Expanding access to affordable, quality health care without putting bureaucrats between patients and doctors has been one of my top priorities in Congress. I speak with constituents frequently who are struggling to afford health care in Kentucky and have been forced to purchase low quality, high cost insurance that their doctor may not even accept.

That is why I have:

  • Voted to close the Medicare Part D donut hole through the Bipartisan Budget Act. Because of this vote, Medicare beneficiaries will save $6.7 billion in premiums and cost sharing over the next seven years.
  • Cosponsored H.R. 892, the Pre-Existing Conditions Protection Act of 2021, guaranteeing protections for people with pre-existing conditions regardless of whether Obamacare is repealed.
  • Cosponsored the Childhood Cancer STAR, which invested in pediatric cancer research and treatments.
  • Cosponsored H.R. 3502, Protecting People from Surprise Medical Bills Act.  This legislation ensures patients are not subject to costs associated with medical care that comes from emergency care.  The legislation also applies to costs associated with care where a patient reasonably believed that they received care that was in-network. 
  • Cosponsored H.R. 2073, Protecting Medical Innovation Act of 2019, to repeal the disastrous Obamacare 2.3% Medical Device Tax.
  • Cosponsored H.R. 2073, to permanently extend the 7.5% medical expense deduction.
  • Voted numerous times to protect the American people from the consequences of the Affordable Care Act by supporting the American Health Care Act, which would deliver relief to families across Kentucky, increase choice, and lower costs.
  • Supported the University of Kentucky’s application to renew its National Cancer Institution designation for the Markey Cancer Center.
  • Supported the repeal of the individual mandate, which penalized Americans for not purchasing an insurance plan that was too expensive or they did not want.
  • Signed letter to House leadership in support of robust funding for Community Health Centers in FY21 Appropriations.
  • Supported policies that increase and transparency to reduce the costs of prescription drugs and medical treatments. I have also supported several pieces of legislation to delay and repeal the Affordable Care Act’s costly tax provisions that pass over $1 trillion in higher costs onto families and job creators.
  • Continue to support medical research funding through the NIH, which offer researchers a vital opportunity to perform pioneering research that will ultimately cure some of the most deadly and serious diseases impacting human health, including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

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