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Congressman John Larson

Representing the 1st District of Connecticut

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 12, 2017 Press Release
The members of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation and Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the state is receiving a $3.1 million federal grant to expand efforts combating the prescription opioid crisis, particularly helping to provide youth and their families access to long-term substance use treatment that focuses on recovery.
June 1, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representatives John Larson (CT-1), Joe Courtney (CT-2), Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Jim Himes (CT-4), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) encouraged Connecticut communities and healthcare providers on Thursday to apply for assistance through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s new grant programs to prevent opioid overdoses and provide opioid abuse treatment.
May 24, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after the new CBO score for Trumpcare was released today showing that 23 million Americans would still lose their health insurance.
May 16, 2017 Press Release
Representatives John Larson (D-CT), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), and Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today introduced the Steve Gleason Enduring Voices Act, which builds upon the successes of the Steve Gleason Act of 2015. The Steve Gleason Enduring Voices Act permanently fixes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) policy that limited access to speech generation devices for people with degenerative diseases.
May 4, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after the passage of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, Larson voted “No”
April 24, 2017 Press Release

(Hartford, CT) – The Connecticut Congressional Delegation today announced a $5.5 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support Connecticut efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. The funding is the first of two rounds from the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama in December. The law included emergency federal funding to fight opioid addiction, as well as significant reforms to the mental health system and funding for medical research on cancer and other diseases.


March 31, 2017 Press Release
Today, Representative John Larson (CT-01), and U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Representatives Joe Courtney (CT-02), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) sent a letter to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) asking that they implement a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) to protect patient care if UnitedHealthcare Group and Hartford HealthCare are unable to agree on contract terms.
March 24, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after TrumpCare was pulled from the House floor
March 24, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative John Larson (D-1),U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and U.S. Representative Joe Courtney (D-2) are urging UnitedHealthcare not to put Connecticut seniors in the middle of its negotiations with Hartford Healthcare
March 13, 2017 Press Release
Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after an analysis from the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management detailing how the Republican plan will impact Connecticut and the release of the Congressional Budget Office’s score of the bill were released