Congressman Kennedy believes health care is a fundamental right and there is no more unifying human need than the ability to take care of our loved ones when they are sick and suffering.
He applauds the undeniable strides made by the Affordable Care Act to bring health coverage to tens of millions of Americans and guarantee coverage for pre-existing conditions, mental health, maternal care and other essential health benefits. He believes we must continue on the path of transformative reform to ensure no American is priced out of life-saving care. To that end, he supports Medicare for All and the transition to a system that ends the devastating inequities that persist in American health care today.
Kennedy helped lead Congressional efforts to block the Trump Administration’s repeal of the ACA, taking the GOP to task over ‘an act of mercy.’ Since then, he has worked to block this Administration’s countless proposals to take health care away from millions of American families. He has fought their efforts to impose onerous work requirements on coverage, gut Medicaid, reduce prescription drug discounts for rural and under-served hospitals and deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions. Kennedy has spearheaded proposals to expand Medicaid coverage, close a drug pricing loophole exploited by pharmaceutical companies, make hearing aids available over the counter and give every bill that passes the House of Representatives a ‘health care score’ that measures the potential loss of health coverage associated with any legislation.
In particular, Kennedy has established himself as a national leader on mental health and substance use disorders. He has led legislation to strengthen mental health parity, expand mental health coverage for children and pregnant women, increase Medicaid reimbursement rates for behavioral health providers, protect mental health care for kids in Medicaid, ensure equity in addiction treatment and strengthen prescription drug monitoring. He has urged federal authorities to review the impact of insurance mergers on mental health care and pushed his Congressional colleagues to expand the scope of their mental health reform efforts. In Massachusetts, he worked with the local community to establish Bristol County as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking area, securing critical federal resources to help combat the opioid epidemic.
Read more from Joe:
- March 17, 2020 • Press Release
- March 10, 2020 • Press Release
- March 10, 2020 • Op-ed
KENNEDY ANNOUNCES CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE MEETING, URGES EMERGENCY FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERSMarch 03, 2020 • Press Release
- February 27, 2020 • Press Release
- February 13, 2020 • Press Release
- January 29, 2020 • Press Release
- December 16, 2019 • Press Release
- December 12, 2019 • Press Release
- December 11, 2019 • Press Release
- December 10, 2019 • Press Release
- November 20, 2019 • Press Release
- September 30, 2019 • Press Release
- June 13, 2019 • Press Release
Kennedy, Warren Reintroduce Behavioral Health Coverage Transparency Act, Legislation to Prevent Discrimination Against Patients Seeking Mental Health and Addiction CareMay 21, 2019 • Press Release
- May 20, 2019 • Op-ed
- March 26, 2019 • Press Release
- March 12, 2019 • In The News
- February 27, 2019 • Press Release
- February 14, 2019 • Op-ed
KENNEDY ON SHUTDOWN: "This is about an Administration that has spent two years treating the livelihood of working families as a bargaining chip."January 23, 2019 • Press Release
- October 13, 2018 • In The News
- October 10, 2018 • In The News
- October 10, 2018 • In The News
- September 28, 2018 • Press Release
- September 12, 2018 • Press Release
- August 06, 2018 • In The News