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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.

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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:

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.