Health Care

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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August 5, 2020 Press Release

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.

August 2, 2020 Press Release

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.

July 26, 2020 Press Release

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.

July 19, 2020 Press Release

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.

July 7, 2020 Press Release

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.

June 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Luria voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act (H.R. 1425), which will expand access to health insurance coverage, lower prescription drug costs, and combat health disparities to improve our health care system for all Americans.

June 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Luria voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act (H.R. 1425), which will expand access to health insurance coverage, lower prescription drug costs, and combat health disparities to improve our health care system for all Americans.

June 28, 2020 Press Release

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA — Today, Congresswoman Luria announced her support for the bipartisan Expanding Medical Partnerships with Israel to Lessen Dependence on China (EMPIL-DOC) Act (H.R. 6829), which would better enable cooperation between the United States and Israel to find breakthrough technologies and cures for COVID-19 by authorizing a bilateral grant program.

June 20, 2020 Press Release

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA — Today, Congresswoman Luria announced her support of the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act (H.R. 4932). As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, this bill would expand coverage of telehealth services under Medicare in order to expand access to health care.

June 15, 2020 Press Release

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA — Congresswoman Luria joined a bicameral effort calling on Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma to address the COVID-19 crisis occurring within nursing homes across the country and the dire need for additional federal support and guidance.

June 11, 2020 Press Release

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria introduced the Health Care Fairness for Military Families Act, which would allow TRICARE dependents to remain on their parents’ policy until age 26 without a premium increase.

June 1, 2020 Press Release

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – Congresswoman Luria joined a bipartisan group to call on Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Thomas McCaffery to allow mental telehealth services to be covered under TRICARE during the COVID-19 pandemic. Telehealth services have been critical in providing patient treatment while states remain under various degrees of stay-at-home orders, particularly mental health services.

May 10, 2020 Press Release

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – On Mother’s Day, Congresswoman Luria is announcing her support of H. Res. 853, a resolution recognizing the maternal health crisis in the United States and the importance of reducing mortality and morbidity among all women, and honoring mothers.

April 28, 2020 Press Release

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – Congresswoman Luria joined Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester in spearheading the introduction of a bill to help ensure military families and retirees have access to affordable prescription drugs while staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 7, 2020 Press Release

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – During National Public Health Week, Congresswoman Elaine Luria calls for increased production of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline health care workers.

March 31, 2020 Press Release

ONLEY, VA – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded grant funding to the Eastern Shore Rural Health System to assist with their response to the COVID-19 crisis.

“It is critical that we give health care providers the resources they need during this national public health emergency,” said Congresswoman Luria. “Earlier this month, I advocated for the passage of a robust supplemental bill to ensure a comprehensive response to COVID-19. I am glad to see this funding will help our health care providers on the Eastern Shore.”

March 27, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria applauded the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

This bill passed the House today with bipartisan support, following a 96-0 vote in the Senate. It is the third relief package to provide federal resources to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As Congress considers legislation to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congresswoman Elaine Luria sent a letter urging House Leadership to temporarily eliminate copays for mail order prescription drugs through TRICARE.

In her letter, Congresswoman Luria argued temporarily eliminating copays for mail order prescription drugs would allow TRICARE beneficiaries to access their medication at no out of pocket cost while practicing social distancing.

March 20, 2020 Press Release

HAMPTON, VA – Yesterday, Congresswoman Elaine Luria visited the Hampton VA Medical Center to discuss the facility’s preparations to address the coronavirus pandemic.

March 17, 2020 Press Release

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria met with medical officials from Peninsula Health District and Riverside Health System to discuss the Peninsula’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak and challenges that frontline health care workers are facing.

March 17, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria visited Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital to speak about local efforts to combat COVID-19 with leadership from the hospital and the Virginia Department of Health. 

During her tour, Congresswoman Luria observed the hospital’s testing and screening procedures to better understand the challenges that frontline workers are experiencing.

March 16, 2020 Press Release

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – Today, Congresswoman Luria visited the Sentara COVID-19 Incident Center in Virginia Beach with Governor Ralph Northam, Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer, and Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander. After her briefing and tour, Congresswoman Luria spoke at a press conference about the federal response to the COVID-19 epidemic. This visit came shortly after she voted to pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

March 14, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Elaine Luria voted for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This bill would bolster the government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak and tackle the threats that it poses to our safety and financial security.

March 14, 2020 Page

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Elaine Luria voted for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This bill would bolster the government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak and tackle the threats that it poses to our safety and financial security.

February 3, 2020 Press Release

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.

January 14, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria today announced the House passage of H.J. Res 80, which would help veterans find quality and affordable dental care.

January 10, 2020 Press Release

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.

December 20, 2019 Press Release

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.

December 12, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) announced the House’s passage of H.R. 3, the Elijah Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019. This bill would lower prescription drug costs for over 600,000 residents of Virginia’s Second Congressional District.
September 20, 2019 Press Release

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.

September 10, 2019 Press Release

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:

August 8, 2019 Press Release

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.

August 6, 2019 Press Release

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.

August 2, 2019 Press Release

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.

July 29, 2019 Press Release

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.

July 20, 2019 Press Release

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.

July 9, 2019 Press Release

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.

June 19, 2019 Press Release

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.

May 10, 2019 Press Release

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.

April 3, 2019 Press Release

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.”

January 9, 2019 Press Release

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.