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Congressman Albio Sires

Representing the 8th District of New Jersey

Health Care

Every American deserves access to quality, affordable health care. It is crucial that we work together to make our health care system effective and efficient in order to serve all Americans. That is why I joined my colleagues in enacting the Affordable Care Act to reform our nation’s health care system. The Affordable Care Act works to protect people’s choice of doctors and health plans, as well as guarantee that Americans across the country have access to quality, stable, and affordable health care.

The Affordable Care Act contains many key reforms to our nation’s health care system. This law contains the Patient’s Bill of Rights, which implements critical consumer protections into the health care system and prevents insurers from discriminating against those with preexisting conditions. It also grants small businesses billions of dollars in tax credits to provide health care coverage for their employees. In addition, seniors are now saving money on prescription drugs and receiving free preventive care through Medicare. The Affordable Care Act also strengthens Medicare by combatting fraud and closing the Medicare Part D donut hole.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Americans are seeing lower costs and stronger coverage:

  • 105 million Americans have had a lifetime limit on their coverage eliminated.
  • Up to 17 million children who have pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied coverage by insurers.
  • 2.5 million young adults up to age 26 now have health insurance.
  • 5.1 million seniors and people with disabilities have saved $3.2 billion on their prescription drugs.

To learn more about the Affordable Care Act, including the timeline of implementation, please visit: www.healthcare.gov.

In addition to ensuring that every American has access to quality and affordable care, we must fund cutting-edge research towards cures for diseases that take our loved ones away too soon, and disrupt everyday life. I recently introduced H.R. 619, the Collaborative Academic Research Efforts (CARE) for Tourette Syndrome Act, to expand and further coordinate efforts towards research at the National Institutes of Health for this often misunderstood and stigmatized disorder that impacts as many as one in one hundred Americans. While symptoms can be suppressed overtime, too many individuals, particularly children, face the everyday challenge of trying to manage tics whether at school or in various social settings. Through expanded and collaborative research, we can learn more about the cause and treatment of the disorder to help improve the lives of those individuals impacted by Tourette syndrome. To learn more about the CARE for Tourette Syndrome Act, please view my press release on H.R. 619.

More on Health Care

Oct 25, 2013

Progress towards a healthier world cannot be made without sustained investments in global health research and development, according to Representative Albio Sires (D-NJ), who spoke at a Congressional briefing on the 21st Century Global Health Technology Act, a bill that would encourage and support USAID’s efforts to advance affordable, culturally appropriate, and easy-to-use health technologies.

Oct 24, 2013
This was a constructive week in Congress. The House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA).
Oct 17, 2013
I am relieved that Congress has finally broken through the gridlock that initiated the government shutdown. Although 16 days is far too long for this stalemate to have occurred, thousands of American families woke up today knowing that not only can they pay their bills, but the United States of America can continue paying its bills.
Sep 27, 2013
This past week in Congress has been one of the more challenging weeks of the session. The fiscal year will end on Monday, and if Congress does not pass a Continuing Resolution to keep the government funded, it will shut down. Furthermore, we are faced with an added challenge on October 17th when the debt ceiling will need to be raised in order for the United States to avoid default on its debt.
Aug 30, 2013
This week, I had my yearly meeting with members of United Parcel Service (UPS) to discuss their operations, address any concerns they may have, and consider upcoming legislation. This year, we discussed the highways and transit bill, MAP-21, and how it could help facilitate UPS operations. Additionally, we discussed new health care mandates of the Affordable Care Act and how they may impact UPS employees.
Aug 2, 2013
Last week, President Obama attended the House Democratic Caucus meeting to discuss many issues including expanding the middle class and creating jobs. He spoke about investing in education and infrastructure as well as comprehensive immigration reform as a means to economic growth. As Congress heads into a district work period, it is important for us to stay focused on the issues ahead of us.
Jun 21, 2013
This week, Congress debated critical policies that would deeply affect American’s across the nation. The House voted on legislation that would restrict women’s rights and legislation that would have cut food aid for nearly two million Americans, mostly working families and seniors. Furthermore, the 113th Congress has been in session for 170 days, and House leadership has yet to bring a jobs bill or a budget agreement before the House of Representatives. This week, however, I was able to join my colleagues on the Congressional Hispanic Caucus for a meeting with Speaker John Boehner to discuss immigration reform, and I was also proud to introduce new legislation that would greatly benefit our communities. Lastly, I wrote an editorial piece to inform the public about the dangerous situation in North Korea, and the growing unity in Congress to establish solutions. I encourage you to continue reading my Washington Review for detailed updates.
May 17, 2013
This has been a difficult week in Washington. On Thursday, House Republicans voted, for the 37th time, to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
May 10, 2013
This week, I met with several groups from the district including nurses, students, and mail handlers. It is important to my work in D.C. to learn about the specific needs of New Jersey’s 8th Congressional District directly from my constituents. For the inside look on this week’s meetings, I invite you to continue reading my Washington Review.

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