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

Sep 21, 2022 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – This week, U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07), Darin LaHood (IL-18), and David Kustoff (TN-08), introduced bipartisan legislation to break down barriers to mental health services and substance use disorder crisis services. H.R. 8892, the Access to Mental Health Services Act, will heighten awareness of such services and identify gaps in coverage under private insurance. The legislation will help to ensure that Americans can get the help they need, especially in times of crisis.

Aug 29, 2022 Press Release

Birmingham, AL - Today U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), awarded AIDS Alabama a $2,342,245 grant for its Navigator funding.

Aug 12, 2022 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) voted to pass the Inflation Reduction Act, a historic legislative package that will tackle inflation, drive down health care and energy costs, cut the deficit, and make the largest investment to combat climate change in United States history. The bill is fully paid for by making the wealthiest corporations begin to pay their fair share. Included in the bill is Rep. Sewell’s climate justice legislation to reduce pollution and promote carbon capture technology.

Aug 8, 2022 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Reps. Terri Sewell (AL-07) and Jason Smith (MO-08) introduced H.R. 8580, the Long Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Access and Stability Act. This bipartisan legislation would extend pandemic-era Medicare payment policies for LTCHs for one year after the end of the Public Health Emergency (PHE). Such an extension would prevent steep and sudden Medicare payment cuts to LTCHs and allow these specialized hospitals time to transition back to pre-pandemic policies.

Jul 29, 2022 Press Release

Washington D.C. – Today, U.S. Reps. Terri Sewell (AL-07) and Vern Buchanan (FL-16) introduced H.R. 8581, the Preserving Access to Home Health Act of 2022. This bipartisan legislation would help preserve access to home health services for seniors and Americans with disabilities by preventing proposed cuts to home health payment rates from taking effect.

Jul 20, 2022 Press Release

Washington D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) voted to invest in Alabama families and the American economy with government funding legislation for Fiscal Year 2023. This legislation will support our neighbors and families, create good-paying jobs, and protect Alabamians’ health and well-being. Within this package, Rep. Sewell secured millions in funding for local community projects in Alabama’s 7th Congressional District. It will now make its way to the U.S. Senate.

Jul 15, 2022 Press Release

Washington D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) voted to defend women’s access to reproductive health care in response to the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade and Republicans’ push for a nationwide abortion ban.

Jun 28, 2022 Press Release

Thomasville, AL – Today, U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) continued her Congress in Your Community Tour in Thomasville, Alabama. Rep. Sewell began by visiting Thomasville’s Westervelt Lumber Mill where she toured the facility and spoke with employees during a town hall event. She then toured the Thomasville Regional Medical Center and met with the facility's leadership to help address their urgent funding needs.

Jun 24, 2022 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) released this statement following the release of the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade:

Jun 22, 2022 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) voted for a bipartisan legislative package strengthening access to care for Alabamians grappling with mental illness and substance use disorders. Advancing President Biden’s bold vision for a bipartisan Unity Agenda, the Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act will strengthen and expand more than 30 federal programs to address widespread shortages in mental health professionals and other barriers to care.