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

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.

July 13, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik announced today that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded a $300,000 to the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council of Jefferson County and $300,000 to the Police Activities League of Massena. These HHS Mental Health and Substance Abuse Service Grants (SAMHSA) will support the Healthy Jefferson County initiative and the Police Activities League of Massena Partnerships for Success Project. SAMHSA grants support programs designed to prevent and treat mental and/or substance use disorders.

July 10, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik announced today that St. Lawrence Psychiatric Hospital will be receiving $3.9 million in funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS.)

July 10, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik announced today that Glens Falls Hospital will be receiving $4.1 Million in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) funding through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). This funding goes to hospitals serving a large percentage of populations on thin margins and those in rural areas, small Metropolitan areas, and those with certain Medicare designations.

July 10, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik announced today through a Zoom press conference that Samaritan Medical Center will be receiving $2.5 million in funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS.)

Congresswoman Stefanik wrote a new formula for HHS to use to ensure that rural hospitals receive adequate funding. HHS accepted the formula and used it to determine this new funding for Samaritan Medical Center.

June 26, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and Congressman Josh Harder (CA-10) today led a bipartisan letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Director Alex Azar urging him to extend his declaration of a public health emergency concerning the Coronavirus Pandemic. The emergency declaration has expanded eligibility for patients to receive routine health care through telehealth and telephonic care, allowing vulnerable and high-risk patients to avoid in-person visits to hospitals and health centers where they could be exposed to the Coronavirus.

June 24, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik announced today that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has awarded $26,997 to improve telehealth for Families First in Elizabethtown. The funding is intended for laptop computers, videoconferencing equipment and software, and smartphones to use telehealth services for home and community-based services and to treat child and family behavioral health patients also diagnosed with COVID-19.

June 16, 2020 Press Release

Saratoga, NY – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik announced that the University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital received a new $13.6 million disbursement from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This is part of a $10 billion allocation of Provider Relief Funds for safety net hospitals that serve vulnerable populations.

June 12, 2020 Press Release

Glens Falls, NYCongresswoman Elise Stefanik announced that Glens Falls Hospital is receiving a new $13 million disbursement from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS.) This is part of a $10 billion allocation of Provider Relief Funds for safety net hospitals that serve vulnerable populations.