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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

February 11, 2020 Press Release
Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) joined the Ways and Means Committee in introducing legislation, H.R. 5825, H.R. 5826, and H.R. 5821, to end surprise medical bills, that also includes transparency legislation authored by Larson.
February 7, 2020 Press Release
Today, Congressmen John Larson (D-CT) and Brad Wenstrup, D.P.M. (R-OH) introduced legislation to improve patient access to accurate, up-to-date information on what health care providers are in their health insurance company’s network.
December 19, 2019 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision that upholds a previous district court decision that struck down part of the Affordable Care Act.
December 17, 2019 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after voting for the two Fiscal Year 2020 appropriation packages.
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.