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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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).

November 17, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) led a bipartisan letter alongside 111 of his colleagues asking Congressional negotiators to include his legislation benefitting Vietnam Veterans in the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA – also known as the “Defense Bill”). 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). Legislation based on Rep.

September 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – In response to dangerous air quality levels that have been in the unhealthy range in the Valley for nearly a month, as a result of some of the worst wildfires in California’s history, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today introduced the Wildfire Smoke Relief Act.

September 23, 2020 Press Release

Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) has written a letter to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla requesting that his office take additional measures to ensure nursing home residents can vote without incident this November. Nursing homes in Rep. Harder’s district have been hit hard by the Coronavirus Pandemic, and with recent procedural changes to the voting process, lack of access to support networks, and additional needs for many residents, voting may pose a significant challenge, including unintended clerical errors that may get a ballot rejected.

September 3, 2020 Press Release

Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) is calling on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to expand FEMA housing criteria to support agriculture workers, who are on the frontlines and have been working throughout the Coronavirus Pandemic.

August 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – This week, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) and the largest veterans groups in the United States announced a final effort to secure coverage for Vietnam Veterans exposed to Agent Orange but who are unable to access support from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Legislation based on a bill Rep. Harder introduced was included in the Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), but to become law it must be included in final negotiations. Rep.

August 13, 2020 Press Release

Central Valley Counties, Nursing Homes Have Not Received Machines or Kits

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