Representative Casten believes that Americans have a right to universal, quality, affordable health care. As a member of the New Dem Health Taskforce, he stands solidly behind efforts to protect and strengthen the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Thanks to the ACA, insurance companies can no longer discriminate against people pre-existing conditions or by age, young people can stay on their parents’ health plan until they turn 26, and all insurance plans must cover essential health benefits like maternity care, hospital stays, and prescription drugs.
We must work together in a bipartisan way to strengthen and improve the Affordable Care Act. Rep Casten is a cosponsor of H.R.1884, the Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions & Making Health Care More Affordable Act of 2019 which would:
- Lower health insurance premiums with strengthened and expanded affordability assistance
- Strengthen protections for people with pre-existing conditions
- Stop insurance companies from selling junk health insurance plans
- Reverse the GOP’s health care sabotage that has needlessly driven up premiums and uninsured rates, and empower states to innovate and invest in enrolling more people in affordable health coverage
Lowering Health Care Costs:
Rep. Casten is also working to lower the cost of health care which still remains too high and out of reach for far too many. He has introduced the FLAT Prices Act which would target unfair price hikes for prescription drugs. The legislation imposes penalties on pharmaceutical companies who harm consumers with sudden, exorbitant price increases and promotes competition among manufacturers to lower drug prices.
He has also cosponsored legislation, H.R.1046, the Medicare Negotiation and Competitive Licensing Act, that would directly allow Medicare to negotiate the price taxpayers pay for prescription drugs. In 2018, Americans spent an all-time high of $360 billion on prescription drugs. According to a 2016 Consumer Reports survey, 30 percent of Americans who experienced an increase in the price of one or more of their medications left a prescription unfilled because it was too expensive; 15 percent said they cut pills in half to make them last longer. This bill would authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate drug prices and, if drug companies refuse to negotiate in good faith, it would enable the Secretary to issue a competitive license to another company to produce the medication as a generic.
As a member of the Pro-Choice Caucus, Rep. Casten strongly believes in a women’s right to choose. Politicians have no place in the extremely personal and complex decision-making process between a woman and her doctor. The Congressman opposes anti-choice actions that limit women’s access to abortion and birth control. Rep Casten will continue to fight for the constitutionally protected rights for American women.
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Downers Grove, IL – Today, U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) introduced the Ensuring Seniors’ Access to COVID Treatments Act, which would require Medicare Part D plans to cover drugs to treat COVID without cost-sharing, prior authorization, or other utilization management barriers. While previous pieces of legislation covered COVID testing and waived cost-sharing for Medicare beneficiaries under Part B, Casten urges that the same needs to be done for COVID treatments under Part D.
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Casten said, “After four years of corruption, cruelty, and deadly incompetence in the White House, today marks the beginning of a new day for America. With today’s swearing-in of President Biden and Vice President Harris, glass ceilings will be shattered, and a new era of truth-telling and integrity will begin.
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“As a nation, we are fortunate to have a vaccine that is safe and proven. We are also fortunate to have a public health system that has developed a robust protocol for national vaccine and I’m particularly thankful the first round of vaccines continue to be distributed to our frontline health care workers who have worked tirelessly to combat this virus.
Downers Grove, IL. – Today, U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06), as a member of the Pro-Choice Caucus, joined Co-Chairs Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) along with the Pro-Choice Caucus Task Force Chairs including Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and 115 members of the House in a letter to Senate leaders urging them to delay confirming any Supreme Court nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg until after the next president is sworn into office.
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