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

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

Sep 22, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced four grants totaling $855,472 to support healthcare in the region.
Aug 1, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to do everything in its power to protect American citizens, both at home and traveling and living abroad, from the Ebola threat currently spreading throughout West Africa.
Apr 25, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos urged communities across the region to participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, a national initiative aimed at encouraging the public to dispose of expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs that are prone to abuse and theft.
Mar 27, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos joined with Reps. Esty, DeGette, Schakowsky, Ruiz, and Bishop to introduce the Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act to prohibit the advertising of dangerous and addictive e-cigarettes to children.
Dec 13, 2013
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) partnered with Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-1) to introduce the Coverage Protection Act.