Health Care

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.

Telehealth
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

Jul 13, 2021 Press Release

Vallejo, CA – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) announced that his request for a Solano County safety project was included in the Fiscal Year 2022 funding package released by the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies. That includes $900,000 for the Vallejo Police Department’s Community Mental Health Response Unit Pilot Program to provide trauma-informed responses that will link residents to social services and reduce arrests. A statement from Thompson is below.

Jul 13, 2021 Press Release

Contra Costa County, CA – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) announced that his request for a Contra Costa County health care project was included in the Fiscal Year 2022 funding packaged released by the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education. That includes $900,000 for the Contra Costa County Collaborative Care Implementation project to better train behavioral health staff and implement a standardized treatment model across the local Federally Qualified Health Centers. A statement from Thompson is below.

Jul 12, 2021 Press Release

Vallejo, CA – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) announced that his request for a health care project in Solano County was included in the Fiscal Year 2022 funding packaged released today by the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education. That includes $1 million for the rehabilitation and repair of Truett Hall at Touro University to allow the school to increase class sizes for their health care programs and better meet the medical needs of the community. A statement from Thompson is below.

Jul 12, 2021 Press Release

Santa Rosa, CA – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) announced that his requests for two Sonoma County health care projects were included in the Fiscal Year 2022 funding packaged released today by the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education. That includes $1.6 million for the Accessing Coordinated Care and Empowering Self Sufficiency (ACCESS) project and $1 million for Petaluma Health Center, Inc. to renovate the Rohnert Park health Center site. A statement from Thompson is below.

Mar 18, 2021 Press Release

Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), Rep. G. K. Butterfield (NC-01), Rep. Brett Guthrie (KY-02), and Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson (PA-15) announced the introduction of the Medicare Orthotics and Prosthetics Patient-Centered Care Act. This bipartisan bill helps ensure that Medicare beneficiaries can access the orthotics and prosthetics devices they need. Under current Medicare requirements, these beneficiaries are a risk of getting these devices without the necessary services and customization required for them to be of the best use to these patients.

Jan 21, 2021 Press Release

Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) and Rep. John Katko (NY-24) announced the reintroduction of the Mental Health Access Improvement Act. This bipartisan bill addresses mental health care gap for seniors by expanding the network of provider that can deliver mental and behavioral health services to Medicare beneficiaries.

Jan 19, 2021 Press Release

Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Telehealth Caucus, along with caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Peter Welch (VT-AL), Rep. Bill Johnson (OH-06), and Rep. David Schweikert (AZ-06) and caucus member Rep. Doris Matsui (CA-06) announced the reintroduction of the Protecting Access to Post-COVID-19 Telehealth Act.

Jul 16, 2020 Press Release

Washington – Today, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Telehealth Caucus, along with caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Peter Welch (VT-AL), Rep. Bill Johnson (OH-06), and Rep. David Schweikert (AZ-06), and caucus member Rep. Doris Matsui (CA-06), announced the introduction of the Protecting Access to Post-Covid-19 Telehealth Act.

Jun 29, 2020 Press Release

Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), a senior member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, voted to pass H.R. 1425, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act. This bill works to enhance the progress made by the Affordable Care Act, including strengthening the protections for people with pre-existing conditions. A statement from Thompson is below. 

May 15, 2020 Press Release

Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) voted to pass H.R. 6800, the Heroes Act. This is the fifth Coronavirus relief bill passed by the House since March and includes critical provisions for which Thompson advocated to provide relief for state and local governments, food assistance and to help small businesses keep their lights on. A statement from Thompson is below.