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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

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.

Apr 22, 2016 Editorial

Nothing brought home the future effects that climate change will have on us more acutely than the massive methane gas leak that struck Porter Ranch in California.

The health impacts were startling. Resident’s reported instances of dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headaches, or nosebleeds. Children, who can be particularly vulnerable, were among those reporting illnesses.

It was a rare opportunity to look into the future of what climate change, if ignored, has in store for humanity.

Apr 22, 2016 In The News

Nothing brought home the future effects that climate change will have on us more acutely than the massive methane gas leak that struck Porter Ranch in California.

The health impacts were startling. Resident’s reported instances of dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headaches, or nosebleeds. Children, who can be particularly vulnerable, were among those reporting illnesses.

It was a rare opportunity to look into the future of what climate change, if ignored, has in store for humanity.

Mar 25, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON–Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) is leading a drive to boost federal funding for medical research. In a bipartisan letter to House appropriators, 196 members of the House joined Davis in urging $34.5 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Mar 23, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) praised a decision by the Obama Administration to expand Medicare to cover diabetes prevention in seniors. The administrative action is modeled after Davis’s Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act. Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, announced the expansion as well as the results of clinical study showing these programs prevent diabetes and reduce health care costs.

Mar 22, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – As millions of elderly Americans face economic challenges to sustain quality health care and in home supportive services, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) voted to renew support programs vital to seniors. The House passed its renewal of the Older Americans Act, which provides critical social and nutritional services, such as meal delivery and respite care.

Dec 10, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Susan Davis joined 37 of her colleagues in a letter led by Rep. Juan Vargas asking President Obama to significantly increase funding for the National Institutes of Health in his FY2017 budget request.

Jul 30, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid with a promise of continued support for these vital health care programs.

“For 50 years, Medicare and Medicaid have been a promise made to our elderly, low-income families, and disabled,” said Davis. “Choosing between basic necessities, like food or housing, and health care, as so many seniors had to do half a century ago, is simply unacceptable. It’s a promise we must keep.”

Jul 14, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – As the Older Americans Act turns 50, Congresswoman Susan Davis called for reauthorization of the program that provides millions of seniors and their caregivers with social and nutrition services.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to the older generations who built and kept our country safe and strong,” said Davis. “They deserve the right to live with dignity and independence. The OAA allows seniors to do that. It’s long overdue that we renew this law to ensure that it meets the needs of today’s older Americans and is there for future generations.”