Health & Human Services 2017-12-06T04:38:37+00:00

We believe that all people should have the opportunity to be self-sufficient, secure and healthy. Cost-effective and adequately funded programs can help ensure these basic needs.


  • S. 2372, (VA MISSION) Act of 2018. - This bill — the known as the VA MISSION Act — would establish the Veterans Community Care Program to improve veterans’ access to care through non-VA, community providers when comparable Dept. of Veterans Affairs would be deficient in quality, timeliness, or cause a hardship to the veteran. It would also start a multi-year process for […]
  • S. 204, Right to Try Act of 2017 - This bill amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to exempt, from specified requirements and restrictions under that Act and other laws, the provision of certain unapproved, investigational drugs to a terminally ill patient who has exhausted approved treatment options and is unable to participate in a clinical trial involving the drugs. The manufacturer or sponsor of […]
  • H.R. 6136, Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018 - The purpose of this bill is “To amend the immigration laws and provide for border security, and for other purposes.” Although this bill failed to pass in the House, we regard Jason Lewis’s support of it as a notable vote against progressive values. Why This Bill Is Against Our Values: “These bills [H.R. 6136, H.R. […]
  • H.R. 4712, Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act - This bill amends the federal criminal code to require any health care practitioner who is present when a child is born alive following an abortion or attempted abortion to: (1) exercise the same degree of care as reasonably provided to any other child born alive at the same gestational age, and (2) ensure that such […]
  • H.R. 3, Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act - The purpose of this bill is “To rescind certain budget authority proposed to be rescinded in special messages transmitted to the Congress by the President on May 8, 2018, in accordance with title X of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act 1974.” Why This Bill Is Against Our Values: “The House voted along party […]
  • H. R. 849, Protecting Seniors Access to Medicare Act - This bill amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to terminate the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). Under the PPACA, the IPAB is tasked with developing proposals to reduce the per capital rate of growth in Medicare spending. Why Jason Lewis’ vote conflicts with our values. Medicare spending needs to be reined in one way […]
  • H. R. 6311, To amend Internal Revenue Code and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. - This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to modify the definition of qualified health plan for purposes of the health insurance premium tax credit and to allow individuals purchasing health insurance in the individual market to purchase a lower premium copper plan. NOTE: Two of the 3 […]
  • H. R. 5247, Right to Try Act of 2018 - Full Title: Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2018. Bill Summary: From the text of the bill: To authorize the use of eligible investigational drugs by eligible patients who have been diagnosed with a stage of a disease or condition in which there is reasonable likelihood that death […]
  • H. R. 3922, Community Health And Medical Professionals Improve Our Nation Act of 2017. - This bill amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to terminate the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). Under the PPACA, the IPAB is tasked with developing proposals to reduce the per capital rate of growth in Medicare spending. Why Jason Lewis’ vote conflicts with our values. “CHIP and the Community Health Centers program and other […]
  • H. R. 36, Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - This bill amends the Congressional Review Act to allow Congress to consider a joint resolution to disapprove multiple regulations that federal agencies have submitted for congressional review within the last 60 legislative days of a session of Congress during the final year of a President’s term. Congress may disapprove a group of such regulations together […]
  • H. R. 2824, Increasing Opportunity and Success for Children/Parents through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Act - This bill amends title V (Maternal and Child Health Services) of the Social Security Act (SSAct) to reauthorize through FY2022, and otherwise revise, the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.. Under current law, grantees were required, after three years of program implementation, to demonstrate improvement in specified benchmark areas. The bill requires grantees to continue, in subsequent years, to track and demonstrate […]
  • H. R. 2579, Broader Options for Americans Act - This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow the premium assistance tax credit to be used for unsubsidized COBRA continuation health coverage. Why Jason Lewis’ vote conflicts with our values. “This bill would only become law if the AHCA were to be enacted, and as a result it should be opposed even if tax […]
  • H. R. 1628, American Health Care Act of 2017 - [Excerpts from this bill’s lengthy summary] TITLE I–ENERGY AND COMMERCE…Subtitle A–Patient Access to Public Health Programs…Subtitle B–Medicaid Program Enhancement…Subtitle C–Per Capita Allotment For Medical Assistance…Subtitle D–Patent Relief And Health Insurance Market Stability…Subtitle E–Implementation Funding…TITLE II–COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS…Subtitle A–Repeal And Replace of Health-Related Tax Policy…Subtitle B–Repeal Of Certain Consumer Taxes…Subtitle C–Repeal of Tanning Tax…Subtitle […]
  • H. R. 1215, Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017 - This bill establishes provisions governing health care lawsuits where coverage for the care was provided or subsidized by the federal government, including through a subsidy or tax benefit. Why Jason Lewis’ vote conflicts with our values. “This bill would limit the legal rights of injured patients and families of those killed by negligent health care. […]
  • H. R. 1181, Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act. - This bill prohibits, in any case arising out of the administration of laws and benefits by the Department of Veterans Affairs, any person who is mentally incapacitated, deemed mentally incompetent, or experiencing an extended loss of consciousness from being considered adjudicated as a mental defective for purposes of the right to receive or transport firearms […]
  • H. R. 1101, Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2017. - This bill amends the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) to provide for the establishment and governance of association health plans (AHPs), which are group health plans sponsored by business associations. Why Jason Lewis’ vote conflicts with our values. “This bill would leave small businesses and their workers vulnerable to unaffordable health insurance […]