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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

December 17, 2019 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) applauded the inclusion of his Protecting Access to Wheelchairs Act (H.R. 2293) in the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020.
December 12, 2019 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) voted for the H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act.
December 12, 2019 In The News

Washington – The U.S. House on Friday approved an ambitious bill that would dramatically lower the cost of  popular drugs, like insulin and other commonly prescribed medications, for Medicare patients and other Americans.

All Connecticut House members voted for the bill, and three of them — Reps. John Larson, D-1st District, Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, and Jahana Hayes, D-5th District — were original co-sponsors.

November 25, 2019 Press Release
Today, Congressman John Larson (CT-01), Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02), Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04), and Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (CT-05) sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) urging them to rescind a $450,000 “non-reporting” penalty imposed on Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford. Gaylord Hospital has provided patients throughout the state of Connecticut with high-quality care for more than one hundred years.
November 21, 2019 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) voted for the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act (H.R. 1309).
November 21, 2019 In The News

The price of a new invention usually falls as more people adopt it, but prescription drug prices somehow defy gravity.

Connecticut residents, like all Americans, pay among the highest drug prices in the world, and prices keep climbing. We can’t change the laws of physics, but we can and must change federal law to bring needed relief.

October 23, 2019 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) voted to favorably report legislation to address youth vaping out of the Ways and Means Committee.
October 22, 2019 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and the Ways and Means Committee voted to favorably report, H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act out of committee.
October 17, 2019 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) advocated for lower prescription drug prices at the Ways and Means Committee hearing.
July 18, 2019 Press Release
Yesterday, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) voted for the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act (H.R. 748), which repeals what’s known as the “Cadillac Tax”.