Every Minnesotan has a right to high-quality, affordable healthcare. That’s why I’m focused on reducing the cost of health insurance, including premiums and out-of-pocket costs, as well as lowering the actual costs of healthcare.
After a long career in health care and my own experience of part of my own childhood without access to health insurance, it’s clear to me that if we put all ideas on the table, we can find meaningful common ground. I believe that we must address the skyrocketing prescription drug costs that are putting necessary and lifesaving medications out of reach for too many families, and we must find real solutions to the tragic opioid crisis that has already taken too many lives. We also need to seriously consider how we get more Minnesotans coverage through options like a Medicare buy-in and stabilizing the individual marketplace with bi-partisan ideas such as a federal reinsurance program. Our health care issues are urgent, and I’ll work with anyone in Congress to move us toward more affordable and accessible care.
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Today, Rep. Angie Craig convened a discussion with experts and constituents in Belle Plaine, MN to talk about the importance of reducing health insurance premiums and out of pocket health care costs, including the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs.
Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig announced that Kim Cesarek of Burnsville, will be her guest at the President’s State of the Union Address on February 4th.
Rep. Craig met Kim and her husband Dustin Cesarek during her health care listening tour last year. Kim was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 33, learning of her disease when her daughter was only eight months old. She has lived for the last seven years through harsh treatments and remains focused on the possibility of the next lifesaving drug that will keep her living or perhaps one day even cure her disease.
Today, Rep. Angie Craig led a letter signed by 13 of her colleagues urging Speaker Nancy Pelosi to have the House immediately consider the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act to ban all vaping flavors.
Right now, the U.S. is experiencing the highest youth usage of tobacco products in 20 years. In 2019, there were 5.3 million e-cigarette youth users, an increase of 3 million young people in just two years. This usage is driven by the more than 15,000 flavors like mint, mango and cotton candy covering up the true dangers of tobacco use and nicotine addiction.
Today, U.S. Reps. Angie Craig (MN-02), Pete Stauber (MN-08), Dean Phillips (MN-03) and Michael Guest (MS-03) introduced bipartisan legislation to require an examination of the health and economic impacts of skyrocketing insulin prices. The bipartisan bill would require the government to study and report the scope of the problems created across healthcare by the rise in insulin costs, which are up more than 600% in recent years and have increasingly led to patient rationing of the drug.
U.S. Rep. Angie Craig voted to pass the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, which would save Minnesota families tens of thousands of dollars in prescription drug costs.
U.S. Rep. Angie Craig reiterated her commitment to lower the cost of health care and expand access for Minnesota families after the Medicare-X Choice Act of 2019 received a key hearing in the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health this week.
Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig voted to pass the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, which would save Minnesota families tens of thousands of dollars in prescription drug costs.
Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig sent a letter to House Democratic leaders asking them to prioritize and include programs of significant importance to Minnesota’s Second Congressional District in end-of-year legislation being developed to fund the government and extend numerous expiring tax credits.
Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig applauded House Committee action on the bipartisan Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019, one of the numerous bills she has co-sponsored to hold the vaping industry accountable and curb the vaping epidemic.
Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig announced her cosponsorship of the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, which would take immediate action to lower prescription drug prices for Minnesotans.