While we’ve made great strides in recent years, too many people in our country still can’t get the health care they need. Health care is a right. Congress must ensure everyone in America has access to quality, affordable health care.
Affordable Care Act
Our health care system has undergone a dramatic transformation since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law in 2010. Both state-based Health Insurance Marketplaces—like Covered California—and the Federal Marketplace under healthcare.gov have brought much-needed price transparency and competition to private insurance. The Medicaid expansion and premium tax credit have helped millions of low-income Americans and middle-class families obtain quality, affordable coverage. And most important, insurance companies can no longer refuse coverage to or discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions.
I was proud to vote for the ACA and I’m working hard to improve and extend it. Unfortunately, this President has launched an all-out attack on the law. Among other efforts, the current Administration is backing a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the ACA in its entirety, including protections for people with pre-existing conditions. If the President succeeds, millions of Americans could lose their health coverage. Please know I totally oppose this Administration’s health policy and am fighting to defend the ACA.
Reducing Out-of-Pocket Costs
As health costs continue rising, more Americans are being forced to pay for necessary medical care out-of-pocket. The high price of prescription drugs is especially hard on patients, forcing many to ration their medication or forego care altogether. This is unacceptable. Please know I support legislation to end predatory practices that artificially inflate prescription drug costs.
In addition, the complicated, opaque nature of medical billing means families are too often hit with unexpected health care bills. That’s why I’m working to bring more transparency to billing practices and end surprise medical bills for good.
New health care technologies promise to lower costs and improve health outcomes, especially for people in underserved or rural areas. I’m a strong supporter of expanding access to telehealth and I’m doing everything I can to ensure this technology is rolled out quickly and efficiently.
I’m fully committed to expanding access and lowering costs for everyone in America and I won’t rest until universal health coverage is a reality.
More on Health Care
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), a senior member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, lauded the House passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, the third Coronavirus response package. The bill now heads to the President’s desk for signature. A statement from Thompson is below.
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), a senior member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, released the following statement on the third Coronavirus relief package, the outline of which was unveiled early this morning.
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) lauded the President’s decision to declare a major disaster in California due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This declaration unlocks emergency protective measures, such as medical equipment, to help the state combat the spread of the pandemic and support people who have already been hit financially. Thompson previously wrote to the President asking him to make this declaration, citing the disproportionate impact of the health crisis on his state.
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), a senior member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, announced that the Administration has put out guidance to expand the use of telehealth as authorized by Thompson’s legislation included in the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, which passed the House earlier this month.
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) reacted to restrictions put out by California Governor Gavin Newsom aimed at slowing the spread of Coronavirus and keeping people safe from the pandemic. A statement from Thompson is below.
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), Rep. Doris Matsui (CA-06), Rep. John Garamendi (CA-03), and Rep. Jared Huffman (CA-02) announced they have introduced legislation to require cruise lines to reimburse passengers whose trips have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus. This would apply for tickets purchased on or before February 1, 2020 and to cancellations both from the cruise line itself and by the passenger because of concerns over the ongoing public health emergency.
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) voted to pass the bipartisan Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. The package included Thompson’s legislation to waive existing telehealth restrictions during the Coronavirus public health emergency. This bipartisan provision would suspend some Medicare telehealth restrictions to allow seniors to get medical care via telehealth. Many Medicare beneficiaries would also be able to get health care in their own homes via telehealth.
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), a senior member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, announced that his guest to the 2020 State of the Union will be Andrew Blackshear, a Benicia resident who lives with a pre-existing condition. Blackshear suffered from a health scare in 2015 that required two emergency surgeries, including open-heart surgery. The Affordable Care Act allowed him to purchase insurance and live without medical debt, despite his pre-existing condition.
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), a senior member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, voted to pass H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019. A statement from Thompson on the vote is below.
Washington – Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), Co-Chair of the Congressional Telehealth Caucus, along with fellow Co-Chairs Rep. Peter Welch (VT-AL), Rep. Bill Johnson (OH-06) and Rep David Schweikert (AZ-06), announced the introduction of the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act. This bipartisan and bicameral package will help expand access to important telehealth services that can lower health costs and make health care more efficient for patients.