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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Modesto, CA – After nearly 100 residents and workers tested positive for Coronavirus at a Turlock nursing home, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) sent a letter to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) slamming the agency’s response and demanding quicker action. On Thursday, CMS announced it would launch a commission to address the issue, but the panel isn’t even set to meet until the end of May. No timeline for results or subsequent actions has been announced.
WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) released the following statement after voting to pass legislation to provide supplemental support to small businesses and to increase testing.
WASHINGTON – In response to concerns from local Community Health Centers (CHCs) regarding layoffs and provider shortages, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) has asked the Congressional Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis to help immigrant doctors who are at risk of losing their visas. Immigrant doctors who are laid off because of budget shortfalls are required to find a new source of employment within two months or must leave the country.
WASHINGTON – Representatives Josh Harder (CA-10) and Paul Mitchell (MI-10) along with three other colleagues today sent a letter to Robert Redfield, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asking that first responders be added to the top priority category to receive Coronavirus testing. Last month, the CDC recommended testing prioritization to local authorities, but did not include first responders in the first category.
Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today announced that Stanislaus County will receive between $90-$96 million through the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund. Rep. Harder supported the passage of the CARES Act in Congress, which made the money available through a new program. The county will use the funding to expand services and cover unexpected costs that have resulted from the response to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Modesto, CA – As mental health challenges increase amid the Coronavirus, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) has asked the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide immediate federal assistance to the Central Valley. Rep. Harder’s office has heard from dozens of constituents and organizations concerned about increasing mental health issues, including suicide. Congress provided an additional $425 million to allow SAMHSA to support local mental health providers, but that funding has not yet reached the Central Valley.
WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today voted to pass the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the third sweeping bipartisan bill to help America fight the Coronavirus and ensuing economic chaos. The bill will provide direct stimulus payments to individuals and small businesses, extend unemployment insurance, and expedite the production and purchase of necessary medical equipment for medical personnel. Rep.
WASHINGTON – In a letter, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today asked Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to do more to help rural school districts whose students lack access to reliable internet at home. During the outbreak, all schools in Rep. Harder’s district have ended in-person instruction, including Knights Ferry, a rural elementary school district that educates many students who don’t have reliable internet access in their homes.
WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) is finalizing legislation to give everyone access to the Coronavirus vaccine once it’s completed all necessary testing and development. The Universal Coronavirus Vaccine Act would allow the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to administer a Coronavirus vaccine to all Americans at no cost to patients.
WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder’s (CA-10) Paid Sick Leave Credit Act has passed the House of Representatives as part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Rep. Harder’s bill will provide tax credits to businesses that pay sick leave to employees who miss work because of the Coronavirus.