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, Congresswoman Angie Craig‘s bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act, passed out of the House with bipartisan support. The bill would stabilize the Affordable Care Act and further drive down health care and prescription drug prices for Americans.
Today, Congresswoman Angie Craig joined Speaker Nancy Pelosi to unveil her Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act, which includes Rep. Craig’s bipartisan legislation to lower health insurance premiums for folks in the individual marketplace.
You can watch Rep. Craig’s full remarks from the press conference here.
Today, Rep. Angie Craig and her wife Cheryl donated blood at the Dakota County Community Development Agency to do her part and help bring awareness to the severe shortage in the national blood supply. The American Red Cross has taken measures to ensure that donating blood remains a safe process for healthy individuals. Healthy individuals are encouraged to make a blood donation appointment through the American Red Cross.
U.S. Rep. Angie Craig expressed her deep gratitude to our heroic health care workers by delivering lunches to the medical staff at M Health Fairview Ridges Hospital today as well as hosting an in-depth virtual healthcare panel to discuss the resources our medical community needs moving forward.
Today, U.S. Reps. Angie Craig (MN-02) and Scott Peters (CA-52) announced the introduction of the Stop Health Premium Spikes Act, a bill that would help mitigate the drastic health care premium increases expected as a result of the unanticipated surge in medical care costs due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The projected health care costs associated with providing medical care for patients with COVID-19 will be enormous.
Today, U.S. Reps. Angie Craig (MN-02), Ted Deutch (FL-22), Katherine Clark (MA-5) and Brad Schneider (IL-10) introduced the Emergency Supply Chain Transparency Act. The legislation will ensure greater accountability of federal agencies and private-sector partners responsible for the distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other emergency resources under the Defense Protection Act and Stafford Act.
Yesterday, in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Reps. Angie Craig and Lauren Underwood (IL-14) led a letter with 16 of their colleagues in advocating for the inclusion of their legislative solutions to make health care more affordable in the next Congressional coronavirus relief package. In the letter, Members commended Speaker Pelosi for including provisions to lower the cost of insurance premiums in the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act and urged the Speaker to include those policies in upcoming legislation.
Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig sent a letter urgently requesting Chairman Richie Neal of the House Ways and Means Committee review the language in the CARES ACT and work with leadership in both parties to broaden the definition of a qualifying child in the Recovery Rebates for Individuals section of the CARES Act to include children older than 17, up to the age of 24 for students and beyond for disabled individuals.
Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig supported the bipartisan coronavirus relief package providing relief to hard-working Minnesotans, small businesses and nonprofits while funding the needs of our health care professionals. Rep. Craig is now focused on getting the resources in the bill to the Second District as quickly as possible as well as pushing for funding for her cities and towns in future packages.
The CARES Act includes:
Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urging for the inclusion of small and mid-sized communities in the Senate coronavirus relief package, through the State Stabilization Fund. This change would provide Second District cities and towns with direct assistance to local communities to cover revenue lost because of the coronavirus.