Health Care

Congresswoman Stefanik believes we need to reform healthcare with common sense solutions to lower costs, improve quality and increase accessibility for North Country families. This includes protecting those with pre-existing conditions; allowing families and businesses to shop for insurance across state lines; pursuing real tort reform; fighting the waste, fraud and abuse that costs our health care system billions each year; and allowing individuals and families to purchase insurance on the same tax-advantaged basis as businesses.

Health Care Reform Legislation

Congresswoman Stefanik has a strong record when it comes to working in a bipartisan fashion on healthcare, including writing the largest fix to Obamacare last Congress that was signed into law by President Obama -- the repeal of the auto-enrollment mandate.

Throughout the legislative process and debate on the future of healthcare, Congresswoman Stefanik fought for a patient-centered approach to ensure those with pre-existing conditions were protected.

She also co-authored legislation that passed the House unanimously to ensure that Members of Congress and their staffs would abide by the same rules as everyone else.

Advancing the Healthcare Needs of Our District

Congresswoman Stefanik is a strong advocate for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that supports over 21,000 children in our district. She has consistently voted to reauthorize this bipartisan program.

Additionally, Congresswoman Stefanik is a strong advocate for the rural healthcare needs. She is a supporter of the 340b prescription drug program that is used by constituents across our district. She also is a cosponsor of H.R. 1955, the Rural Hospital Access Act – bipartisan legislation to ensure that funding is secured on a permanent basis for Medicare Dependent and Low-Volume hospitals, an important issue for rural hospitals in our region.

In 2016, Congresswoman Stefanik helped pass the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act – bipartisan legislation she cosponsored to reform the federal mental health system. This legislation was signed into law by President Obama.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Congresswoman Stefanik consistently advocated for rural hospitals in the North Country and was able to secure millions of dollars in important federal funding to support them. She worked with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to re-write a specific formula to allow more hospitals in the district to qualify for federal funding. 

Congresswoman Stefanik is committed to continuing to work with her colleagues on legislation to build a healthcare system that lowers costs, improves quality, and increases access for North Country families.

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Legislation introduced by Congresswoman Stefanik:

  • H.R.489 - Protecting Rural Access to Care Act

  • H.R.3112 - Be Open Act – Legislation to repeal the auto-enrollment mandate

  • H.R. 284 – Advancing Medical Resident Training in Community Hospitals Act

  • H.R. 4334 - Supporting Older Americans Act

  • H.R. 2328 - Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence Act

  • H.R. 2075 - School-Based Health Centers Reauthorization Act

  • H.R. 3672 - ARC Act

  • H.R. 2552 - Protecting Local Access to Care for Everyone Act

  • H.R. 3414 - Opioid Workforce Act

Legislation cosponsored by Congresswoman Stefanik:

  • H.Res.61 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Medicare and Social Security provide an essential benefit for current enrollees and should be strengthened for future generations

  • H.R.566 - To amend section 105(a) of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award a grant to a nonprofit entity for a national child abuse hotline

  • H.R.892 - To amend the Public Health Service Act to prohibit application of pre-existing condition exclusions and to guarantee availability of health insurance coverage in the individual and group market, contingent on the enactment of legislation repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

  • H.R.1193 - To amend title IV of the Public Health Service Act to direct the Director of the National Institutes of Health, in consultation with the Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, shall establish a program under which the Director of the National Institutes of Health shall support or conduct research on valvular heart disease

  • H.R.554 - SAVE Moms and Babies Act of 2021

  • H.R.28 - Protecting Life in Crisis Act

  • H.R. 3032 – Mental Health Access Improvement Act

  • H.R. 3692 – Addiction Treatment Access Improvement Act

  • H.R. 3926 – Community CARE Act

  • H.R. 3976 – to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to allow for certain third party payments

  • H.R. 7071 - Accelerating Access to Critical Therapies for ALS Act

  • H.R. 6482 - Protecting Our Pharmaceutical Supply Chain from China Act 

  • H.R. 6365 - Immediate Relief for Rural Facilities and Providers Act

  • H.R. 6283 - Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act

  • H.R. 5572 - Family Support Services for Addiction Act

  • H.R. 4945 - Safeguarding Medicare Access to Respiratory Therapy Act

  • H.R. 3502 - Protecting People From Surprise Medical Bills Act

  • H.R. 3107 - Improving Seniors' Timely Access to Care Act

  • H.R. 6847 - ACCESS Act 

  • HR. 19 - Lower Costs, More Cures Act

  • H.R. 5299 - Stamp Out Lyme Disease Act

  • H.R. 4945 - Safeguarding Medicare Access to Respiratory Therapy Act 

Caucuses:

  • Heroin Task Force

  • Assisting Caregivers Today Caucus

  • Women’s Caucus

More on Health Care

April 14, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Stefanik announced the North Country Family Health Center in Watertown, New York will receive a $1,738,591 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Congresswoman Stefanik issued the following statement: "As we forge ahead in the battle against the pandemic, I am especially proud to announce this significant funding for the North Country Family Health Center, which provides critical services for seniors, families, and children."

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March 17, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Stefanik announced the Department of Health and Human Services is awarding $3,024,292 to Hudson Headwaters Health Network.

February 26, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Stefanik joined House Republicans and Democrats in sending a letter to Acting Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Norris Cochran, requesting he immediately restore access to lawful drug discounts under the 340B Program for hospitals and community health centers that are presently being refused the discounts by drug manufacturing companies.

February 24, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Stefanik met with members of the Center for Lyme Action, an organization dedicated to increasing federal funding for Lyme Disease research, diagnostics, and treatments. Lyme Disease continues to impact the lives of many residents in the North Country, particularly throughout the Adirondack region. The Center for Lyme Action awarded Congresswoman Stefanik with the 2021 Lyme Champion Award for her work on this issue.

February 8, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC - This week, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik co-sponsored the Pre-Existing Conditions Protection Act which she previously co-sponsored in past Congresses. The legislation guarantees access to health insurance coverage, prohibits pre-existing condition benefit exclusions, and bans premium ratings based on health status – reaffirming Congresswoman Stefanik’s commitment to uphold safeguards and protect insurance coverage for North Country residents with pre-existing conditions.

February 3, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik announced the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is awarding a $4,000,000 grant to support mental health and substance abuse disorder programs in New York’s 21st Congressional District.

February 2, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC - Tonight, the Lewis County Legislature passed a resolution in support of Congresswoman Stefanik's legislation, the Protecting Rural Access to Care Act. Congresswoman Stefanik introduced the bill last week to ensure financially vulnerable rural hospitals are not at-risk of losing their Critical Access Hospital designation over an administrative policy change. The Critical Access Hospital designation provides hospitals enhanced reimbursement rates to keep essential healthcare services in rural communities.

February 2, 2021 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik sent a letter, co-signed by Representative Brian Fitzpatrick, to the Biden Administration asking the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to immediately update their guidance to ensure cancer patients have priority access to the COVID-19 Vaccination.

February 1, 2021 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik co-signed a letter to leadership requesting they immediately bring 13 bills focused on addressing mental health to the floor. Each of the bills passed in the 116th Congress with bipartisan support.

January 27, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C.  – In 2019, Congresswoman Stefanik co-sponsored and helped pass the TICK Act, which developed the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) framework for a national strategy to approach vector-borne diseases. Due to that legislation, the CDC’s recent report indicates that cases of tick-borne Lyme disease may actually be more than 10 times higher than previous records indicated – an alarming but important new discovery that will help fight the spread of tick-borne illnesses.