Today, the United States House of Representatives considered H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act to better serve the healthcare needs of American families.
WASHINGTON—Today, the United States House of Representatives considered H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act.
The legislation amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to better serve the healthcare needs of American families. In an effort to stabilize our healthcare system, U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao voted in favor of the legislation. Following the vote, Congressman Valadao released the following statement:
“Obamacare is failing. Under the law, our Central Valley communities were prevented from recruiting medical professionals, our emergency rooms were overflowing, and parents were unable to choose the best healthcare options for their children. As a parent, there is absolutely nothing more important to me than ensuring families have access to quality, affordable health insurance. Possession of an insurance card does not equate to healthcare services and medical treatment. The American Health Care Act will stabilize our healthcare system, ensuring our community has access to high quality, affordable health care."
Key provisions of the legislation include:
- Provides monthly health care vouchers to help individuals purchase health insurance coverage
- Protects those with pre-existing conditions, ensuring no one can be denied coverage based on their health status
- Allows children to stay on their parents’ health insurance policies until the age of 26
- Increases funding for the Community Health Center Fund, which awards grants to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
- Injects $100 billion into the Patient and State Stability Fund to reduce the cost of health insurance for patients
H.R. 1628; the American Health Care Act
passed the House of Representatives on Thursday, May 4, 2017 by a vote of 217 to 213. The legislation will be sent to the Senate for further consideration.
Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District of California, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.