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.), released the following statement today after the Department of Labor released its monthly jobs report:
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement after the House passed an interim funding package, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, to provide additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, COVID-19 testing, and funds for personal protective equipment for our front line health care workers and facilities.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) has initiated and led a bipartisan letter to House leadership requesting dedicated funding for children’s specialty hospitals in the next COVID-19 federal emergency response package. Signed by 149 Members of Congress, including 30 Republicans, the letter signals strong support for ensuring children’s hospitals can continue to provide care to critically ill children during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.
Representatives from children’s hospitals within Minnesota’s Fourth District released the following statements:
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 continue to 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.