Health Care

Health care is a right, plain and simple. I came to Congress because my brother has a preexisting condition that left our family with a hundred-page medical bill. Without insurance, my parents never would have been able to afford the care he needed, but now insurance itself is becoming too expensive to afford. I hear similar stories from folks at every town hall and in every city I visit. Health care and prescription drug costs are out of control, in fact, the 43,000 people without insurance in our community could pay more than $600 a month for lifesaving medications like insulin. That’s unacceptable and I’m laser-focused on bringing those costs down.

The Affordable Care Act (also known as “the ACA” or “Obamacare”) was an important first step to getting health care for more people, especially folks with pre-existing conditions. I will always fight to protect that access and continue to expand health insurance coverage. I’m also working to bring down costs and bring more doctors and nurses to the Valley.

I’ve already passed multiple amendments through the House to help protect preexisting conditions and increase access to mental health coverage.

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March 22, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Representative Josh Harder released the following statement in reaction to a recent CDC report that placed California 44th among 48 surveyed states in distributing vaccines to counties with the most socially vulnerable residents. Social vulnerability levels were calculated by race, education, poverty, housing, and other factors.

 

March 8, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Congressman Josh Harder (CA-10) called on the federal government to immediately clarify when and if a mass vaccination site will be coming to the Central Valley. In his afternoon press conference just now, Gov. Newsom announced that the federally-funded mass vaccine site he previously announced in the Central Valley is currently on hold. Other states, he said, were, “a little upset” that California was going to receive the Central Valley vaccination site and caused the delay.  

February 23, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Last week, Rep. Josh Harder (CA-10) sent a letter to Acting HRSA Administrator Espinosa and CDC Director Walensky advocating Community Health Centers in his district be selected as federal partners for vaccine distribution and additionally, seek clarification regarding specific details of the program. Despite the disproportionate infection and fatality rates in San Joaquin and Stanislaus County, both counties continue to receive an unequal and inadequate supply of vaccines compared to other parts of the state

 

February 12, 2021 Press Release

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February 12, 2021

CONTACT: Andrew Mamo, (914) 393-5012

 

February 10, 2021 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
February 10, 2021
CONTACT: Andrew Mamo, (914) 393-5012 

January 22, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Continuing his mission to ensure nursing home residents in the Valley get access to vaccines promised by the federal government, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) has sent a letter to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Rochelle Walensky asking the agency to speed up distribution and improve communication on its vaccine distribution to long term care facilities.

December 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) released the following statement after Congressional Leadership struck a final stimulus deal to support Americans struggling through the pandemic. The bipartisan compromise package will provide another round of economic impact payments, this time worth $600. It will also shore up extended unemployment and the Paycheck Protection Program, which saved over 70,000 jobs in Rep. Harder’s district.

December 18, 2020 Press Release

Harder is First Democratic Central Valley Rep to Serve on Committee in Decades

December 10, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) released the following statement regarding the sequencing of vaccine distribution in California.

“Ag is too often left behind in policy discussions and our farm workers get lip service instead of the help they need. It’s not enough to call farmworkers “essential” if you’re not going to treat them as essential.

December 3, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Last night, the final, bipartisan text of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was released and includes Representative Josh Harder’s (CA-10) Fair Care for Vietnam Veterans Act. Many Vietnam Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange and developed particular conditions are currently unable to get certain benefits and care from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA).

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