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.
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Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has led more than two dozen Members of Congress in writing to the Administrator and a Regional Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), calling on the Agency to withdraw an alarming proposal to roll back federal safeguards for coal ash waste piles and construction fillers.
In this issue:
- A Note from Congresswoman Velázquez
- Addressing Gun Violence
- Announcing Resources for Local Healthcare, Education
- Championing Our Veterans
- Seeking Financial Relief for NY Cabbies
- Fighting for our Immigrants
- Protecting the Environment from Unsafe Pesticides
A Note from Congresswoman Velázquez
Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has introduced legislation, the Mobile Health Clinics Act of 2019, to allocate $15 million per year to health care services for underserved areas and populations.
Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has written the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture calling for a comprehensive study on the state of food insecurity in Puerto Rico. The request follows the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s landfall where failed disaster relief resulted in a humanitarian crisis and, according to some estimates, the loss of 3,000 residents’ lives.
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) announced that local health centers within New York’s 7th Congressional District have received federal grants to continue their Health Center Cluster and Ryan White Title III HIV Capacity Development and Planning projects.
“Federal health center funding is critical to supporting our medically underserved populations,” said Velázquez. “These three centers are an integral part of our local healthcare infrastructure. I am proud to see them receive funding so they can continue serving our most vulnerable neighbors.”
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) introduced the “Puerto Rico Health Care Fairness, Accountability, and Beneficiary Access Act of 2019,” legislation that would put Puerto Rico’s Medicaid program on a path to parity with other Medicaid programs throughout the United States.