Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) today applauded the bipartisan passage of the Fair and Accurate Medicaid Pricing Act as a part of H.R. 3253. By forcing pharmaceutical companies to accurately calculate prices in the Medicaid drug rebate program, this legislation would close a loophole that costs taxpayers up to nearly $600 million annually. "Patients should not be forced to forgo lifesaving medication because they cannot afford it and pharmaceutical compa… Continue Reading
Continuing his effort to ensure health care is affordable and accessible, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today introduced the bipartisan Fair and Accurate Medicaid Pricing Act. By forcing pharmaceutical companies to accurately calculate prices in the Medicaid drug rebate program, this legislation would close a loophole that costs taxpayers up to nearly $600 million annually. "Patients are dying because they cannot afford prescription drugs and pharmaceutical companies are lavishing in profits crea… Continue Reading
In a speech in the House of Representatives this morning, Congressman Joe Kennedy III raised concerns about the fragility of the economic recovery and the metrics used to measure economic success. Continuing his call for moral capitalism, Kennedy referenced the cost of basic necessities like child care, education and health care outpacing wage growth for working families. "Just over a decade after hitting rock bottom, our economy is still sick for one simple reason: We haven't correctly diagnose… Continue Reading
A bill was reintroduced today in Congress to ban the use of the "gay panic" and "trans panic" defenses in cases of murder, assault, and other violent crimes.
Rep. Joe Kennedy III introduced the legislation in the U.S. House and Sen. Ed Markey in the Senate. Both are Democrats from Massachusetts.
Read more here: https://www.advocate.com/politics/2019/6/05/bill-congress-would-ban-gay-trans-panic-defenses… Continue Reading
The picket line outside Stop & Shop became a full-fledged political rally Monday afternoon as elected officials such as U.S. Rep Joseph Kennedy III spoke in support of protesting workers Kennedy said had been "stabbed in the back" by their employer.
Read more here: https://www.heraldnews.com/news/20190415/kennedy-lends-his-support-to-stop-amp-shop-workers-at-fall-river-rally… Continue Reading
Rep. Joe Kennedy III's great aunt Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded the Special Olympics more than a half-century ago. But according to the Massachusetts congressman, that has "little to do" with the reason he staunchly opposes Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's proposal to eliminate federal funding for the organization.Read more here: https://www.boston.com/news/politics/2019/03/28/joe-kennedy-special-olympics-betsy-devos… Continue Reading
Earlier this year, a federal judge ruled in favor of more than 50,000 patients who brought a class action lawsuit against UnitedHealth Group, the nation's largest health insurer, for unfairly denying their claims for mental health and substance use disorder treatment. In his ruling, the judge blasted UnitedHealth for cutting costs at patients' expense and preventing them from getting recommended treatment unless their behavioral health issue was an emergency.
This ruling was an important victor… Continue Reading
The first time I walked in the Boston Pride Parade was early in my first campaign for Congress. It was an amazing experience, made unforgettable because I marched with my predecessor and LBGTQ icon, Barney Frank. Every few paces we walked, spectators would jump over barriers to shake Congressman Frank's hand and offer a few quick words of gratitude: "Congressman, thank you. You changed my life." That day, I received an extraordinary message from a man leaving elected office after decades of serv… Continue Reading
Four years ago, I sat around a crowded conference room in Fenway Health, an incredible organization serving Boston's LGBTQ community, and met with stakeholders to figure out how we were going to pass a bill to protect transgender citizens in public spaces.
Joining me around the table were experts, physicians, and activists who led the charge on this vital legislation, but one group that stood out to me were Massachusetts families with transgender children who had come to share their stories. An… Continue Reading