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 meeting with local advocates for people with diabetes, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) released a report he had commissioned regarding the costs of insulin in the Central Valley compared with other developed countries. The report found that Central Valley residents who do not have insurance pay twenty-one times more for insulin than patients in Australia.
Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today released the following statement regarding the announcement of S.J. Amoroso Construction Co. Inc. receiving the construction bid for the French Camp VA facility:
“We are long overdue in expanding local health care access for our veterans. Today’s announcement is an important step forward in finally making the French Camp facility a reality. It is good to see tangible progress being made toward shovels in the ground after countless setbacks on this project.
Modesto, CA – After recently touring the Modesto VA Clinic, Rep. Harder heard from veterans and VA officials alike that veterans are experiencing unacceptably long wait times. He heard this is due in part because of doctor and nurses shortages in the Central Valley. After doing more digging, he found that these shortages are because the Modesto VA is prohibited from paying their medical practitioners as much as the Stockton and San Francisco VAs, thus lowering Modesto’s ability to compete for talent. To remedy this issue Rep.
Turlock, CA - Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will invest $26 million to help continue Head Start programs in Stanislaus County. Head Start provides comprehensive early child education, as well as offering health and nutrition programs.
WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today voted for a bipartisan bill to eliminate a 40 percent tax on top-tier health insurance plans. The so-called “Cadillac Tax” was initially passed into law as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but its implementation has been repeatedly delayed thanks to bipartisan opposition.
WASHINGTON – Building on his commitment to accessibility, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) will host two events open to the public during the upcoming district work period. Town halls and office hours give folks in the Central Valley an opportunity to make their voices heard, ask questions about what’s happening in Washington, and get help with federal issues.
WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today announced the introduction of the No Health Care, No Raise Act, legislation which would prevent Congress from receiving a pay raise until everyone in the country is enrolled in comprehensive health coverage. This year’s funding bill for the Legislative Branch includes a $4,500 raise for members of Congress.
WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) worked to pass an amendment he authored through the House of Representatives which would improve health care access for people struggling with opioid use disorder. The amendment passed on a bipartisan vote of 243-174.
Access to Mental Health Care is Top Priority Health Need in Stanislaus County