I am a strong believer that healthcare is a right, not a privilege. As extremists continue their assault on the Affordable Care Act, our fight for access to affordable, quality care is more important than ever.
Over the past year, I have met with patients, doctors, hospital administrators and constituents to hear about the challenges they face and to find common sense solutions for strengthening our healthcare system. Constituents and providers agree that we can’t go back on the promise of the Affordable Care Act. Instead, Congress should focus on improving our healthcare system by reducing costs and increasing coverage.
In 2022, we did just that. With my support, Congress successfully capped the cost of insulin at $35 per month for seniors. For the first time in history, we beat the special interests and allowed Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug prices for our seniors. In the coming months, our provisions to cap out-of-pocket prescription drug prices will take effect, helping our seniors afford the medications they rely on.
There is lots more work to be done. In the House of Representatives, I’m leading legislation to expand access to cancer screenings, save rural hospitals in the Black Belt, and ensure seniors can access Telehealth services. I am also an advocate for permanently funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program, one of the most important healthcare programs for families in our state.
From Birmingham to Selma to Montgomery and the Black Belt, I believe that every family deserves access to care they can afford.