Congresswoman Angie Craig Continues Fight to Lower Healthcare Costs

May 17, 2019
Press Release
Critical package of bills addressing healthcare costs passes House

Yesterday, H.R. 987, the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act, which includes bills that U.S. Rep. Angie Craig has cosponsored, passed the House on a bipartisan vote.

The number one issue Rep. Craig hears about from working families in the Second District is the cost of healthcare. That’s why Rep. Craig not only voted to pass the package out of the House, she also spoke on the floor during the general debate on the importance of passing these bills and taking a significant step towards making affordable healthcare a reality for every family.

You can watch her remarks here.

“Every time I travel around my district I hear the same thing - Minnesotans need solutions to skyrocketing healthcare costs now, and that’s exactly why I came to Congress,” said Rep. Craig. “I’m so proud to have cosponsored and voted for essential bills to help ensure quality healthcare in insurance plans, expand insurance markets for consumers, and bring down the cost of prescription drugs for families.”

In addition to bills that would stabilize states’ insurance marketplaces and crack down on junk plans, H.R. 987 includes the following three bills that Rep. Craig has cosponsored to address the burden of skyrocketing prescription drug costs on working families:

  • H.R.965, the CREATES Act, which would allow more affordable generics to enter the market, and provide peace of mind for families struggling to afford their healthcare.
  • H.R. 938, the Bringing Low-cost Options and Competition while Keeping Incentives for New Generics (BLOCKING) Act of 2019, which is a bipartisan solution to remove a current 180-day block on bringing generic prescription drugs to the market.
  • H.R. 1499, the Protecting Consumer Access to Generic Drugs Act of 2019, which would end the unfair practice of brand name drug companies pay to keep more affordable options off the market, commonly known as pay for delay.

In addition to cosponsoring these bills and voting to pass the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act, Rep. Craig has introduced her own bill, the State Health Care Premium Reduction Act, to lower health insurance premiums in the individual market. That bill passed out of the Energy and Commerce Committee last month.