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Health Care

Susan discusses healthcare issues with doctors and patients during a visit to Family Health Centers of San Diego.

 

Health Care Reform

Susan believes that all Americans deserve affordable, quality health care. Prior to the Affordable Care Act, 50 million Americans were without health insurance and millions more were at risk of losing their insurance. Susan proudly supported the health care reform law.

With the new law now fully implemented, here are some provisions that are already helping San Diego families:

  • 20 million previously uninsured Americans have gained health coverage under the ACA
  • Individuals are no longer denied coverage based on a pre-existing condition
  • Insurance companies can’t cancel policies when a patient gets sick
  • 105 million Americans no longer have lifetime limits on health coverage
  • Small businesses receive tax credits for covering their workers
  • 5.7 millions young adults are getting coverage on their parents' insurance plans
  • 9.4 millions of seniors have saved $15 billions on their prescription drugs

To enroll in and learn about health care benefits under the ACA, you may visit www.coveredca.com or call  (800) 300-1506.  If you have any problems or questions, you may also call my district office at (619) 280-5353. 

Susan’s Contribution to Heath Care Reform

The health care reform law put in place important consumer protections that were long overdue for patients across our country.  Legislation that Susan authored was included in the final law:

Getting women direct access to their OB/GYN – The Women's Obstetrician and Gynecologist Medical Access Now Act of 2010 provides women direct access to an OB/GYN It prohibits health insurance plans or issuers from requiring a referral or prior approval for woman to see an OB/GYN.
 
Working to Prevent Diabetes – The Diabetes Prevention Act of 2010 provides grants for a community-based approach to preventing new cases of type 2 Diabetes.  New cases of diabetes are growing at an alarming rate – even beginning to appear in children – and Susan wants to help reverse this trend.

Maintaining Viability of Birth Centers – The Medicaid Birth Center Reimbursement Act of 2010 preserves crucial maternal healthcare by ensuring Medicaid birth center facility fee payments are made to states. Susan became concerned that the federal government was disallowing federal matching funds for state Medicaid payments for birth center facility fees. Birth centers are part of an essential safety net for Medicaid mothers across the country.

Fighting For Medical Research Funding

Every day, dedicated professionals at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) conduct critical research that improves our citizens’ health and sustains our global scientific and economic leadership. In San Diego, we are privileged to have several eminent institutions doing this work, and Susan understands the significance of continuing to support them so their developments can keep Americans healthier.

That’s why she has consistently fought for NIH funding, a significant portion of which goes to San Diego.  In Congress, Susan is bringing her colleagues together in bipartisan effort to ensure full funding for medical research at the NIH to fight diseases and improve health.  The Omnibus Appropriations bill for FY16 contained $32.1 billion for the NIH. Davis is working to increase NIH funding in future budgets.

Protecting and Improving Healthcare for Seniors

Our nation’s seniors have worked hard their whole lives.  Susan believes that seniors deserve to retire in dignity and receive the healthcare coverage promised to them through Medicare. 

Diabetes Prevention for Seniors

Susan introduced the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act to extend the proven benefits of the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) to seniors under Medicare. Established as a result of Davis’s Diabetes Prevention Act, the DPP provides grants to health and community organizations to help those with pre-diabetes prevent the full onset of type 2 diabetes.

In a clinical trial, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that the DPP helps patients with prediabetes reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent. For seniors over age 60 the trial was even more effective, reducing risk by 71 percent.

The Obama Administration recently announced its intention to expand Medicare to cover diabetes prevention in seniors. The administrative action would accomplish what Davis has proposed legislatively under her bill.

Preserving Medicare

Susan has opposed budgets that would end the guarantee of Medicare for seniors.  Susan opposes changing Medicare into a voucher program that would leave our seniors at the mercy of private insurance companies and increase their out-of-pocket expenses. 

Community Health Centers

Community health centers can literally be a lifeline for the uninsured or underinsured. Susan fights in Congress to ensure the centers in our region have the resources they need to take care of those who rely on their services.

 

More on Health Care

May 24, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) released the following statement on the new report issued by the Congressional Budget Office on TrumpCare.

“The CBO report confirms the fears I have been hearing from my constituents. TrumpCare will still leave millions uninsured, increase premiums, and discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions. It’s not too late for Republicans to join with Democrats and work together to build on the success of the Affordable Care Act.”

May 19, 2017 Editorial

Nothing defines our values more as a nation than the budget and the investments we make for the future of American families.

These investments signal what’s important and what direction we want to take our nation.

Investments in education indicate the value we put on the future we want for our children. They say we want our kids to be better off than we are now.

Investments in the environment say we want clean air and clean water to protect the health of current and future generations.

May 4, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego) released the following statement on the House passing the Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“You know a bill is bad when the Republicans' best argument for it is ‘Don’t worry, the bill will be changed in the Senate.’

“It’s a sad day for the constituents who called my office worried about losing their coverage.  This bill will provide fewer protections, less coverage, and higher costs. All to pay for a major tax cut for millionaires.”

Apr 6, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – As President Trump calls for dramatic cuts to life-saving medical research, Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA-53) led a bipartisan group of House members in an effort to increase in budget for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Davis’s letter to House appropriators urges $36 billion for medical research and was signed by 206 members of the House. Trump is proposing a nearly 20 percent cut in NIH funding.

Mar 24, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA) released the following statement on the failure of Republicans to pass Trumpcare.

Mar 13, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) released the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office report on the GOP bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“It is clear the Republican healthcare repeal will hurt more people than it will help. The CBO reports their bill will result in 24 million Americans losing access to healthcare.

Feb 28, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) released the following statement on President Trump’s speech before a joint session of Congress.

“What we heard tonight was not the inspiring call to action that is needed. The president’s attempt at unifying the nation fell flat. The divisive rhetoric he has used over the past years is not going to be healed by a few words in a speech.

Jan 27, 2017 Editorial

Opponents of the Affordable Care Act took a major step closer toward repealing the law this month.

Republicans, with Democrats unified in opposition, passed a budget resolution that will allow the repeal of the health care law with just 51 votes in the Senate.

Within hours of assuming office, President Trump signed an executive order directing federal agencies to look for ways to begin dismantling the health care law.

We cannot allow ourselves to get so caught up in the politics of the moment that we ignore the human tragedy of repealing health care.

Jan 23, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) released the following statement on President Trump reinstating the Global Gag Rule, also known as the Mexico City Policy. His Executive Order will restrict U.S. funding to organizations that provide basic health care and family planning services to the poorest families around the world.

“Reinstating the global gag rule is a threat to women’s health around the world. Studies have shows that access to family planning services actually reduces incidents of abortion.

Oct 7, 2016 In The News

It only took seven months but Republicans in Congress finally fulfilled President Barack Obama’s request for emergency funding to fight the Zika virus. The president asked Congress for $1.8 billion back in February.

On Sept. 28, Congress sent the president a spending bill, which included $1.1 billion for Zika.

Why did it take so long? Because of the same political game playing that we’ve seen in past attempts to fund the government.

In May, the Senate passed a bipartisan bill on an overwhelming vote of 89 to 8. Then the House majority got a hold of it.