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

September 15, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, U.S. Representative Angie Craig secured the inclusion of several key health care priorities in the Build Back Better Act. Earlier today, the Energy and Commerce Committee approved its portion of the package, which includes longstanding priorities of Rep.

July 22, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – This month, U.S. Representative Angie Craig pressed the Biden Administration to take executive action to fix the “family glitch” in the Affordable Care Act’s subsidized marketplace coverage – a step that could save 62,000 Minnesotans thousands of dollars annually on their health insurance premiums. In a letter addressed to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Craig highlighted the story of Savage, Minnesota, native Allie Krueger – who was laid off during the COVID-19 public health crisis shortly before learning that she was pregnant with twins.

June 15, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, in a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, U.S. Representative Angie Craig questioned public health experts on the Biden Administration’s ongoing efforts to equitably distribute and administer the COVID-19 vaccine. At the hearing, Craig applauded the historic achievement of delivering more than 309 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine – made possible by the $7.5 billion provided to the Centers for Disease Control for vaccine distribution and administration. 

May 12, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra testified before Congress that reinsurance legislation like U.S. Representative Angie Craig’s State Health Care Premium Reduction Act would lower out of pocket costs and premiums even further for many Minnesotans. Representative Craig highlighted her bill and other key health care priorities during a House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing with the Secretary.

May 5, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, during a House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing on lowering the cost of prescription drugs, U.S. Representative Angie Craig highlighted the story of Bob Miller, a constituent from Prior Lake, MN whose multiple sclerosis medication skyrocketed in price by nearly $100,000 annually. At the hearing, the subcommittee considered the impact of H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, which would save Minnesota families tens of thousands of dollars in prescription drug costs.

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.