All Americans should have comprehensive, affordable, quality health care as a fundamental right. The Affordable Care Act, which I voted for in 2010, has been a major step in the right direction. It has expanded health coverage and protected patients, no matter how you get your insurance. However, we have more work to do to reduce costs, including out-of-control prescription drug costs, and to further improve the quality of care.
In Congress, I strongly oppose efforts to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act, weaken Medicaid for vulnerable Americans, or endanger Medicare for seniors today and in the future. I strongly support creating a public option in our health care system, efforts to address health disparities, and policies that will address the rise of prescription drug costs. We must also do more to ensure all Americans have access to mental and behavioral health services. To fulfill our goal of a true universal health care system, I have proposed the America’s Right to Health Care Amendment, which would enshrine a fundamental right to health care in our Constitution.
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Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Chair of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement today after the third coronavirus emergency response package was expected to pass the U.S. House of Representatives:
Fourth District residents,
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to unfold, many people are wondering where to find information they can trust to keep themselves and their families healthy and safe. These are unprecedented times, and though it can feel overwhelming, we will get through this – and each of us has a role to play. My hope is that the resources below are helpful and informative for you as we navigate the coming days, weeks, and months and take on the challenge of slowing the spread of this disease.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement today following the U.S. Senate passage of H.R. 6201, the Families First Act, and regarding Congress's next steps to protect Americans during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic:
[UPDATE: Please note that as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020, my St. Paul office is CLOSED TO VISITORS. Due to the State of Minnesota, Ramsey County, and City of Saint Paul State of Emergency declarations in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, my offices have suspended in-person meetings to protect public health. My office in St. Paul will remain open with limited staff. Our priority will be to assist constituents stranded abroad and with other issues related to the pandemic.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement today in response to the president’s $2.5 billion request for funding to combat the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus:
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) and Congressman Don Young (R-AK) introduced H.R. 5790, the Advancing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Research, Prevention, and Services Act today in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bipartisan legislation is counterpart to S.2879, which has been introduced in the U.S. Senate.
Congresswoman McCollum released the following statement:
Congresswoman McCollum will welcome Susan Shepard Carlson as her guest for the 2020 State of the Union address on February 4, 2020.
Mrs. Carlson is a current Board Member and Chair of Legislation and Public Policy Committee at the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS). She founded the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS), which has led the fight against Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) nationwide.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement today after Planned Parenthood formally withdrew from the federal Title X program:
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement after the passage of H.R. 2740, which consists of the FY2020 Labor-HHS-Education, Defense, State and Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water appropriations bills.
The four-bill minibus rejects President Trump’s harmful budget cuts and invests in hardworking families across the nation with provisions important to Minnesotans and the American people, including:
Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi joined Congresswoman Betty McCollum and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan for a round table discussion today in St. Paul.
The round table focused on strengthening Community Health Centers and the ways in which federal, state, and local leaders can help boost these centers and the important health care and other services they provide to communities across the country.