Congresswoman Terri Sewell

Representing the 7th District of Alabama
 

Health Care

Health Care

 “As your Member of Congress, I remain committed to protecting the significant strides we have made and ensuring all Americans can receive the quality and affordable healthcare they deserve.” 

-Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell 


Every person in the 7th Congressional District, Alabama and across America deserves access to affordable, quality health care, whether you live in a city or a small town.  That is why I strongly support President Obama’s health care plan and the health care reform signed in to law last March.
 
We cannot return this country to the defective status quo that left 30 million Americans without insurance.  The health care law put Americans back in charge of their own health care.  Millions of American families now have access to health care benefits and protections that are improving their everyday lives, a new incentive system is being implemented to encourage better coordination and quality of medical care for all patients by rewarding providers for the value rather than quantity of medical services delivered and patients are better informed, making them more value-conscious consumers. 
 
With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the discriminatory practices of insurance companies that deny care based on pre-existing conditions have been put to a stop. Out-of-pocket expenses that insurance companies have imposed on my constituents will now be capped, protecting Alabama and the 7th Congressional District's residents from bankruptcy due to unaffordable health care costs.  This legislation also eliminates lifetime caps and annual caps on people who have paid for insurance, ensuring that the 2.5 million Alabama residents with private insurance coverage never have to worry about their coverage running out and facing catastrophic out-of-pocket costs, and tightly regulates insurance plans’ use of annual limits to ensure access to needed care.  This will protect the 2.3 million residents of Alabama with health insurance from their employer, along with anyone who signs up with a new insurance plan in Alabama.
 

For more information concerning my work and views on the issue of Health Care, please contact my Washington, DC office.
 
I look forward to your feedback.
 
Thank you.

 

More on Health Care

Aug 14, 2017 Press Release

CAMDEN, AL – After 60 years in operation, John Paul Jones Hospital in Camden will be closing as an acute care hospital. The hospital plans to transition into an urgent care facility.  Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) releases the following statement:

Aug 3, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, August 2, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) joined Congressman Mike Kelly (R-PA) in announcing the introduction of the Strong Families Act (H.R. 3595), a bill to encourage employers to provide paid family medical leave. The Strong Families Act creates a tax credit for employers who voluntarily offer at least four weeks of paid leave. Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Senator Angus King (I-ME) introduced a companion bill (S. 1716) Tuesday in the Senate.

Jul 28, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – On Thursday night, the Senate voted down the latest version of Trumpcare, a health bill which would result in 16 million more uninsured Americans over the next decade.

Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) releases the following statement:

Jul 12, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Less than one week after Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stated that a limited bill could be needed to stabilize the health insurance marketplace, a group of House Democrats from across the political spectrum unveiled a five-part plan to improve upon the Affordable Care Act and stabilize the individual marketplace.

Jun 29, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) cosponsored the introduction of H.R. 3044, bipartisan legislation that allows Medicare Advantage insurance plans to offer a wider array of benefits to chronically ill enrollees. The legislation waives uniformity requirements among Medicare Advantage plans and allows insurers to offer plans better tailored to meet the individual needs of patients with chronic illness.

Jun 27, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – On Monday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) published a report highlighting the severe cost and impact of the Senate’s TrumpCare legislation. The new CBO analysis shows that the bill would eliminate health insurance for an estimated 22 million Americans and raise health care costs for seniors and working families. Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) releases the following statement:

Jun 23, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, Senate Republicans unveiled a TrumpCare discussion draft after weeks of secrecy and closed-door discussions. The new version of the health care repeal bill would eliminate insurance for millions of Americans, make deep cuts to Medicaid, gut key coverage protections, and drive up health care costs for older Americans and working families.

Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) releases the following statement:

Jun 15, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, bipartisan foster care legislation introduced by Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL) and Congressman Lloyd Smucker (R-PA) passed the full House Committee on Ways and Means. The Reducing Barriers for Relative Foster Parents Act makes it easier for foster children to be placed in the home of a family member by encouraging states to update their foster care systems to promote such placements. Children raised by relatives experience increased stability, greater safety and permanency, and better behavioral and mental health outcomes.

Jun 8, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, Reps. Terri Sewell (D-AL) and Lloyd Smucker (R-PA) introduced the Reducing Barriers for Relative Foster Parents Act, legislation which makes it easier for foster children to be placed in the home of a family member. Children raised by relatives experience increased stability, greater safety and permanency, and better behavioral and mental health outcomes, and the Reducing Barriers for Relative Foster Parents Act encourages states to update their foster systems to promote placements with family members.

Jun 8, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price came before the Ways & Means Committee for a hearing on President Trump’s HHS Budget. Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL), a Member of the Ways & Means Committee, questioned Sec. Tom Price on President Trump’s failure to fulfill previous commitments to protect Medicaid funding and to fully fund other health commitments.

Watch Rep. Sewell’s full remarks in the HHS hearing with Sec. Tom Price.