Rep. Chu with health care staff at AltaMed Health Services in El Monte, California.
Healthcare should be affordable and accessible for all. That means nobody should be denied life-saving treatments because of preexisting conditions, nor should anybody have to choose between paying for medicine or paying their bills. As a Member of the House Ways and Means Committee and its Health Subcommittee, I am committed to working to protect and expand the Affordable Care Act, as well as protecting the Medicare program so we can ensure our Seniors have quality care they can count on.
The ACA made considerable improvements to our nation’s healthcare system, which includes putting in place protections for people with pre-existing conditions, preventing health plans from charging women more than men, and requiring that all health plans cover a minimum set of Essential Health Benefits, like hospital visits and prescription drugs.
Instead of attacking the ACA as Republicans have since it was passed, Congress should be working together to improve the system we have, like continuing to invest in public health and expanding Medicaid. I also believe we should be doing more to address the underlying costs of healthcare, like the skyrocketing prices of prescription drugs.
Finally, I believe we should be looking forward in healthcare, not backwards. That is why I am one of the founding members of the Medicare for All Caucus. The purpose of this Caucus is to begin discussions about how to improve and expand healthcare coverage for everyone in our country.
Additionally, one of my top priorities in Congress is to ensure equal access to healthcare, no matter your race, background, or zip code. Every Congress, members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and the Congressional Black Caucus, collectively known as the Tri Caucus, introduce the Health Equity and Accountability Act. This bill is focused on eliminating health disparities in minority populations and ensuring that healthcare is not out of reach for anyone. As Chair of CAPAC, I work help introduce this bill each Congress.
If you are looking to enroll in health insurance, our state’s exchange is called “Covered California.” Open enrollment is through November-January; check Covered California for specific dates. Purchasers may be eligible for subsidies to help cover the costs of the premiums. To learn more, visit www.coveredca.com or call 1-888-975-1142. Paper applications are also available in Chinese, Spanish, Vietnamese, and other languages here (https://www.coveredca.com/apply/).
Substance Abuse and Mental Health
I am also deeply concerned about the impact the opioid crisis and addiction have on our community, and every community across the country. I believe that we need to focus on all aspects of this crisis: prevention, treatment, and recovery. To prevent more individuals from becoming addicted, I am committed to helping patients access non-addictive alternatives to opioids to treat pain. I have worked to pass bills that would expand treatment options for those suffering from addiction, including those in the senior population. Finally, I believe we need to ensure that those in recovery have a safe and supportive environment to rebuild their lives. Rest assured that I am working on all of these issues in my role in Congress.
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WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the House of Representatives passed the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion economic recovery package to support families, workers, businesses, and health care providers through the Coronavirus crisis. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), who helped craft this bill as a member of the House Small Business, Ways and Means, and Budget Committees, issued the following statement:
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Joe Biden issued Executive Orders to promote and improve access to healthcare, including lifting restrictions on abortion access domestically and internationally. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) issued the following statement:
Washington, DC — On Monday, 57 Members of Congress, led by Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), sent a letter to President-Elect Biden urging him to issue an Executive Order directing federal agencies to rescind the public charge rule within his first few days in office.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed HR. 133, an omnibus bill to fund the government through fiscal year 2021 and provide additional COVID-19 relief to the country. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) voted for the bill and issued the following statement:
A group of House members on Monday called on House Democratic leadership to take a hard stance and protect communities of color when and if coronavirus legislation negotiations resume with the White House and Senate GOP leadership.
"As members of the Democratic Party, we have a moral responsibility to defend the voiceless in America. Our legislative inaction is literally the difference between life and death for communities of color," wrote Democratic Reps. Tony Cárdenas (Calif.), Judy Chu (Calif.), Deb Haaland (N.M.), Bobby Rush (Ill.) and Joaquin Castro (Texas).
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Wednesday that sides with the Trump administration's choice to exempt employers from providing their workers with free contraceptive left Democrats so furious, a group of women lawmakers immediately planned to file legislation to undo the high court's verdict.
WASHINGTON, DC – In an immediate response to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Trump administration’s controversial rule that allows employers to refuse to cover their employees’ birth control under their company health insurance plan, a group of federal lawmakers announced today they will be filing new legislation tomorrow to repeal the rules before they can take effect.
“Abortion access is a right. That means it should not be available just to those who can afford it," said Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.). "House Democrats have done more than ever before to protect the rights of all women, and I believe that should include the ultimate repeal of the Hyde Amendment.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1425, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act. This bill makes healthcare more accessible by expanding tax credits to help more middle-class individuals and families to qualify for subsidies in the Marketplace, ensuring that no person will pay more than 8.5 percent of their income on a silver plan in the Marketplace. This bill also includes an amendment that would make DACA recipients eligible for tax credits, so they can access affordable coverage.
Congressional members on both sides of the aisle have publicly promoted census participation. Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., the head of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, said during a Facebook event Monday that Asian Americans face potential undercounts in the census because a large proportion of the population are young or immigrants.