Congresswoman Angie Craig Speaks At The Hill’s Health Care Summit
Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig was one of three members of Congress to give remarks at The Hill’s Virtual Health Care Summit, where she spoke about the problem facing our health care system today: if health care isn’t affordable, it isn’t accessible.
You can watch her remarks here.
Rep. Craig has spent more than 20 years working in two health care manufacturing companies and was responsible for overseeing health care for more than 18,000 Americans as part of her role. Building on her experience, she has been a steadfast champion of commonsense health care solutions. The first health care bill she introduced, H.R. 1425 - a bipartisan federal reinsurance program - which would lower the cost of health insurance for folks who buy insurance in the individual marketplace. Just last week, H.R. 1425, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act, which was expanded to include transformational drug price negotiation mechanisms, passed out of the House on a bipartisan basis.
“I’m calling on all of my colleagues to stop playing politics with health care. Until we can work together, we cannot make any progress toward better health care for our constituents,” said Rep. Angie Craig. “We’ve got to work together to ensure telehealth is an option for folks in rural communities, lower the cost of health insurance and encourage healthy marketplace competition for prescription drugs to lower the out-of-pocket costs for hardworking Minnesotans.”
Here is a more complete look at the legislation Rep. Craig has led to providing quality health care to more Americans:
Expand Access to Quality Care and Health Insurance Access
- Authored the bipartisan State Health Care Premium Reduction Act which would lower health insurance premiums for people in the individual market by 8%.
- Authored the Stop Health Premium Spikes Act, which would help mitigate the drastic health care premium increases expected as a result of the unanticipated surge in medical care costs due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Experts project these increases could be anywhere between 4% to 40%.
- Cosponsored the Medicare-X Choice Act of 2019, which would establish an affordable, public health plan to make affordable health care a reality.
Lower Out-of-Pocket Costs, Including Prescription Drug Prices
- Introduced the bipartisan Insulin Data Collection Act, which would finally collect data needed to fully understand the effects of the insulin affordability crisis.
- Introduced the Emergency Access to Insulin Act, which would provide states with federal grants to set up short-term emergency insulin supplies for uninsured and underinsured patients, help patients find affordable insulin options long-term and penalize big pharmaceutical companies for excessive price increases.
- Helped introduce the Price Relief, Innovation, and Competition for Essential Drugs (PRICED) Act, which would shorten the market exclusivity period for biologic drugs from 12 years to five years.
- Additionally, she has cosponsored several pieces of legislation aimed to further drive down the skyrocketing piece of prescription drugs.