Health Care

Since her service on the Board of Supervisors in San Mateo County to her current position as Chairwoman of the powerful House Health Subcommittee, Rep. Eshoo has been a leader on a broad range of health care issues, from shaping the Affordable Care Act to supporting biomedical research for new treatments and cures.

Strengthening Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act

Rep. Eshoo has fought hard to protect and strengthen the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, and Medicaid. She was instrumental in passing the Affordable Care Act, the landmark law that has helped millions of Americans thanks to its life-saving protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and tax credits to help Americans afford health coverage. Under her leadership, her Health Subcommittee also passed the No Surprises Act into law, ending surprise medical bills due to disputes between health care providers and health insurers.

Medicare and Medicaid pay for the health care of more than 1 out every 3 Americans. Rep. Eshoo has seen first-hand the peace of mind Medicare provided for her mother and father when they had that card in their wallet. As Chairwoman of the Health Subcommittee, she’s held hearings on and passed legislation through the House of Representatives that adds vision, hearing, and dental coverage to the Medicare program. Rep. Eshoo has also been a leader in ensuring that Medicare continues to cover telehealth. Through the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Eshoo helped to expand Medicaid coverage to millions of low-income families.

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Lowering Drug Prices

As Chairwoman of the Health Subcommittee, she led the drafting of H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act. This transformational bill, which passed the House of Representatives, will help millions of Americans struggling to afford skyrocketing prescription drugs costs, saving lives and preventing bankruptcies.

The bill requires the HHS Secretary to annually negotiate lower prices for drugs without market competition and extend those lower prices to all insured Americans. H.R. 3 will also cap out-of-pocket spending on drugs at $2,000 for Medicare beneficiaries. H.R. 3 stops drug price hikes like the ones we saw from EpiPen and Martin Shkreli. If a manufacturer raises the price of a drug above the rate of inflation, the manufacturer must pay the entire price above inflation back to the Treasury. H.R. 3 is estimated to save patients $120 billion in lower insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs, and save taxpayers nearly $500 billion over ten years.

Biomedical Research

The 18th Congressional District includes Stanford University and Silicon Valley and is a world leader for biomedical research. In Congress, Rep. Eshoo is a leading advocate for funding research at the National Institutes of Health for new treatments and cures for deadly diseases such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and pancreatic and pediatric cancers. She’s also led legislation to strengthen the Food and Drug Administration so that it can move at the speed of science to bring safe and effective drug and medical devices to more patients.

Rep. Eshoo has sponsored legislation to create the Advanced Research Project Agency for Health (ARPA-H). This new agency would embody the nimble spirit of the highly regarded and successful Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) to pursue large-scale, high-risk projects. It will break the mold for federal research agencies by being uniquely focused on solving the “valley of death” to deliver transformational cures for deadly diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, ALS, and diabetes.

Women’s Health

As the first woman in the history of Congress to chair the House Health Subcommittee, Rep. Eshoo is dedicated to ensuring that women can receive the health care they choose and deserve. She held the first hearing on protecting access to abortion in over 20 years when her Health Subcommittee considered the Women’s Health Protection Act, legislation that codifies the Roe v. Wade decision, and supported the repeal of the domestic and global gag rule.

Rep. Eshoo’s Health Subcommittee has also been responsible for landmark legislation to address the nation’s shameful maternal mortality rate. The U.S. is the most dangerous place in the developed world to deliver a baby, and it’s even more dangerous if you’re a woman of color. This is unacceptable, and what’s more, it’s preventable.

Under Rep. Eshoo’s leadership, two significant pieces of legislation to address the maternal health crisis have become law. First, the American Rescue Plan provides a new state option to extend Medicaid coverage for pregnant women from 60 days postpartum to one full year following the baby’s birth. California has already taken advantage of the new authority and today, many California mothers are eligible for free Medi-Cal coverage for one year postpartum. Second, the Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act provides grants for perinatal quality collaboratives, including Stanford’s California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, which has reduced severe health problems from pregnancy-related hemorrhages by 21% and has contributed to reducing the maternal mortality rate in California by 55%.

 

More on Health Care

August 12, 2022 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) delivered the following remarks on the House floor ahead of her vote for the Inflation Reduction Act:

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July 27, 2022 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) voted for H.R. 4040, the Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID–19 Act, bipartisan legislation to ensure telehealth services will continue to be available to Medicare patients through 2024, even after the public health emergency ends.

July 27, 2022 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) voted for H.R. 4040, the Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID–19 Act, bipartisan legislation to ensure telehealth services will continue to be available to Medicare patients through 2024, even after the public health emergency ends.

July 21, 2022 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) voted for H.R. 8373, the Right to Contraception Act, which codifies the right to obtain and use birth control, including oral contraception, emergency contraception, and IUDs.

July 19, 2022 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) delivered the following remarks today at an Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing titled, “Roe Reversal: The Impacts of Taking Away the Constitutional Right to an Abortion”:

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July 18, 2022 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Reps. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Mike Quigley (D-IL), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT), and Ken Calvert (R-CA) sent a letter today to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inquiring about steps the agency is taking to approve groundbreaking new therapies for ALS and other deadly diseases and urging the agency to take a rapid approach to approving new life-saving treatments.

July 15, 2022 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) voted today for two bills to protect and reaffirm women’s right to abortion: the Women’s Health Protection Act, which codifies Roe v. Wade nationwide, and the Ensuring Women’s Right to Reproductive Freedom Act, which prevents states from stopping anyone from traveling across state lines to obtain a legal abortion.
 

July 15, 2022 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) delivered the following two speeches ahead of her votes for the Women’s Health Protection Act, which restores the right to an abortion nationwide, and the Ensuring Women’s Right to Reproductive Freedom Act, which prevents states from stopping anyone from traveling across state lines to obtain a legal abortion:

July 13, 2022 Press Release

PALO ALTO, C.A. – Today, U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) and Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra requesting information and urging him to reevaluate how the United States Preventive Services Taskforce (USPSTF) process can be improved to increase patient access to essential preventative services.

July 12, 2022 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr.