Healthcare

New Democrats are committed to advancing real solutions that reduce health care costs for families and seniors, increase choices for consumers, and encourage participation by the young and healthy. For months New Democrats have been calling on Republican leadership for to work in a bipartisan way to fix the Affordable Care Act. 

In January, 30 Members of the New Democrat Coalition sent a letter to Speaker Ryan opposing plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and urging him to work toward constructive improvements to expand access to care. In July, 52 New Democrat Coalition Members signed on to another letter calling on Speaker Paul Ryan to lead in a bipartisan manner to stabilize and improve the individual health insurance market while protecting the Affordable Care Act. This follows the set of proposals, endorsed by the New Democrat Coalition, targeted at stabilizing health insurance markets and bringing down the cost of healthcare for all Americans.

The proposals outline bipartisan solutions to stabilize the market, including:

1.     Reauthorizing and making permanent federal reinsurance programs.

2.     Funding the Cost-Sharing Reduction Subsidies (CSR).

3.     Getting more people covered, and ensuring participation.

4.     Ensuring quality affordable options exist.

New Dem Members will continue working on these and other proposals to ensure all Americans have access to the health care they need. Full text of the market stabilization proposals can be found here

More on Healthcare

Oct 17, 2017 Press Release

Reps. Kurt Schrader (OR-5), Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-07) and Annie Kuster (NH-02), co-chairs of the New Democrat Coalition Task Force on Affordable and Accessible Healthcare Task Force, and New Democrat Coalition Chair Jim Himes (CT-04) released the following statement after Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) came to a bipartisan deal to extend cost-sharing reduction subsidies for two years.

Oct 13, 2017 Press Release

The New Democrat Coalition Chair Jim Himes (CT-04) released the following statement after the White House Press Secretary issued a statement indicating that the Trump Administration will end cost-sharing reduction payments. The "cost-sharing reduction payments" are intended to reduce out-of-pocket costs for low-income Americans.

Oct 13, 2017 Press Release

Reps. Kurt Schrader (OR-5), Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-07) and Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02), co-chairs of the New Democrat Coalition Task Force on Affordable and Accessible Healthcare Task Force, and New Democrat Coalition Chair Jim Himes (CT-04) slammed the President today for ending cost sharing reduction (CSR) payments to the individual health insurance exchange.

Sep 15, 2017 Press Release

While the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee wrapped up their fourth and last hearing on stabilizing premiums in the individual insurance market, New Democrat Coalition Members sent a letter to Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) calling for a path forward on legislative solutions to reduce health care costs.

Jul 28, 2017 Press Release

This week, the “skinny repeal” plan failed in the Senate 49-51. In the wake of this partisanship, the New Democrat Coalition Members continue to call for a pragmatic, consensus-driven path forward to stabilize and improve the individual health insurance market while protecting the Affordable Care Act. 

Jul 25, 2017 Press Release

Today, 52 New Democrat Coalition Members signed on to a letter calling on Speaker Paul Ryan to lead in a bipartisan manner to stabilize and improve the individual health insurance market while protecting the Affordable Care Act. This follows the set of proposals, endorsed by the New Democrat Coalition, targeted at stabilizing health insurance markets and bringing down the cost of healthcare for all Americans.  

Jul 12, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, a group of 10 House Democrats, led by the New Democrat Coalition Affordable and Accessible Healthcare Task Force, released a set of proposals targeted at stabilizing health insurance markets and bringing down the cost of healthcare for all Americans.

Jun 12, 2017 Press Release

Today, New Dem Members Reps. Scott Peters, Kathleen Rice, Susan Davis, and Don Beyer met with National Institute of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins, doctors, researchers, and patients and toured several research labs including National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), and National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR).

May 5, 2017 Press Release

The New Democrat Coalition Members, including several Members on the Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees, spoke out against the health care bill House Republicans passed that is dead on arrival in the Senate. Reps. Suzan DelBene, Ron Kind, and Terri Sewell sit on the Ways and Means Committee and Reps. Tony Cardenas, Eliot Engel, Scott Peters, and Kurt Schrader sit on the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Apr 6, 2017 Press Release

Today, New Democrat Coalition Members Rep. Susan Davis (CA-53) and Rep. André Carson (IN-07) led a letter to the Committee on Appropriations requesting increased funding for the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) research into diseases that affect millions of Americans. Specifically, the letter calls for funding of at least $2 billion above the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 enacted level for NIH.