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

May 29, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. Yesterday, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator (CMS) Seema Verma corrected Governor Cuomo’s false claim that he was following CDC and Administration guidance by sending COVID-19 positive patients back into nursing homes.

May 22, 2020 Press Release

Saratoga, NY  –  Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is an original cosponsor of a Resolution to commend the efforts and honor the work of the men and women of the USNS Comfort, the USNS Mercy, and the United States Navy in the response to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in New York and Los Angeles. The USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy were deployed to support hospitals who were close to capacity in two cities heavily hit by the virus.

May 21, 2020 Press Release

Saratoga, NY"Families who are grieving the loss of loved ones in nursing homes have reached out to me to share their heartbreaking stories and have asked for answers. These families deserve answers, transparency, and accountability," said Congresswoman Elise Stefanik.

Governor Cuomo continues to claim "politics" and avoid accountability for the New York State Department of Health’s failure to protect our most vulnerable in nursing homes. Here are the facts:

Setting the Record Straight: 

May 18, 2020 Press Release

Glens Falls, NYCongresswoman Elise Stefanik has secured $108,064 in HRSA Cares Act Provider Relief for the Irongate Family Practice in Glens Falls, New York. Irongate Family Practice had applied for the HRSA funding and were not receiving any response from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Congresswoman Stefanik reached out to HHS leadership to elevate and expedite Irongate’s application. HHS was able to resolve the issue and provide the funds to Irongate due to Congresswoman Stefanik’s advocacy.

May 7, 2020 Press Release

Saratoga, NYCongresswoman Stefanik has announced an estimated $63 million in HHS rural hospital funding from the CARES Act has gone to North Country rural hospitals. Recipients of the $63 million rural distribution include rural acute care general hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), and Community Health Centers located in rural areas.

May 1, 2020 Press Release

Saratoga, NY – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik sent a letter to the Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs requesting expanded telehealth services through TRICARE for veterans and servicemembers experiencing mental health issues, like anxiety and depression, during the COVID-19 crisis. Currently, TRICARE only permits military members and their families who are battling serious mental health illnesses access to intensive outpatient programs and partial hospitalization programs.

April 29, 2020 Press Release

Saratoga, NY – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has announced over $33 million in funding from the Department of Health and Human Services has been released to NY-21 hospitals.

 

The amounts below are the estimated district impacts from the latest $50B general pool disbursements to hospitals pursuant to the CARES Act. This includes the original $30B disbursement made on April 10, 2020, plus a new $20B disbursement made on Friday, April 24, 2020.

 

April 23, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik sent a letter to House Leadership as well as members of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education requesting $100 million in funding for a new grant program within the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to support School-Based Health Centers (SBHC’s). Indefinite school closures have created a gap in health services as some SBHC’s that operate in school facilities have been forced to close.

April 13, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Stefanik sent a bipartisan letter to House Leadership requesting more support for Community Health Centers (CHC’s) in the phase 4 COVID-19 legislative relief package. Specifically, the letter outlines the need for funds in order to continue to serve medically underserved communities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and requests $7.6 billion in emergency supplemental funding to support them.

April 10, 2020 Press Release

Saratoga, NY – Congresswoman Stefanik sent a bipartisan letter, along with members of the New York Congressional Delegation, requesting that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reconsider their potential decision to allocate hospital funding to hospitals based on Medicare payment data. Despite the disproportionate scale of the COVID-19 crisis in New York, HHA has chosen not to give New York priority when distributing funding appropriated by Congress as part of the recently passed CARES Act.