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Health Care

The Affordable Care Act

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 and believes we need to work in a bipartisan manner to keep improving our health care system. 

Susan has been standing up the attacks on the ACA, opposing numerous attempts to repeal the 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 million young adults are getting coverage on their parents' insurance plans
  • 9.4 millions of seniors have saved $15 billion 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 the Affordable Care Act

A number of bills Susan has sponsored were 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 a 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 a bipartisan effort to ensure full funding for medical research at the NIH to fight diseases and improve health.  The Omnibus Appropriations bill for FY17 contained $34 billion in funding 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 with dignity and receive the health care 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.

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. Susan recently led an effort to find a long-term bipartisan solution to ensure these vital health centers remain funded in the future. 

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