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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

June 26, 2019 Press Release
Today, Rep. John Larson (CT-01) released the following statement, after the Ways and Means Committee favorably reported the HEARTS and Rural Relief Act (H.R. 3429) which included Larson’s bill, Protecting Access to Wheelchairs Act (H.R. 2293).
June 12, 2019 Press Release
During today’s Ways and Means hearing, Pathways to Universal Health Coverage, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) gave an impassioned speech fighting for universal health care.
May 22, 2019 Press Release
Bipartisan legislation would allow older Americans to use health savings accounts for homecare needs
May 16, 2019 Press Release
During today’s Ways and Means hearing on Overcoming Racial Disparities and Social Determinants in the Maternal Mortality Crisis Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) called for immediate action to address the alarming maternal mortality rate in the United States, especially among women of color.
May 8, 2019 Press Release
Today, the Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on Paid Family and Medical Leave.
April 9, 2019 Press Release
Today, the Ways and Means Committee marked-up the H.R. 2113, the Prescription Drug Sunshine, Transparency, Accountability and Reporting (STAR) Act, which will require more transparency regarding prescription drug prices.
April 3, 2019 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) voted for H. Res. 271, a resolution led by Rep. Colin Allred (TX-32) condemning the Trump Administration’s attacks on the Affordable Care Act and the American people’s health care.
April 1, 2019 Press Release
Today, Reps. John Larson (CT-1), Antonio Delgado (NY-19), and Brian Higgins (NY-26) reintroduced the Medicare-X Choice Act, legislation to create a public option health plan available for purchase on the individual and small business exchanges.
March 5, 2019 Op-Ed and Letters
John Larson: Remembering Edward Zigler, a true visionary
February 13, 2019 Press Release

In a news conference on Capitol Hill, Congressmembers Brian Higgins (NY-26), John Larson (CT-01), Joe Courtney (CT-02), and Peter Welch (VT-AL) announced plans to introduce the Medicare Buy-In and Health Care Stabilization Act. The legislation will expand access to Medicare to allow those aged 50-64 to buy into the highly successful and popular program, providing millions more Americans who are more likely to have pre-existing conditions and face premium increases as they near retirement with an option for affordable, quality health care.