Health Care

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. 

 

More on Health Care

April 16, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by U.S. Representative Angie Craig which would require employers in the health care and social services industries to develop and implement workplace violence prevention plans to protect nurses, physicians, social workers, emergency responders and others. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers in those industries are nearly five times as likely to suffer a serious workplace violence injury than other American workers. 

April 14, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – This week, U.S. Representatives Angie Craig and Greg Pence (R-IN) led a bipartisan letter urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to support America’s rural communities in the second round of funding for the Commission’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program.

April 13, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representatives Angie Craig (MN-02) Gwen Moore, (WI-04), Joe Morelle (NY-25) and Marc Veasey (TX-33) introduced legislation that would use savings from Medicare prescription drug negotiations to lower Medicare Part D costs for low-income seniors.

March 23, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, U.S. Representative Angie Craig questioned health care experts on the effectiveness of reinsurance programs at bringing down the cost of health care premiums for enrollees. Earlier this year, Craig reintroduced the State Health Care Premium Reduction Act, which would help states create their own reinsurance programs. In response to Craig’s questions, Katie Keith, an Associate Research Professor at Georgetown University, confirmed that reinsurance programs had been widely successful in lowering the cost of premiums for customers. 

March 12, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, U.S. Representatives Angie Craig (D-MN) and Scott Peters (D-CA) introduced legislation to lower the cost of premiums for people in the individual marketplace by an estimated 8%. The State Health Care Premium Reduction Act would provide federal funding for states to establish reinsurance programs to lower health care premiums – or to provide financial assistance to reduce out-of-pocket costs including premiums for individuals enrolled in qualified health plans. 

The bill passed the House last Congress with bipartisan support.

March 11, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, U.S. Representative Angie Craig (D-MN) introduced legislation to fund the planning, design, construction, modernization and renovation of hospitals and outpatient health care facilities run or contracted with the Indian Health Service. The Indian Health Care Improvement Act would provide an additional $5 billion over the next three years to the Indian Health Service – with the goal of addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and improving health outcomes for the country’s native populations.

February 16, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, U.S. Representative Angie Craig announced the introduction of legislation aimed to ensure that COVID-19 vaccinations are equitably allocated and distributed. The COVID-19 Vaccine Fairness Act would direct the Biden Administration to report on their efforts to effectively deliver and administer the vaccine to all communities. Craig’s legislation would also require the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to report vaccination rates by race, ethnicity and geography. 

February 12, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, U.S. Representative Angie Craig and her colleagues on the House Energy and Commerce Committee advanced a crucial portion of the upcoming COVID relief legislation which would provide billions of dollars in funding for vaccine distribution and other public health measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The package also included additional funds to support mental health programs and resources to ease challenges associated with distance learning for students and teachers unable to return to the classroom.

December 8, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Angie Craig announced that her bipartisan bill to require an examination of the health and economic impacts of skyrocketing insulin prices passed the House of Representatives as a part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). U.S. Senator Tina Smith introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

December 4, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Angie Craig urged Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher C. Miller to extend the TRICARE reinstatement period for veterans in Minnesota and across the country to ensure that retirees and their family members are able to maintain coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has claimed the lives of more than 275,000 Americans. For the first time since the program was implemented in 2018, TRICARE enrollees are required to pay cost-sharing fees by January 1st, 2021 in order to maintain their coverage. While Rep.