Health Care

Healthcare is such a critically important issue and I have heard from many of you who have shared your thoughts and concerns regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  While I agree the ACA needs improvement, depriving 24 million Americans of affordable healthcare is not the solution.  As you may know, the ACA contains provisions intended to allow more Americans to access quality healthcare by increasing the primary care and public health workforce, promoting preventive services, and strengthening quality controls, among other things.

The Republican alternative has many deficiencies including eliminating coverage for preexisting conditions and undoing Medicaid expansion; which are just a sampling of what is vital to so many individuals in our district.  Additionally, their cruel and reckless plan would rob too many Americans of the healthcare coverage they now have.

It is my firm belief that access to healthcare is not a privilege, but a right.  Therefore, I am in strong opposition to attempts to deny Americans the healthcare coverage they deserve and will continue to fight any efforts to undermine their healthcare.

More on Health Care

Aug 11, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), joined by a bipartisan coalition of 92 House Representatives, called on House leadership to protect patients and medical professionals by waiving pending rate cuts to Medicare and Medicaid services.  The letter also urged Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to require the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to study how COVID-19 has impacted access to critical health services in underserved urban and rural Health Professional Shortage Areas.

Jul 31, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 7617, which includes six FY2021 spending bills: Defense, Commerce-Justice-Science, Energy and Water Development, Financial Services and General Government, Labor-HHS-Education, and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development; and last Friday, the House also passed H.R. 7608, which consisted of four bills to fund federal departments, including State, Agriculture, Interior, and Veterans Affairs for FY2021, which runs from October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021.

Jul 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTONToday, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted an amendment to the Environment and Interior Division of H.R. 7608, proposed by Congressman Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.), and Congressman A. Donald McEachin (D-Va.), and which would block Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from finalizing an insufficiently protective National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for PM 2.5, or soot.

Jul 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) sent a letter to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), calling on the agency to create a program entitled the “Black Women’s Healthy Heart Program,” which would which would focus directly on increasing awareness of both the risks to and prevention tools available for Black women.

Jul 7, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) applauded the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for their proposed changes to the Medicare End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS), which would improve the quality of life for countless beneficiaries by providing more home dialysis treatment through increased access to new, innovative, and user-friendly home dialysis machines.