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.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. 8025 - Protecting Rural Access to Care 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.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

November 24, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C.  – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is now a cosponsor of the Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act, bipartisan legislation that would allow Medicare beneficiaries access to chiropractic approaches to pain management. Currently, Medicare does not cover chiropractic practices like joint mobilization, physiological therapies, soft tissue management techniques, and other similar treatments. This bill expands Medicare beneficiaries’ access to these services for pain management. 

November 24, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C.  – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is now a cosponsor of the Accelerating Access to Critical Therapies for ALS Act, bipartisan legislation that supports funding for research and treatments for ALS. This legislation retains a grant program that funds access to investigational ALS treatments and builds on the FDA’s role in approving treatments and accelerating a path to better treatments and a cure. It also creates a new grant program at FDA, called the Rare Neurodegenerative Disease Grants program.

November 23, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C.  – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is now a cosponsor of the Holding Providers Harmless from Medicare Cuts Act. Pending changes in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule include improvements for maternity care and much-needed payment increases for physicians delivering primary and complex office-based care. In order to comply with the budget neutrality statute however, Medicare offsets these increases by cutting reimbursements for other providers.

November 17, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C.  – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted today in favor of the Block, Report, and Suspend Shipments Act, bipartisan legislation that she cosponsors. Currently, under the Controlled Substances Act, drug manufacturers and distributors are required to notify the Drug Enforcement Administration when they discover any suspicious orders. The bill would require them to also exercise due diligence and halt any suspicious orders of opioids.

September 30, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C.  – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is highlighting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s National Framework for the Prevention and Control of Vector-Borne Diseases in Humans. To address the growing threat to public health, the CDC, five federal departments, and the Environmental Protection Agency developed a joint National Public Health Framework.

September 14, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is announcing that the Trump Administration is deploying a Task Force Strike Team to assist Upstate New York nursing homes, like the Essex Center, currently battling COVID-19 outbreaks.

September 1, 2020 Press Release

Essex County – After discussions with local Essex County elected officials and families who have lost loved ones, Congresswoman Stefanik immediately contacted the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to request their urgent federal assistance. At Stefanik’s request, CMS immediately had one of their Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) teams contact the Essex Center to discuss the situation and talk through steps being taken to protect nursing home residents and staff.

August 11, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Stefanik and Congressman Delgado (D-NY) introduced the Protecting Rural Access to Care Act, legislation 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.

July 23, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik announced that Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH) has been awarded a $250,000 grant through the HHS’ Rural Health Care Coordination Network Program. The purpose of the program is to support rural health consortiums/networks aiming to achieve the overall goals of improving access, delivery, and quality of care through the application of care coordination strategies in rural communities.

July 23, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has sent a letter along with her house colleagues to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requesting further information about the COVID-19 Telehealth Program’s implementation and asks how much funding would be necessary for the FCC to fulfill the remaining applications. The FCC’s popular COVID-19 Telehealth Program supports health care providers’ provision of connected services to patients by funding telecommunication services, information services, and devices during the ongoing public health emergency.