May 20, 2019

Boston Globe:  Getting people the behavioral health care they need

by Congressman Joe Kennedy III & Senator Elizabeth Warren

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 … Continue Reading

May 16, 2019

VICE:  The U.S. Is About to Decide if LGBTQ People Truly Count as Citizens

by Congressman Joe Kennedy III

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 … Continue Reading

February 28, 2019

The Advocate:  Why I Fight for Trans Youth

by Congressman Joe Kennedy III

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. … Continue Reading

February 14, 2019

The American Prospect:  A Call to Moral Capitalism

by Congressman Joe Kennedy III

Last month, our President told 800,000 federal employees to make do without paychecks for 35 days. Full-time workers lined up at soup kitchens. Families frantically begged for loan deferments, credit extensions, and acts of mercy from their banks. Air traffic controllers put in 10-hour shifts, then worked as Uber drivers to make ends meet. The contract workers who clean government offices, guard government doors and serve government meals are still not guaranteed one cent of the pay they … Continue Reading

November 20, 2018

STAT News:  Kennedy Op/Ed: It’s time to legalize marijuana at the federal level

by Congressman Joe Kennedy III

The first recreational marijuana shops in the commonwealth of Massachusetts are opening their doors Tuesday, two years after Massachusetts resoundingly voted in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana. It's a familiar trend across the country, where popular support for marijuana has surged. Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia have now legalized marijuana in some form - three on Election Day just this month. I've remained skeptical. My reluctance to embrace legalization stems … Continue Reading

April 30, 2018

Foreign Affairs:  Kennedy Op/Ed: Time for a new U.S. foreign policy narrative

by Congressman Joe Kennedy III & Ian Bremmer

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump told a powerful story about the United States' role in global affairs. It was a dramatic narrative full of free-riding allies, unchecked globalization, and nuclear brinkmanship. Refugees and immigrants were cast as villains, repressive regimes like Russia and China were regarded with admiration, and human rights and democratic freedoms were pushed to the sidelines. As a candidate, Trump painted a gloomy portrait of American weakness and … Continue Reading

April 09, 2018

USA Today:  Kennedy Op/Ed: Mental health crisis isn't about guns. It's about Trump & GOP gutting Medicaid

by Congressman Joe Kennedy III

"A mental health problem at the highest level," President Trump said after a shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas left 26 parishioners dead. "Mental health is often a big problem underlying these tragedies," House Speaker Paul Ryan said after a gunman killed 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. If Republican leaders are talking about mental health, it's generally for one reason - to avoid talking about guns. By any measure, the claim that mental illness is to … Continue Reading

January 16, 2018

Cosmopolitan:  Kennedy op/ed: More Than 100 Days After CHIP Expired, Republicans Still Aren't Making It a Priority

by Congressman Joe Kennedy III & Lauren Kennedy

January 15, 2018

The Fall River Herald News:  Kennedy op/ed: Broken energy market leaves Mass. consumers in the cold

by Congressman Joe Kennedy III

May 03, 2017

STAT News:  Kennedy op/ed: Trumpcare is a historic attack on mental health care

by Congressman Joe Kennedy III

A woman recently walked into my Massachusetts office to talk about her daughter, who had been diagnosed with serious mental illness in 2007, when she was just 4 years old. A decade later, the stories this mother shared with me are heartbreaking. The countless hospital visits. The fights with insurers and doctors and courts. The time her daughter was kept for 21 straight days in the emergency room as her family desperately searched up and down the East Coast for a single available treatment … Continue Reading

April 04, 2017

Boston Herald:  Kennedy Op/Ed: Justice system hangs in the balance

by Congressman Joe Kennedy III

March 23, 2017

U.S. News and World Report:  Kennedy op/ed: An act of malice

by Congressman Joe Kennedy III

September 08, 2016

The Huffington Post:  Kennedy op/ed: The promise of mental health parity

by Congressman Joe Kennedy III

There are a lot of ways you could describe the mental health bill that passed the House of Representatives in July. A first step. A start. A compromise. It's a decent piece of legislation that tackles the margins, not the meat, of mental health reform. That's okay. A system as expansive, entrenched, underfunded and wholly broken as our mental health system will require more than one bill to fix it. What's not okay is to call this bill historic, pat ourselves on the back and move on. (Today's … Continue Reading

January 25, 2016

Boston Herald:  Kennedy op/ed: U.S. must be ready to sanction Iran

by Congressman Joe Kennedy III

The weekend before last was an historic moment in American diplomacy. International inspectors certified that Iran had shipped 25,000 pounds of low-enriched uranium to Russia, removed the core of the Arak reactor, and dismantled more than 13,000 centrifuges. Iran's nuclear infrastructure is no longer on the threshold of weaponization and it has fulfilled its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. That is undeniably good news. Successful implementation of the plan does not, … Continue Reading

September 12, 2015

The Herald News:  Kennedy Op/Ed: Providing equal access to justice for all

by Congressman Joe Kennedy III

A young single mom diagnosed with breast cancer whose employer fired her after she asked for time off to continue chemotherapy treatments. A grandmother facing the loss of her family home and the shelter it provides for her kids and grandkids. An African-American nurse who objected to racist and discriminatory treatment at work and was fired. These stories, and hundreds more like them, are the mission of South Coastal Counties Legal Services, a legal aid organization providing free … Continue Reading

August 07, 2015

The Herald News:  Kennedy Op/Ed: Our unfinished march toward equality for LGBT Americans

by Congressmen David Cicilline and Joe Kennedy III

Today, for the first time in our nation's history, all Americans can marry the person they love. Regardless of the state you call home, when you and your spouse decide you want to spend the rest of your life together, your country can no longer stand in the way. In a nation where just over a decade ago gay marriage was banned in every single state, that is amazing progress. An achievement to be celebrated, cherished and commemorated but also one that serves as a stark reminder of work still … Continue Reading

March 06, 2015

Huffington Post:  Kennedy op/ed: Expanding the conversation on STEM

by Congressman Joe Kennedy III

Open a newspaper or turn on the TV today and you'll be hard pressed to ignore the steady drumbeat of an improving economy. Unemployment rates are at pre-recession levels. Private sector jobs are growing at the fastest pace since 1997. The number of Americans without health insurance has fallen by nearly 30 percent. In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts we added over 60,000 jobs last year alone, pushing our unemployment rate down to 5.5 percent. But this rosy picture is only half the story. … Continue Reading

February 20, 2015

Milford Daily News:  Kennedy Op/Ed: Congress must join fight against opiate abuse

by Congressman Joe Kennedy III

Just one month into 2015, the headlines are sadly familiar: Heroin use rising in Kentucky; Accidental deaths from drug use on rise in North Dakota; Massachusetts sees spike in heroin overdoses, deaths. For years, the statistics around opiate and heroin abuse have begged for action. Last year the city of Taunton experienced over 200 overdoses alone. In the first 20 days of 2015 the city had 10 more. They are hardly alone. As our country and commonwealth struggle to stem this epidemic, … Continue Reading

November 18, 2014

Kennedy Op/Ed: Acción ejecutiva debería incluir la eliminación de "Comunidades Seguras"

Haciendo caso omiso a las demandas del pueblo estadounidense los republicanos de la cámara baja se han pasado años obstruyendo el camino hacia una reforma migratoria integral. Después de innumerables intentos de negociar y encontrar un camino a seguir, el Presidente parece estar dispuesto a usar su autoridad ejecutiva para arreglar nuestro roto y retrógrado sistema de inmigración. Las propuestas que están emergiendo de la Casa Blanca hasta el momento … Continue Reading

November 18, 2014

Huffington Post:  Kennedy Op/Ed: Executive Action Should Scrap Secure Communities

by Congressman Joseph Kennedy III

Ignoring the demands of the American public, House Republicans have spent years standing squarely in the way of comprehensive immigration reform. After countless attempts to negotiate and find a way forward, the president appears poised to use his executive authority to fix our backwards, broken system. Proposals emerging from the White House so far are heartening; from overhauling a deportation system that has torn thousands of families apart to expanding essential visas for businesses and … Continue Reading

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