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

May 24, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report showing that the healthcare repeal bill which passed the House this May would eliminate healthcare coverage for 23 million Americans. For sick patients in states which waive essential health requirements, CBO predicts that healthcare coverage could become unaffordable and likely unattainable. Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) releases the following statement:

May 4, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Republicans passed a healthcare repeal bill through the House of Representatives despite unanimous opposition from Democratic lawmakers. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reports that, should the bill become law, an estimated 24 million Americans will lose healthcare coverage. Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) releases the following statement:

Mar 30, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) joined Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) in introducing the bipartisan Cancer Care Payment Reform Act. The bill establishes a five-year demonstration project using the framework of the successful patient-centered Oncology Medical Home (OMH) model developed by community oncologists in recent years. Using the OMH model, physicians have partnered with insurers to pilot several successful payment programs, which have proven to provide better patient care and achieve cost savings to the health care system.

Mar 27, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Republican leadership pulled the GOP healthcare repeal bill off the House floor minutes before a vote was going to be held on the legislation.

Mar 13, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released projections of how many Americans would gain or lose insurance under the Republican proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act as well as cost projections for the proposed bill. The CBO analysis comes nearly a week after the Ways & Means Committee considered and voted to advance the Republican repeal bill. Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell voted against the repeal bill in committee.

Mar 9, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – At a Ways & Means Committee bill hearing Thursday morning, Congresswoman Terri Sewell (AL-D) spoke out against the Republican repeal bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. At the time of the hearing, the Congressional Budget Office had not yet released any estimate for the cost or impact of the Republican repeal bill. Calling for a delay of the Committee’s vote on the GOP repeal bill, Congresswoman Sewell cited worse coverage standards, increased health expenses for families, and the bill’s unknown price tag and impact as major concerns.

Mar 9, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, the House Ways & Means Committee considered amendments to the Republican health plan and voted to advance the bill in Congress, despite not yet having any estimate for the bill’s cost or impact from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (AL-D) offered amendments to the bill that would prohibit increases in taxes and medical costs for rural farmers and prevent rural hospital closures. The amendments offered by Rep.

Mar 7, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – On Monday, Republicans in Congress released legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act. The GOP health bill would make large cuts to Medicaid, destabilize Medicare by reducing funding for the Medicare trust fund, and increase health costs for working and low-income families. Estimates suggest that 357,000 Alabamians are at risk of losing their coverage if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed.

Feb 2, 2016 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Terri Sewell and Congresswoman Diane Black (R-TN) introduced the Fair Medicare Hospital Payments Act of 2016 (H.R. 4428), a bipartisan bill that increases Medicare reimbursements for rural hospitals in Alabama and other states with large rural populations.

Aug 6, 2015 Press Release

Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (AL-7) released the following statement after the Alabama State House passed a General Fund Budget that includes a $156 million cut to the state Medicaid Agency:

“I am outraged that the Alabama State House of Representatives cut $156 million from the Alabama Medicaid Agency. This is a fiscally and morally deplorable way to cover the state’s budget shortfall. The impact on Children’s Hospital, rural hospitals and nursing homes would be devastating, if not fatal.