.  Connecticut was one of six states to receive approval today and is expected to begin selling health plans through the exchange on October 1, 2013.

December 8, 2012 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced that two School-Based Health Centers will be receiving grants to help enhance and expand their ability to provide health services in the East Hartford area. East Hartford Community HealthCare, Inc. and Integrated Health Services, Inc. will be receiving $410,924 and $315,566 respectively.

November 30, 2012 Press Release

Washington – The U.S. Senate passed an amendment Thursday co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), to extend behavioral treatment for military children with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities. Authored in the House by Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01), the “Caring For Military Kids With Autism Act” was adopted as an amendment to the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and passed by the Senate Thursday night. The House of Representatives passed the amendment in that chamber’s version of the NDAA last spring.

October 24, 2012 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) presented The Nancy Pilver Breast Cancer Survivor Award to The Team Towanda Foundation of Wethersfield for their efforts to raise breast cancer awareness and to support those affected by breast cancer.

September 27, 2012 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01), and Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman and Richard Blumenthal announced that Latino Community Services, Inc., of Hartford will be receiving a $500,000 federal grant for their Project STEP – Support, Treatment, Education, Prevention. Project STEP will provide community-based treatment to those at risk of HIV infection, targeting African American and Hispanic/ Latino men ages 18-29.

August 24, 2012 Press Release

Hartford - Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced that African Caribbean American Parents of Children with Disabilities (AFCAMP) of Hartford has been awarded a multi-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help continue their support of families with children who are disabled or who have special needs, particularly in low-income communities.

August 23, 2012 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01), Senators Joseph I. Lieberman and Richard Blumenthal, and Reps. Rosa DeLauro, Jim Himes, Joe Courtney and Chris Murphy applauded a recent $107,358,676 Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grant awarded to support the continued establishment of Connecticut's health insurance exchange.

August 9, 2012 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced that $750,000 in federal funding has been awarded to the Community Health Center Association of Connecticut (CHCACT) to provide a full range of HIV specialty medicine and social services to infants, children, youth and women who are infected or affected by HIV/ AIDS. The funding is being awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Ryan White Title IV AIDS Healthcare Program.