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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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March 25, 2020 Page

As your Representative, I have set up this resource page to provide updates about the 2019 novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, share government response efforts, and provide resources so you and your loved ones can stay informed, safe, and healthy.

Coronavirus Update with Local Health Experts

March 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — On this day in 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law by President Barack Obama. Since going into effect, the ACA has saved 20 million Americans from having to go without health insurance. In California, 3,999,239 Californians gained insurance thanks to the ACA, a reduction of 61% of the uninsured population. But all of this success is threatened  by the lawsuit Texas v. U.S., which is backed by the Trump Administration, which would strike down the entire ACA if successful. Rep.

March 4, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC —  Today, the House of Representatives voted to approve $8.3 billion in new funding to combat the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.

March 4, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC —  Today, the House of Representatives voted to approve $8.3 billion in new funding to combat the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.

February 26, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Since the outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), there has been a surge in reports of discrimination and violent attacks against Asian Americans across the country. Many of these attacks have been inspired and fueled by misinformation, including misconceptions that Asians are more likely to carry and spread the virus, or conspiracy theories that China created COVID-19 in a lab. Today, members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) sent a letter led by CAPAC Chair Rep.

February 12, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC —  For the first time in over 20 years, the House Energy and Commerce Committee today held a hearing on proactive legislation to defend access to abortion. The hearing was centered on H.R. 2975, the Women’s Health Protection Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Judy Chu (CA-27) and U.S.

January 28, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC — Today, Representative Judy Chu (CA-27) joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers who represent communities across the Inland Empire in sending a letter, led by Representative Norma Torres (CA-35), to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar demanding answers about a flight reportedly arriving at Ontario International Airport (ONT) with 230 passengers from Wuhan, China on board.

December 17, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC — Today, the House of Representatives voted on two packages of spending bills to keep the government open through fiscal year 2020 at levels higher than current funding and higher than the President’s budget request. The first package, under H.R.

December 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC — Today, the House of Representatives voted by pass H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Prescription Drug Costs Now Act. The bill establishes a fair price drug negotiation program to reduce the cost of certain high-priced drugs without competition. Under this bill, the Secretary of Health and Human Services would be empowered to negotiate up to 250 drugs per year.