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Congressman Albio Sires

Representing the 8th District of New Jersey

Health Care

In 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed to provide access to affordable and quality health care to Americans. While not perfect, the ACA provides millions of Americans with access to health care and prohibits those with pre-existing coverage from being denied care.  It also provides consumers with essential health benefits that must be covered by insurance companies, including critical services like mental health and maternity care.  Unfortunately, since taking control of Congress, the Republicans have attacked the ACA and have been determined to strip health protections provided under the ACA.

For example, the Trump Administration denied funding for the cost sharing reductions to health insurers provided under the ACA that has allowed insurers to keep premiums down.  Without these payments, many Americans will see their premiums rise.  Republicans also repealed the provision of the ACA that provided for the responsibility of individuals to obtain health insurance, without this mandate, many individuals, mostly younger and healthier, will forgo insurance which in turn could drive up costs.  The GOP has also made it easier for health insurers to offer very narrow insurance plans that do not cover essential health benefits.

In addition to rolling back protections under the ACA, since taking control of Congress and the White House, Republicans have proposed policies that attack women’s health, as well as Medicaid.  For example, the Administration has allowed for employers to opt out of offering coverage that includes birth control and has continuously proposed to eliminate funding for critical family planning centers like Planned Parenthood.  In every budget proposal, Republicans have planned to turn Medicaid into a block grant program and opened the door for states to put extreme restrictions on Medicaid beneficiaries, including work requirements.  Both proposals mean less coverage for the most vulnerable. They have also used critical federal health programs, like the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Community Health Centers, as political bargaining chips in budget discussions. 

I vow to continue to fight against Republican efforts to repeal the ACA and restructure Medicaid. I also pledge to continue being an advocate for women’s health and programs that support our most vulnerable populations such as Community Health Services. It is important that these critical programs and continued lifesaving medical research receive the funding they need to ensure the health and wellbeing of communities like the 8th District. I am proud to have repeatedly supported robust funding for programs such as research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Alzheimer’s research, nursing workforce development, Tourette syndrome research, and HIV/AIDS programs.

More on Health Care

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.
Apr 17, 2013

April 15, 2013 -- Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ) has introduced the 21st Century Global Health Technology Act, legislation that aims to encourage US investments in research and development (R&D) for global health products that are affordable, culturally appropriate, and easy to us in low-resourced settings worldwide.

Apr 12, 2013

For Immediate Release                                                           Contact: Erica Daughtrey

April 12, 2013                                                                         201-309-0301

 

SIRES INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO SUPPORT GLOBAL HEALTH RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

Apr 11, 2013

At a time when global health responses are threatened by budget-cutting fever, a “deficit neutral” bill proposed by Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) would create a comprehensive strategy to get the most out of a government investment with some of the biggest returns: global health research and development.

Apr 11, 2013

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to commend the contributions of the biopharmaceutical and medical technology companies in New Jersey to Hurricane Sandy relief activities.

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