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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More on Health Care

April 16, 2020 Press Release

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.

March 27, 2020 Press Release

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.

March 25, 2020 Press Release

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.

March 20, 2020 Press Release

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.

March 16, 2020 Press Release

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.

March 12, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – In response to concerns over missed work for employees, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) has introduced the Paid Sick Leave Credit Act of 2020. The bill would provide tax credits to businesses that pay sick leave to employees who miss work because of the Coronavirus. The bill complements legislation being led by the House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott which would require businesses to provide paid sick leave to workers affected by Coronavirus.

February 10, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) released the following statement following President Trump’s 2021 budget proposal:

“This budget is so absurd that I’m almost waiting for someone to yell April Fools. Literally less than a week ago the President said that he wants to protect health care at the State of the Union – but actions speak louder than words and today he put out a proposal that would cut $1.6 trillion from health care programs. This is terrible for the Valley and our families, and I’ll fight these cuts tooth and nail.”

February 6, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – After the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) admitted that a “clerical error” had allowed a lapse in the official public health emergency for the opioid crisis, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) sent a letter to the Department’s Secretary, Alex Azar, demanding answers.

February 4, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) released the following statement after President Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union Address.

“Tonight we heard a lot of the same tough talk, but talk is cheap.

February 3, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) released the following statement in advance of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address.

“I hope the President doesn’t come out guns blazing. I’m sure it’s tempting for him to be punchy because of all the fighting in Washington, but after all this chaos, it would be nice to hear something that’s unifying and optimistic.

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