One of my top priorities is working to strengthen Medicare and Social Security. Hardworking seniors who paid into Social Security and Medicare deserve retirement security. I will continue to support measures that enhance the solvency of these critical federal programs.
I am a cosponsor of several bills to protect Medicare, including the Medicare Negotiation and Competitive Licensing Act. This bill would authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to negotiate drug prices and, if drug companies refuse to negotiate in good faith, it would enable the Secretary to issue a competitive license to another company to produce the medication as a generic.
To make sure Virginians continue to access the care they need, I have cosponsored the Protecting Pre-existing Conditions and Making Healthcare More Affordable Act. I believe Congress should do everything it can to protect Virginia’s historic Medicaid expansion and overall access to affordable health care. Our focus should be lowering health care costs and the price of prescription drugs – not gutting protections for seniors with pre-existing conditions.
Additionally, I am a cosponsor of the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act. This bill would expand opportunities for training in palliative and hospice care and offer incentives to attract and retain providers. In addition, through existing programs, the bill would create a national campaign to educate patients, families and health professionals about the benefits of palliative care.
More on Seniors
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria today announced the House passage of the Protecting Older Workers from Discrimination Act (H.R. 1230). This bipartisan bill would strengthen anti-discrimination protections for older workers to prevent ageism in the workplace.