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. – 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.
Washington, D.C. — A series of bipartisan bills introduced by Representative Peter Roskam (R-IL), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee have advanced through committee and will be voted on by the full House as part of a larger opioid bill package.
Chairman Roskam spoke during the markup about the importance of this legislation in combating this widespread epidemic:
Washington, D.C. — Chairman of the Health Subcommittee on Ways and Means, Representative Peter Roskam (R-IL), introduced a series of bipartisan bills to address the rapidly-growing opioid crisis. Three bills spearheaded by Chairman Roskam include:
H.R. 5725 – Benefit Evaluation of Safe Treatment (BEST) Act, introduced by Chairman Roskam, House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA), Congressman John Shimkus (R-IL) and Congressman Raul Ruiz (D-CA).
Washington, D.C. — This week, Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, Representative Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Ranking Member Sandy Levin (D-MI) joined Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) in releasing a white paper outlining solutions to combat the opioid epidemic.
Washington, D.C. — Chairman of the Health Subcommittee on Ways and Means, Representative Peter Roskam (R-IL), joined his colleagues, House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) and Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) today in sending Requests for Information (RFIs) to stakeholders as part of its efforts to address opioid use and dependence in the Medicare program.