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, U.S. Rep Angie Craig hosted a blood drive with the American Red Cross at her Burnsville, Minnesota, office. During the blood drive, Rep. Craig and her wife Cheryl donated blood to do their part and to help bring awareness to the constant and ongoing need for blood donations. Rep. Craig applauds the efforts the American Red Cross has taken to ensure that donating blood remains a safe process for healthy individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This week, U.S. Rep Angie Craig joined House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), along with Co-Chair and Vice Chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM), Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS) and Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) to discuss health and economic disparities in Indian Country amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the dire need for federal aid. The Members were joined by Governor of the Pueblo of Santa Clara Tribal Government J.
Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig sent a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, Jr. asking them to urgently set aside political games and prioritize delivering mail, including prescription drugs to America’s veterans.
Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig, Sen. Tina Smith were joined by health expert Andy Slavitt during a briefing to discuss their bipartisan bill to create a national coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and contact-tracing strategy in partnership with states.
Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig introduced the bipartisan and bicameral Suppress COVID-19 Act to provide states with the support they need to eliminate the spread of COVID-19. Rep. Phil Roe (TN-01) is also a lead author. In the Senate, the bill is carried by Sens. Tina Smith (D-MN) and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA).
U.S. Rep. Angie Craig secured several key provisions to expand access to affordable, high-quality healthcare in the House appropriations package that passed last week.
Rep. Craig successfully pushed to include:
Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig co-authored an amendment to a House appropriations minibus package to prevent the Justice Department from spending any federal funds for the Trump Administration’s lawsuit to strike down the Affordable Care Act. The amendment passed the House Thursday evening.
U.S. Rep. Angie Craig has authored and pushed for improvements in health care and mental health services for veterans. Her efforts were included in today’s passage of the FY2021 appropriations bill containing funding for Military Construction & Veterans Affairs and Department of the Interior.
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Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig spoke on the House floor urging leadership to include her bipartisan and bicameral bill aimed 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.