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 introduced the Community Health Investment, Modernization and Excellence (CHIME) Act of 2017, to extend the Community Health Centers Fund for five years. Federally Qualified Community Health Centers like Hudson Headwaters, North Country Family Health, and the Community Health Center of the North Country provide over 95,000 people in the North Country with critical healthcare and preventative services, and it’s important to the needs of our community that this funding be extended. The overwhelming bipartisan support for CHIME was instrumental in passing legislation in the House to extend the Community Health Center Fund for two years.

Congresswoman Stefanik is also 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.

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

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

  • H.R. 3770 – Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence Act

Legislation cosponsored by Congresswoman Stefanik:

  • H.R. 173 – Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act

  • H.R. 184 – Protect Medical Innovation Act

  • H.R. 246 – to repeal the annual fee on health insurance providers enacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

  • H.R. 548 – Health Care Safety Net Enhancement Act

  • H.R. 592 – Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act

  • H.R. 664 – Stem the Tide of Overdose Prevalence from Opiate Drugs Act

  • H.R. 820 – Childhood Cancer STAR Act

  • H.R. 849 – Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act

  • H.R. 1101 – Small Business Health Fairness Act

  • H.R. 1121 – Pre-existing Conditions Protection Act

  • H.R. 1204 – Responsible Additions and Increases to Sustain Employee Health Benefits Act

  • H.R. 1304 – Self-Insurance Protection Act

  • H.R. 1316 – Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act

  • H.R. 1421 – Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act

  • H.R. 1825 – Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act

  • H.R. 1955 – Rural Hospital Access 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


  • Heroin Task Force

  • Assisting Caregivers Today Caucus

  • Women’s Caucus


More on Health Care

December 17, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik released the below statement following the House passage of FY2020 Appropriations to keep the government open:

December 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has cosponsored the Specialty Treatment to Access and Referrals (STAR) Act. This legislation establishes a grant program to provide Community Health Centers with the resources they need to build out their telehealth capabilities. Telehealth systems allow doctors to communicate with one another to discuss referrals, and for patients to personally interface with doctors online. Telehealth systems can significantly improve access to specialist care and reduce the need for primary care physicians to conduct such work.

December 11, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is an original cosponsor to H.R. 19, the Lower Costs, More Cures Act – the bipartisan policy solution to Speaker Pelosi’s partisan drug pricing legislation. The Lower Costs, More Cures Act is a package of over 40 provisions previously introduced to lower out-of-pocket spending, ensure new medicines and cures are not heavily taxed, strengthen transparency and accountability, and champion competition in the medical community. Each provision has bipartisan support.

October 30, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – In concert with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has announced three new grants totaling $375,000 to prevent youth substance abuse in New York’s 21st Congressional District.

October 25, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik sent a letter urging the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to address the lack of individuals living with Alzheimer’s accessing the new Medicare benefit that provides for assessment and care planning. In 2017, CMS established this new benefit, yet recent data indicates that less than 1% of eligible recipients utilized it.

October 17, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik spoke in the Education and Labor Committee Markup of H.R. 3 today and offered an amendment to promote medical breakthroughs in the fight against Alzheimer’s by excluding drugs used to treat or cure the disease from the list of drugs the HHS secretary can select for government price controls.

October 1, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik sent a letter to House and Senate Leadership last week along with a bipartisan group of the New York Congressional delegation urging the repeal of the medical device tax. This comes ahead of the expiration of the medical device tax suspension occurring on December 31, 2019.

September 19, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Congresswoman Stefanik led the bipartisan Dignity in Aging Act, a reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, as it advanced through the Education and Labor Committee. The bill improves the delivery of services so aging Americans can remain in their communities, while including the critical enhancements from three pieces of legislation she introduced this Congress.

September 10, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik testified before the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee ahead of their discussion and debate of several pieces of legislation concerning veterans’ health care tomorrow. One of the pieces of legislation being discussed is Congresswoman Stefanik’s bill, the Vietnam Era Veterans Hepatitis C Testing Enhancement Act, which was introduced earlier this year.