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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 15, 2016 Press Release
Washington – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment to the FY 2017 Department of Defense Appropriations Act led by Reps. John B. Larson (D-CT-01), Tom Rooney (R-FL-17), and Chris Smith (R-NJ-04) to assist military families with children on the autism spectrum.
May 20, 2016 Press Release

Hartford, CT - Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement:

May 18, 2016 Press Release
Washington – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment led by Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) to ensure military families with children on the autism spectrum are able to receive the care they need.
May 13, 2016 Press Release

Washington – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016. While the bipartisan package creates new grant programs and authorizes new studies to try to address the nation’s ongoing opioid and heroin epidemic, it fails to provide the necessary financial resources to ensure everyone can get the help they need. Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement:

May 11, 2016 Press Release
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman John B. Larson (D-CT) released the following statement on the passage of the Social Impact Partnership Bill in the House Committee on Ways & Means.
April 15, 2016 Press Release
Washington – Yesterday, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) called for the Ways and Means Committee to focus on improving healthcare for millions of Americans rather than voting once again to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
March 31, 2016 Page
Our nation is in the throes of an epidemic. Since 2000, the rate of deaths from heroin and opioid abuse across the nation has nearly quadrupled. In Connecticut, deaths from heroin overdoses have increased 27% from 2014 to 2015 and last year of the over 700 people died from drug overdoses, more than 400 of those deaths were the result of heroin alone. Clearly the time has come to take action.
March 28, 2016 Press Release

Atlanta, GA – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) traveled to Atlanta to attend the 5th Annual National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit. With opioid and heroin addiction on the rise across the country and in Connecticut, the Summit will feature discussions on community responses to heroin use, alternatives to incarceration, and use of prescription drugs among youth.

March 15, 2016 Press Release

Hartford, CT –  Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01), U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Reps. Joe Courtney (CT-02), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Jim Himes (CT-04), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) today applauded the U.S Department of Health and Human Services National Center for Injury Prevention and Control’s $1,340,996 grant to the Connecticut Department of Public Health for strengthening prescription drug overdose prevention efforts in Connecticut.

March 11, 2016 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $94 million in new funding to combat heroin and opioid addiction across the country, including Community Health Center in Middletown, Community Health Services in Hartford, and First Choice Health Centers in East Hartford. Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement:

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