Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

Representing the 17th District of Illinois
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Health Care

Lowering Health Care Costs

Health care is a deeply personal issue to me.

My sister-in-law, Barb, died several years ago without health insurance. Barb and her husband both worked full-time, but they couldn’t afford health insurance and when she got sick, she couldn’t afford the most effective cancer treatment she needed to survive.

Even those who can afford insurance are not immune to the extremely high costs of operations and prescription medications.  A few months after my sister-in-law passed away, my brother Danny died, leaving behind a wife and two daughters.  His insurance would not cover his cancer treatment because an experimental drug was required.  I support legislation that will help more families afford quality health care and that makes sure no families have to go through the suffering my family did.

The Affordable Care Act is not perfect, but it makes real improvements in our health care system.  It lowers costs for small business owners, prevents insurance companies from denying people with pre-existing conditions coverage and allows children to stay on their parents’ health insurance for longer.  It also lowers prescription drug costs for many of our seniors.

Because of these improvements, I will oppose any attempts to repeal these needed reforms.

Now, we need to fix what does not work and work together to find cost-lowering improvements that do not harm patient choice or quality.  This means modernizing health care delivery to reduce bureaucracy and administrative spending, while reducing medical errors.  We can save money and more importantly, save lives by taking these common sense steps.

More on Health Care

Apr 27, 2016

WASHINGTON - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced that her bipartisan bill to improve care for children born with opioid addiction has passed out of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Bustos' bill, the Nurturing and Supporting Healthy Babies Act (H.R. 4978), now moves toward full consideration by the House.

Apr 26, 2016

WASHINGTON - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos received a copy of a letter from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency that recommended several of the proposed actions which the City of Galesburg is now considering following last night’s City Council meeting. The letter, dated April 20, 2016, recommends that the City provide bottled water or NSF certified point of use lead filtration devices for homes where the water exceeds the federal action level for lead content of 15 parts per billion (ppb).

Apr 21, 2016

WASHINGTON - In a floor speech delivered today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced the launch of a watchdog task force in her office to investigate lead levels throughout Illinois’ 17th District, investigate problems of lead contamination and work with government officials at all levels to develop solutions. Bustos made this announcement in a floor speech where she also addressed the importance of working collaboratively to address the challenge of lead contamination.

Apr 19, 2016

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) and Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced that they have introduced bipartisan legislation to improve care for babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), exposure to opioids during pregnancy.

Apr 13, 2016

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) wrote an op-ed in the Galesburg Register-Mail and gave a speech on the Floor of the House urging action to achieve a long-term solution to the problem of elevated lead levels in Galesburg’s water. On Friday, Bustos met with Galesburg City officials and the Knox County Health Department to hear their perspective and plan to address this problem.

Feb 2, 2016

WASHINGTON – Today, the White House announced a proposal for over $1.1 billion in new funding to address the heroin epidemic and prescription opioid abuse. As the heroin epidemic has taken a heavy toll on too many families in communities across Illinois, Congresswoman Bustos has advocated for additional funding for treatment centers and law enforcement agencies to stem this crisis.


Sep 9, 2015

Washington, D.C. - Today Congresswoman Cheri Bustos thanked working families from across the 17th Congressional District for being a part of her most productive district work period to date. In all, Rep. Bustos held over 40 official events, meetings and job fairs during the August Congressional recess which ran from July 31 - September 7th.

Jun 25, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell, which upheld health care coverage for many across Illinois.
May 22, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced a $2,511,069 grant to Crusader Community Health Clinic in Rockford.
Dec 19, 2014

SUBJ: Bustos Continues Fighting for the Right Priorities during Second Year in Office
DATE: December 19th, 2014