Tremendous efforts have been made to ensure all Americans have access to affordable, quality health care. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) not only opened up access to health insurance for millions of Americans, it also improved the quality of insurance, providing new consumer protections and cost savings.
I have worked closely with our region’s health care and safety net providers to ensure that residents understands their health care options, and have access to the health care they need. As the result of our hard work, local clinics and health care providers have received millions in federal grants and reimbursements under the ACA to expand access to care and provide more services. I will continue fighting to preserve the ACA and its protections for consumers, so that all hard working American families can benefit from and access affordable health care.
I am also a long-time supporter and advocate for improving our nation’s mental health care. Too often mental health takes a back seat to the issue of physical health. It is time for mental health to be treated on a level playing field with the rest of our nation’s health care system. I am thrilled that in 2014 Congress passed and President Obama signed into law a demonstration project based on my bipartisan legislation, the Excellence in Mental Health Act. The passage of this bill represents a $1 billion investment by Congress to improve and expand the mental health safety net. This is a huge step, and I will continue to fight in Congress to ensure that we build on this achievement and further expand access to mental health services.