Access to quality and affordable health care is essential to a good life in America. That’s why I have supported numerous bills to improve our healthcare system for all Americans. I voted for the Elijah Cummings Lower Drugs Costs Now Act of 2019, which could lower the costs of prescription drugs for over 600,000 Coastal Virginians. The bill would give Medicare the power to negotiate directly with drug companies to lower prescription drug prices for those covered by private insurance companies. I also added an amendment to this bill that would help federal employees to benefit from the Medicare negotiations as well.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, I have fought to protect the second district’s access to care by cosponsoring bills to improve access to telehealth. This is especially important to protect Virginians during these times of uncertainty. Providing more accessibility to communicate with your health care professional during these uncertain times is of the upmost importance.
I am also making sure communities of color are represented during the pandemic and that Congress is seeking to address disparities in health care. I co-signed a letter that would make sure to include minority communities during the clinical trials for the COVID-19 vaccine because they are disproportionally impacted by the virus. I’m also a member of the Black Maternal Health Caucus, a caucus that focuses on improving Black maternal health outcomes through awareness and science-based policies that do not include implicit bias.
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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – Today, Congresswoman Luria announced her support of Make Medications Affordable by Preventing Pandemic Price Gouging (MMAPPP) Act (H.R. 7296), a bipartisan bill that would protect Coastal Virginians from price gouging for drugs intended to treat COVID-19.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Luria announced her support for the Insulin Price Reduction Act (H.R. 4906). This bill would help reduce drug costs, specifically insulin, for diabetics across the country.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Luria announces her support for the National Public Health Corps Act (H.R. 6822), which would create a new branch of national service to utilize and mobilize those who want to serve on the frontlines of combating COVID-19 in communities across the country.
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – Congresswoman Luria joined her fellow Virginia Congressmembers in a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor about concerns regarding the health and wellbeing of residents and staff in nursing homes during COVD-19.
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – Today, Congresswoman Luria announced her support for the Immediate Relief for Rural Facilities and Providers Act (H.R. 6365), which would provide financial assistance to rural health care providers that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2019, nineteen rural hospitals closed due to financial strain—and with a massive uptick in patients due to coronavirus, our rural communities are relying on their local hospitals now more than ever.