Health Care

  • Oct 06, 2016

  • Pain Capable: Cathy helped write and then voted for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which will establish federal legal protection for unborn children at 20 weeks, with exceptions to save the life of the mother or in cases of rape or incest. 
  • 21st Century Cures Act: Cathy authored six major provisions of this package which offers hope for the millions of Americans suffering from currently incurable and untreatable diseases. Innovation and discovery should be accelerated; treatments should be quickly available; and curing diseases should be a priority here in the United States.
  • The Steve Gleason Act: Cathy introduced the Steve Gleason Act and led the successful effort to get it passed into law. This bill to help ensure access to cutting-edge speech generation devices for those who need them to communicate with their loved ones and caregivers. The bill is named for and inspired by Spokane, Washington native and former NFL football star Steve Gleason, who was diagnosed with ALS in January 2011. This commonsense legislation reverses shortsighted policy changes by the Obama Administration that have limited access to this technology and made communication impossible for individuals suffering from degenerative conditions.
  • ABLE Act: Cathy was a chief cosponsor on the ABLE Act, which provided for individuals with disabilities - through tax-free savings accounts - to save for education, transportation, housing, and other future expenses. It empowered millions like her son, Cole, with the opportunity to live independently and have a better life.
  • Securing Seniors Health Care Act: Cathy voted in support of this bill to protect seniors’ option of choosing the best Medicare plan to meet their needs, including Medicare Advantage.
  • ACE Kids Act: Cathy is a cosponsor of this bill that helps medically complex kids of families on Medicaid access 21st century health care.
  • Preserving the rights of employers and employees regarding health plans: Cathy was original co-sponsored this legislation to preserve association health plans, which allow small businesses to band together to offer high-quality, affordable health care to employees and their families.
  • Breast Cancer Awareness: Cathy and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi hosted a bipartisan breast cancer awareness event to celebrate women who fought breast cancer, honoring ABC News’ Cokie Roberts, and showing that breast cancer is a bipartisan concern.
  • Cancer Care: Cathy introduced the Cancer Care Payment Reform Act of 2015. This would establish a national Oncology Medical Home Demonstration Project for the purpose of improving Medicare payments for cancer care.
  • Maintains strong protections for life: The budget Cathy supported maintains important pro-life provisions, including the Hyde Amendment, and prohibits taxpayer funding for abortion. It also includes a ban on FDA approval for genetically modifying human embryos and cuts funding for a program involved in abortion-related activities, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), by 7 percent.
  • Provides critical health care benefits for 9/11 first responders: More than 30,000 first responders continue to suffer from injuries or illnesses sustained during the 9/11 attacks. The bill contains a bipartisan measure to permanently reauthorize critical health care benefits for these brave men and women.