In 2010, the president’s health care bill was signed in to law, creating a new structure where the federal government is directly involved in health care delivery. The coming years will see more elements of the plan put into place, and millions of Americans who will see changes in their coverage, and could even be dropped from their current employer-based health care plans.
As a member of the Ways and Means Committee with jurisdiction over health policy, I understand that the new health care law was an attempt to meet worthy goals—namely, greater access to healthcare and coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. However, the way in which the law was crafted will likely result in higher premiums, decreased care, and government bureaucrats standing between you and your doctor. This is unacceptable. In my oversight role, I am working to ensure the American health care system is the best in the world, and that families are not forced to pay more for diminished care.
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Washington, D.C. – Today, the House passed H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act. Representative Peter Roskam (IL-06), Chairman of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, spoke briefly to address the elevated level of bipartisanship that allowed Congress to take this major step in addressing the opioid crisis.
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Washington, D.C. – Today the House passed H.R. 6690 the Fighting Fraud to Protect Care for Seniors Act. This legislation, introduced by Representative Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), creates a pilot program to test the use of smart card technology in the Medicare Program, reducing fraud.
Washington, D.C. – Today, the Ways and Means Committee, in a bipartisan vote, passed H.R. 6690, the Fighting Fraud to Protect Care for Seniors Act. This legislation, introduced by Representative Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) creates a pilot program to test the use of smart card technology in the Medicare Program, reducing fraud.
Yesterday, H.R. 6311 – the Increasing Access to Lower Premiums Plans and Expanding Health Savings Account Act of 2018 – passed the House of Representatives. H.R. 6311 expands access to tax-preferred health accounts, allowing people to plan and save for their health care based on their individual needs.
Washington, D.C. – Today the Ways and Means Committee moved 11 bills that expand access to Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and provide market flexibility. Currently, HSA’s provide coverage to more than 25 million Americans, offering a cost effective alternative to Obamacare. HSA’s save both individual policy holders and taxpayers money by promoting consumer driven healthcare, using market competition to keep down costs.
Washington, D.C. – Representative Peter Roskam (R-IL), Chairman of the Health Subcommittee of Ways and Means released the following statement on passage of the H.R. 5773 the Preventing Addiction for Susceptible Seniors (PASS) Act:
Washington, D.C. – Representative Peter Roskam (IL-06) voted today against H.R. 3, the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act, due to a provision which would rescind the $7 billion in funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) which was passed earlier this year. Rep. Roskam has been a strong advocate for the CHIP program and does not believe that cutting funding for this critical program is in the best interest of our country or the children that rely on the program.
Washington, D.C. – Representative Peter Roskam, Chairman of the Health Subcommittee on Ways and Means, hosted the third in a series of roundtable discussions with healthcare providers to discuss ways to reduce regulatory burdens in the Medicare program and provide their patients with higher quality care through the Medicare Red Tape Relief Project.