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

Mar 27, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — In a recent letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) requested that both agencies look for solutions to safely expedite the option of home dialysis in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mar 26, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Following a request led by U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) and Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-Ga.), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced that it would allow pathologists to perform their important testing capabilities remotely to help address the coronavirus pandemic.

Mar 25, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, calling on Director Michael Carvajal to release elderly, nonviolent prisoners in an attempt to mitigate any risk of infection to the prison population.

Mar 24, 2020 Press Release

CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) applauded the news that MetroSouth Medical Center will reopen to serve quarantined coronavirus patients just days after the Congressman called on Governor Pritzker to use his executive authorities to reopen the facility amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Mar 19, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Yesterday, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) sent letters to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Illinois Governor JB Pritzker calling on each of them to ensure that healthcare facilities receive the necessary funding and flexibility to address the coronavirus pandemic.  Rep. Rush also stressed the importance of directly funding healthcare facilities, particularly for underserved hospitals and Community Health Centers, both of which primarily serve low-income patients.