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

Dec 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, December 12, the House of Representatives passed the Farm Bill in a bipartisan vote, including legislation sponsored by Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL) and Congressman Mike Rogers (R-AL) to address deteriorating wastewater infrastructure in rural communities. Known as the Rural Septic Tank Access Act (H.R. 5837), the legislation provides grants for the construction and repair of decentralized wastewater systems in underserved areas. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) introduced a companion bill in the Senate.

Sep 26, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, the House passed bipartisan government funding legislation to delay another government shutdown until December 7, combining a short term discretionary stopgap bill with full discretionary spending for the departments of Defense, Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services. The funding package includes provisions which would provide loan flexibility for struggling Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and address regional disparities in Medicare reimbursement policies. Congresswoman Terri A.

Apr 13, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) joined Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) to introduce H.R. 5506, the Physician Assistant Direct Payment Act. This bill is designed to allow physician assistants (PAs) to receive direct payments from Medicare for the services they provide. Currently, PAs are the only Medicare-eligible health professionals not paid directly.

Mar 19, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell led four appropriations letters urging FY19 investments in sickle cell disease research and screening, poison control centers, equitable Medicare payments for rural hospitals, and programs that reduce racial, economic, ethnic, and geographic health disparities.

Feb 14, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar appeared before the House Ways and Means Committee to testify about the White House budget request for HHS. The President’s budget cuts Medicare by $500 billion, Medicaid by $1.3 trillion, and renews the failed Republican attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, raising health costs and taking health coverage away from millions of Americans. Congresswoman Terri A.

Jan 30, 2018 Speech

On Tuesday, January 30, 2018, Rep. Sewell delivered her State of the District Address for Alabama's 7th District. A transcript of Rep. Sewell's speech is available below and video is available here

Thank you all for joining me today.

To my constituents, to Alabama’s state and local elected officials, and to my district’s many community leaders, I am honored to be before you today to report on the state of Alabama’s 7th Congressional District.

Nov 3, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, November 3, the House of Representatives voted to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), offsetting the reauthorization with cuts to Medicare, the Prevention and Public Health Fund, and other health programs. Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) voted against the bill when it passed by a 242 to 174 vote.

Nov 1, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. On Wednesday, the national health care open enrollment period begins, enabling people who buy health insurance through the individual marketplace to shop for coverage for 2018. The federal open enrollment period runs from November 1st through December 15th. During this time, constituents have the opportunity to enroll in or change their health care plan. Alabama residents can visit EnrollALA.com for more information or call (844) 248-7698 for free assistance.

Oct 31, 2017 Speech

On Wednesday, November 1, the national health care open enrollment period begins, enabling people who buy health insurance through the individual marketplace to shop for coverage for 2018. The attached PDF provides a list of navigators for towns across the state of Alabama. If you have trouble signing up for health care, take a moment to call your local navigator for free guidance.

Oct 26, 2017 Speech

On Thursday, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) and Congressman Ralph Abraham (R-LA) led a bipartisan group of 174 Members of Congress in a letter urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)  not to finalize cuts to Medicare payments for home health providers until stakeholders can fully analyze the impact of the proposed changes. The proposed CMS cuts would result in an estimated loss of $950 million for home health providers that care for more than 3.5 million Medicare beneficiaries across the country.