Healthcare is a deeply important issue to me. As a mother, I understand the importance of access to quality, affordable healthcare in Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District and across the United States.
I recently held a roundtable with PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro in Reading to discuss one of the greatest public health threats our country is facing: the opioid crisis. I spoke with healthcare providers and community leaders on how this issue has impacted the 6th District. I share their concerns over lack of funding for opioid treatment and prevention programs in Chester County and Berks County. That is why I cosponsored H.R. 2466, the State Opioid Response Grant Authorization Act, which provides $5 billion over five years in federal grants to states for response to the opioid epidemic.
The fight for more accessible and affordable care in this country is far from over. The Affordable Care Act was an important step towards coverage for all Americans and I will continue to work to protect and stabilize the ACA. I will also continue my advocacy to lower the escalating costs of prescription drugs. I was a cosponsor of several pieces of legislation that passed the House that would just this, including H.R. 1884, Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions & Making Health Care More Affordable Act of 2019, H.R. 748, Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019, and H.R. 987, Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs.
Every member of our community has a right to affordable care – that right is under siege and I pledge to defend it.