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

Apr 30, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) led a group of 88 House Democrats calling on the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to require the use of masks, gloves, eyewear, and any PPE that may be appropriate for transportation workers, frontline Federal employees, and the passengers they interact with.

Apr 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) returned to Washington D.C. and voted in support of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which will increase funding for small businesses, hospitals, and nationwide testing amid the coronavirus pandemic.  The bill passed the House 388-5-1.

Apr 17, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTONIn a recent letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill) and Bill Posey (R-Fla.) led a bipartisan group of Members of Congress in calling on CMS to fully maximize consumer choice, quality care, and health outcomes of dialysis patients by making necessary adjustments to the Transitional Add-on Payment Adjustment for New and Innovative Equipment and Supplies (TPNIES).

Apr 7, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — In light of the alarming racial disparities between white and black Americans regarding coronavirus deaths, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) called on the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure that data, clinical trials, and access to vaccines and treatments include African-American communities.

Mar 27, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) applauded the passage of H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  This historic piece of legislation provides direct cash payments to Americans, expands unemployment benefits, and makes available emergency grants and loans for small businesses across the 1st Congressional District of Illinois and the nation.  The bill passed the House by voice vote.