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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

March 27, 2020 Press Release
Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement today regarding passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARE) Act:
 
“The legislation we passed today will offer an economic lifeline to millions of working families and small businesses in New York and throughout the nation. This bill is not perfect. However, with the economy in freefall and the pandemic paralyzing our nation, the American people need and deserve swift, meaningful action and this legislation delivers. 
 
March 24, 2020 Press Release

As the COVID19 epidemic continues, it is important that New Yorkers have access to reliable information.

Please utilize the following information to prepare yourselves and address any problems or pressing concerns you may have.

 * *IMPORTANT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES* *

If you are a small business owner who needs assistance during this outbreak I encourage you to take action immediately.

First, read this SBA fact sheet.

March 23, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – With thousands of Americans stranded abroad due to travel restrictions stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) is looking to waive fees for travelers who require evacuation assistance from the U.S. Department of State.  The bipartisan bill is cosponsored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ).

March 23, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has authored legislation that would temporarily suspend during the coronavirus emergency rent contributions owed by tenants living in public housing or those who receive Section 8 vouchers.  

March 22, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Several federal lawmakers are calling on the U.S. Department of Justice and the Bureau of Prisons to grant compassionate release for individuals held at federal detainment facilities. Their statement comes following the first report of an individual in federal custody testing positive for COVID-19. The individual is detained at Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn (MDC Brooklyn), New York.  A joint statement from Reps. Nydia M. Velazquez (D-NY), Alexandria Ocascio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) is below:
 

March 19, 2020 Press Release

On March 18th, Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez hosted a telephone townhall with local, state and federal experts to answer questions from New Yorkers. 

Audio of that discussion is available by clicking here.  

 

 

March 4, 2020 Press Release
Bill Includes Small Business Loans Based on Velázquez Bill
 
March 2, 2020 Press Release

SBA Disaster Loans Would be Made Available for Virus-Impacted Firms

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), the Chairwoman of the House Small Business Committee, Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), the Chairwoman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), and Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY), First Vice Chair of CAPAC, have introduced legislation aimed at assisting small businesses that suffer economic harm from the coronavirus outbreak.  

February 11, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement regarding the President’s Fiscal Year 2021 Budget: 
 
“The President’s budget would dismantle our safety net, harm seniors, take food from hungry families, slash funding for infrastructure investment and housing and make it harder for young people to pursue education and job training. Budget’s reflect values and this one makes it crystal clear the President’s values are diametrically opposed to those of the American people. 
 
February 5, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement regarding the President’s State of the Union Address: