Since passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, 20 million Americans – including 422,000 Virginians receiving insurance from Healthcare.gov– have gained access to health insurance and the uninsured rate is the lowest in history.
The Affordable Care Act works, and a repeal of the law without a replacement would be malpractice to the health of millions of Americans, but also malpractice to the American economy. That’s why I spoke on the Senate floor this week to urge my colleagues to abandon talk of repealing this landmark program. I heard firsthand about the impact of the Affordable Care Act from patients and providers at a community health center in Alexandria this week. Learn more about my visit here.
Also, I’m excited to announce that the Senate passed the 21st Century CURES Act this week, a bipartisan bill that includes critically important funding for breakthrough biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health, including the Cancer Moonshot Initiative. The bill also includes $1 billion in funding to combat the opioid abuse crisis, which was recently declared a public health emergency in Virginia, as well as policies to improve access to mental health care. Read more about this bill here."