Making Health Care More Accessible and Affordable
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 make quality health care more affordable so no families have to go through the suffering my family did.
Another major issue across our nation is the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Since the ACA has been implemented, we’ve seen significant improvements in health care delivery. Whether it’s providing free preventative care, expanding Medicaid coverage to hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans, eliminating pre-existing condition discrimination, ending lifetime limits on care or allowing young adults to stay on their parents plan until age 26, by just about every metric, the ACA has been a success.
However, there are always ways that we can build upon these successes and make improvements to reduce health care costs and improve accessibility.
More on Health Care
September 16, 2013
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced a $150,000 grant for rural health care in Knox County. Today’s Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement (Rural Quality) grant is awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resource and Services Administration (HRSA) Division of Grants Management Operations. “I’m pleased to announce this important investment […]