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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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.
Yesterday, Rep. Angie Craig convened a virtual roundtable with the MN Council of Nonprofits, local United Ways, food pantries, community care clinics and the Federal Reserve to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 and how communities can help.
Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig introduced the Safe Stay Act, which would require the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in each hotel and motel room across the country. This legislation comes after learning that two of her second district constituents were hospitalized with serious illnesses due to near-fatal carbon monoxide levels in their Michigan hotel room.
Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig applauded the House passage of the Protecting American Lungs and Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2020, one of the numerous bills she has co-authored to hold the vaping industry accountable and curb the vaping epidemic.
Today, Rep. Angie Craig (MN-02) released the following statement following President Trump’s State of the Union Address:
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.