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House Health Leaders Condemn Final Rule to Erode Anti-Discrimination Protections Under the ACA

07.09.20   WASHINGTON - The chairs of the House committees with jurisdiction over health care condemned the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for finalizing a rule that weakens protections under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for LGBTQIA+ individuals, women, people with limited English proficiency, immigrants, people of color, people with disabilities, and patients from other marginalized communities and urged HHS Secretary Alex Azar to immediately rescind it. The letter was signed by House Edu… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on Trump v. Pennsylvania

07.09.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled in Trump v. Pennsylvania that, under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, employers can claim a religious or moral objection to deny workers health insurance coverage for contraceptive care. "The passage of the Affordable Care Act a decade ago was a major milestone in our effort to ensure all Americans have access to safe and affordable contraceptive care. Unfortunately, the Su… Continue Reading


Democratic Health Leaders Reassert Request to Trump Administration to Help Uninsured and Underinsured

06.15.20   WASHINGTON - Bicameral Democratic Health Committee leaders wrote to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma today to reassert their request for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) to help the millions of uninsured and underinsured Americans sign up for health insurance coverage amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. According to estimates, more than 20 million Americans who recently lost their e… Continue Reading


House Health Committee Chairs Blast Trump Administration’s Attack on ACA’s Nondiscrimination Protections

06.12.20   WASHINGTON - Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA), Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA), and Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement today after the Trump Administration finalized a discriminatory rule overturning key health programs and nondiscrimination protections for marginalized populations, including LGBTQIA+ people, women, individuals with disabilitie… Continue Reading


House Health Leaders Oppose Rule to Roll Back ACA Nondiscrimination Protections

05.01.20   WASHINGTON - Today, Chairs of the House Committees that oversee the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) voiced their strong opposition to a harmful Trump administration rule that would roll backAffordable Care Act (ACA) nondiscrimination protections. In a letter, House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA), House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), and House Oversight and R… Continue Reading


Democratic Health Leaders Urge Verma to Withdraw Proposals that Increase Health Costs and Kick Thousands Off Coverage

03.06.20   WASHINGTON - Bicameral Democratic health leaders wrote to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma today urging the agency to withdraw its proposed policies included in a February proposed rule that would result in higher out-of-pocket costs for millions of Americans and thousands of low-income families losing their health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The letter was signed by House Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA), Ho… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on Fifth Circuit Court’s Ruling in Texas Case

12.18.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement released the following statement regarding the Fifth Circuit Court's decision in Texas v. United States. "Today, Republican attorneys general and the Trump administration took another step toward stripping access to affordable health care from millions of Americans. The latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act is legally frivolous. The argument that the absence of a monetary penalty for failing to purchase coverage inva… Continue Reading


Committee Chairs Call on Trump Administration to Abandon Rollback of Anti-Discrimination Protections in Health Care

08.15.19   WASHINGTON - Today, Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (MA-01), and Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar urging the Department to withdraw a proposal that would severely undermine civil rights protections under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On June 14, 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services published a proposed rule that would … Continue Reading


Top Democrats File Amicus Brief Opposing the Unlawful Expansion of Junk Insurance Plans

07.24.19   WASHINGTON - Top House Democrats filed an amicus brief in federal court this week opposing the Trump administration's unlawful expansion of association health plans (AHPs), which purposefully circumvents key consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The brief was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit, which is hearing the administration's appeal of a district court ruling that the administration's attempt to expand is unlawful. In the brief, the Democr… Continue Reading


Committees Call on White House and DOJ to Stop Withholding Documents on Decision to Attack the Constitutionality of the ACA and Undermine Pre-Existing Condition Protections

05.14.19   WASHINTON-Five House Committees sent letters to the White House and the Department of Justice demanding documents in response to a request made more than a month ago regarding the Trump Administration's sudden decision to reverse its legal position in court and assert that the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) should be held unconstitutional. The letters were signed by Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah E. Cummings, Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr., Co… Continue Reading


Scott, Foxx Statement on Surprise Medical Billing

05.09.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) and Ranking Member Virginia Foxx (NC-05) released the following joint statement after the White House summit on surprise medical billing. "Last month, this Committee held the first-ever congressional hearing on surprise medical billing. That discussion revealed bipartisan support for a solution that protects patients and their families from the financial and emotional harm of unexpected out-of-pocket health care costs. We remain committed to working ac… Continue Reading


Education and Labor Committee Approves Bill to Reverse the Trump Administration’s Expansion of Short-Term, Junk Health Plans

04.09.19   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and Labor approved H.R. 1010, legislation to reverse the Trump administration's "Short-Term, Limited Duration Insurance" rule. The bill would strengthen consumer protections and shield Americans from higher health care costs by halting the expansion of short-term health plans, otherwise known as junk plans. On August 3, 2018, the Trump administration finalized a rule to expand short-term, limited duration plans, adding to the long list of its effor… Continue Reading


House Chairs Seek Documents from Trump Administration on Sudden Decision to Stop Defending Health Care Law

04.09.19   WASHINGTON -Five House Committee Chairs sent letters to the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the White House requesting documents and information regarding the involvement of White House officials in the Administration's troubling decision to not defend the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The letters were signed by Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott, Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah E. Cum… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott: AHP Ruling is a Victory for Workers, Consumers

03.28.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after a federal court partially invalidated the Trump administration's rule expanding the reach of Association Health Plans (AHPs). "Today's ruling is an important victory for workers and consumers who would be harmed by the administration's decision to expand the reach of association health plans. The Department of Labor's final rule is one of numerous examples of this administration's efforts to sabotage the Affordable C… Continue Reading


House Health Committee Leaders Blast Trump Administration’s Refusal to Defend the ACA, Imperiling Health Care for Millions

03.26.19   WASHINGTON - House Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA), Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), and Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) issued the following joint statement today after the Trump administration wrote to the Fifth Circuit urging the court to uphold the district court ruling in Texas v. United States striking down the entirety of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). "The Trump Administration is now actively supporting a lawsuit that would cause millio… Continue Reading


Democratic Health Leaders Tell Trump to End Attacks on Americans’ Health Care

11.16.18   WASHINGTON - Democratic leaders on health care committees in the House and Senate today called on the Trump administration to cease their continued attacks on affordable, comprehensive health care for Americans, following a proposed change to the interpretation of Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act that would further open the door to junk insurance plans and undermine health care for people with pre-existing conditions. "We write to express our serious concerns that the Administration's ne… Continue Reading


Democratic Health Leaders Raise Concerns about Undermining Comprehensive Health Care

06.19.18   WASHINGTON - Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03), Ways and Means Ranking Member Richard Neal (MA-01), and Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) issued the following statement after the Department of Labor finalized a rule to rollback health coverage protections by expanding association health plans. "The administration's rule expanding the use of association health plans is yet another attack on Americans' access to affordable health care. By … Continue Reading


Democratic Health Leaders Respond to Trump Administration’s Attack on Access to Affordable Care and the Rule of Law

06.08.18   WASHINGTON - Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03), Ways and Means Ranking Member Richard Neal (MA-01), and Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) issued the following statement after the Department of Justice told a federal court that it will not defend the key patient protections in Affordable Care Act. The brief, filed yesterday in Texas v United States, breaks with the Department's longstanding tradition of defending laws enacted by Congress r… Continue Reading


In Secretary Azar’s First Appearance Before the Committee, Democrats Seek Answers on Health Care Sabotage, Attacks on Civil Rights

06.06.18   WASHINGTON - Today, in Secretary Alexander Azar's first appearance before the Committee, Democrats expressed deep concerns about the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sabotage of the Affordable Care Act, its proposed cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and other health programs, and its efforts to erode basic civil rights protections for people across the country, particularly women and LGBTQ Americans. Members used the rare opportunity to question Secretary Azar to seek explanations for t… Continue Reading


Ranking Member Scott Statement on Executive Order to Cut Benefits

04.11.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) asking Departments to examine federal programs that support working families. "The Trump administration and Congressional Republicans want to pay for their $1.5 trillion tax cut for the wealthy and corporations by undermining federal programs on which millions of working families depend. By adding unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles and punitive work requirements, th… Continue Reading

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