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It is unacceptable that the United States of America is the only developed country in the world that does not have a universal healthcare system for its citizens. New York City residents and all Americans deserve a reliable and affordable healthcare system.

Over 30 million Americans are uninsured with the other 40 million stuck with high co-pays and deductibles, which is why Congresswoman Velázquez is a huge supporter and co-sponsor of Medicare-for-all. Medicare-for-all will ensure that every American has access to quality healthcare and prescription drugs without having to choose between their health and livelihood.

Congresswoman Velázquez has voted against every attempt by the Republican party to repeal the Affordable Care Act and that law’s protections for patients with preexisting conditions. In fact, one of the first acts of the new Democratic Majority was to authorize the U.S. House of Representatives to defend the Affordable Care Act in court against efforts to dismantle it.

The GOP’s attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act would take away healthcare from over 24 million Americans and over 2.3 million New Yorkers. Congresswoman Velázquez is committed to working with her colleagues to ensure American voices are heard and our vital medical needs are safeguarded. Americans should have the right to live a healthy life that is not jeopardized by politics or partisanship.

Ultimately, Congresswoman Velázquez knows that that healthcare is a fundamental human right, not a privilege for the wealthy. She will continue efforts in Congress to secure access to insurance coverage and affordable, quality care for all Americans.

 

More on Healthcare

June 15, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC - Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) introduced H.R. 7006, new legislation that would enable Home Health Care Agencies to attend to their patients, rather than paperwork during the coronavirus pandemic.  In order to commence care with new patients and be reimbursed by Medicare, home health agencies generally need a written referral from a doctor.  Home health agencies have encountered numerous difficulties obtaining referrals from physicians, as many of physicians’ offices are closed due to COVID-19. 

 

May 14, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) is pressing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for an explanation on how the agency has distributed donated doses of “remdesivir”, a drug that has shown promise in shortening recovery time for patients suffering from COVID-19.  In a letter to the Secretary of HHS and the agency’s Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Velázquez asks for a better explanation as to how the agency is prioritizing the medicine’s distribution.

 

May 12, 2020 Press Release

“Hotspot” Funding Targeted to Woodhull, Wyckoff Heights Facilities

 

April 14, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement regarding reports that the Puerto Rico government was denying journalists access to government coronavirus briefings: “A free, independent press is the hallmark of any democracy and actions by the Puerto Rican government to prevent journalists from covering its response to COVID-19 are shameful. During crises, such as a pandemic, it is more important, not less, that the public be fully informed and that the media be able to report unadulterated facts, while holding the government accountable for its actions.

April 10, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Members of the New York City Congressional delegation today wrote Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza, calling for swift remediation of problems in small business aid programs recently enacted as part of the “CARES Act.” 

April 9, 2020 Press Release
Washington, DC – Community health centers in New York City are receiving an influx of resources from the CARES Act, legislation recently enacted by the U.S. Congress to help address the coronavirus pandemic.  Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) announced funding for eleven community health centers that are located in or serve New York’s 7th Congressional District.
 
April 8, 2020 Press Release

Say COVID-19 Demands Special Enrollment Period

April 7, 2020 Press Release
Letter Highlights Long Troubled MDC Brooklyn Facility
 
Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has written the Bureau of Prisons raising concerns with how the agency is responding to spread of coronavirus in the U.S. prison system. Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC Brooklyn), which is in the Congresswoman’s district, is one of the largest facilities in the federal prison system. It is also where one of the first cases of COVID-19 was diagnosed in the U.S. prison system. 
 
March 31, 2020 Press Release

Grant Program Would Partner Nonprofits, Small and Medium Eateries to Address Nutrition Needs

Washington, DC – Legislation authored by Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) would establish a new program to help meet staffing shortages at antihunger nonprofit organizations in New York City and throughout the nation. Under the bill, the “Community Meals Fund”, nonprofits could qualify for grants of $500,000 to partner with small and mid-sized restaurants for the preparation and distribution of food to vulnerable populations. 

March 30, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement: