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

Caucuses:

  • Heroin Task Force

  • Assisting Caregivers Today Caucus

  • Women’s Caucus

Letters:

More on Health Care

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.

July 16, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI-09) have introduced bipartisan legislation to better tailor support for the 40 million family caregivers who provide in-home care to loved ones. This care allows families to avoid expensive hospitalization and assisted living facilities, and preserves the freedom and personal wellbeing of sick and older Americans. The Supporting Family Caregivers Act would help identify the specific needs of family caregivers to improve the quality of resources available to them.

July 11, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has introduced legislation along with Congressman Brindisi (NY-22) and Congressman Reed (NY-23) to return millions in Medicare payments back to North Country hospitals. This legislation will fix an error the Medicare contractor for New York and New England made when determining a Medicare payment adjustment called the Volume Decrease Adjustment (VDA). This error has forced a total of 16 rural hospitals to repay more than $15 million with an interest rate of over 9 percent.

June 27, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is an original cosponsor of the Protecting People from Surprise Medical Bills Act. This bipartisan legislation prohibits health care providers and insurers from balance billing patients for unanticipated care for which they are not covered, and ensures patients are only responsible for cost-sharing within their insurance coverage.

June 26, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has cosponsored the Ticks: Identify, Control, Knockout (TICK) Act, a bicameral and bipartisan bill to establish an office of oversight and coordination for tick-borne diseases. This office will be focused on prevention and treatment, expanding research, improving testing, increasing public awareness, and affordability of treatment.

May 21, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik was presented with an award by the New York State Academy of Family Physicians for her recognition of the value of family medicine and primary care, and her dedication to providing health care access for North Country families.

May 10, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and Congressman Derek Kilmer (D-WA) introduced the Protecting Local Access to Care for Everyone (PLACE) Act to allow regional hospitals in rural communities to continue to provide care. This bipartisan legislation would roll back a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) policy that would cut Medicare reimbursements by up to 60% for basic clinic visits at all multi-campus regional hospitals.

May 2, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is a co-lead of the Opioid Workforce Act, which will provide Medicare support for an additional 1,000 graduate medical school residency positions to combat the opioid crisis across the country. This will allow hospitals and other medical facilities to access resources to train doctors in treating substance abuse and pain management more effectively.

April 2, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is a co-lead on the School-Based Health Centers Reauthorization Act along with Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD). This bipartisan legislation will reauthorize the School-Based Health Centers (SBHC) program through 2024 and provide SBHCs with federal funding to continue providing students with affordable health care. There are 262 SBHC’s in New York State that serve over 256,000 students.