Access to quality and affordable health care is essential to a good life in America. In that spirit, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) expanded access to health insurance to more Americans than ever and helped millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions rest assured they could no longer be denied health care coverage. Nearly a decade later, Virginia went a step further and expanded Medicaid, insuring an additional 400,000 Virginians.
We still have more work to do. During my time in Congress, I have spoken out against efforts that would take health care away from Americans and their families.
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WASHINGTON – This week, Congresswoman Luria participated in the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs’ (HVAC) full committee hearing on veteran suicide. Throughout the hearing, Congresswoman Luria pressed VHA and medical officials for answers on the effectiveness of the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) work in preventing veteran suicides and on their ability to hire and retain quality personnel.
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria today announced the House passage of H.J. Res 80, which would help veterans find quality and affordable dental care.
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria today announced the House passage of the PFAS Action Act of 2019 (H.R. 535). This bipartisan bill, which Congresswoman Luria cosponsored, would take critical steps to clean sites contaminated by hazardous per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) across Coastal Virginia and America.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) denounced the latest judicial effort to dismantle critical life-saving protections for Coastal Virginians with pre-existing conditions, along with all other benefits and protections provided by the Affordable Care Act.
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today told the story and described the struggles of a young Hampton girl with brain cancer as she pushed the House Judiciary Committee to take up sensible and compassionate legislation on marijuana policy.
The hearing was an opportunity for members of the House of Representatives to highlight issues of importance to their constituents as the committee continues to move forward on its legislative agenda.
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today participated in the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force’s Forum on the Urgent Need for Senate Action, where she was joined by dozens of colleagues urging Senate Republicans to vote on commonsense, House-passed background check legislation.
At the hearing, members of Congress asked witnesses questions to highlight the need for action on gun safety legislation.
Witnesses present at today’s hearing were:
WASHINGTON – Two months after a mass shooting killed 12 in Virginia Beach and days after 31 died in weekend shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) this week urged the Senate to reconvene and pass commonsense gun safety legislation passed by the House in February.
VIRGINIA BEACH – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today spoke at the grand opening of the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center, giving remarks on the importance of caring for our veterans and military families.
Text of Congresswoman Luria’s remarks are below, and a photograph from the event is attached.
WILLIAMSBURG – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) this week toured Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg, meeting with hospital leadership and staff and discussing critical health care issues.
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced the House of Representatives approved a pair of her amendments as part of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to help servicemembers and their families.
These include an amendment to ensure that the men and women who educate the children of military families are not subject to unfair taxation and another to encourage continued research that is occurring within the Navy’s Wound Care Research Program.
NORFOLK – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) on Friday toured a local children’s hospital, meeting with hospital leadership, medical personnel, and other staff members to learn more about children’s health challenges in Hampton Roads.
At Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, Congresswoman Luria spoke with local reporters before touring the hospital and holding a roundtable to discuss mental health issues, funding, and other pressing priorities.
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today responded to the latest efforts in court to dismantle important and life-saving protections for people with pre-existing conditions, along with every other benefit and protection provided by the Affordable Care Act.
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced House passage of nearly $13 billion in funding she requested for important health, labor, and education priorities, including increased funding for the Head Start program and career and technical education.
WASHINGTON – Yesterday evening, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) voted to pass H.R. 986, the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act of 2019, to safeguard current protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions.
The bill passed 230 to 183, with four Republicans joining Democrats in clearing the House.
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today voted to condemn the administration’s attempted health care sabotage, calling on the Department of Justice to reverse its position in a lawsuit that would nullify the entire Affordable Care Act.
“This is an unacceptable raid on health care in America, and I won’t stand for it,” Congresswoman Luria said. “More than 500,000 Virginians, including beneficiaries of our historic Medicaid expansion, are covered through the Affordable Care Act. Let’s work to protect people’s care, not take it away.”
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today voted for a House resolution to protect Virginians’ health care by strengthening congressional authority to intervene against a lawsuit (Texas v. U.S.) that seeks to strike down the Affordable Care Act, including Virginia’s Medicaid expansion and protections for all Virginians with pre-existing conditions.