Healthcare is a right every El Pasoan should enjoy. However, El Paso County still has one of the highest uninsured rates in Texas. With out of pocket costs and premiums soaring, it is crucial for Congress to come up with solutions for everyday Americans. I was proud to vote in the 116th Congress for several healthcare bills, including the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act. This bill would strengthen the Affordable Care Act, bolster protections for El Pasoans, and contains an amendment I introduced to ensure Navigator programs, which help Americans navigate the healthcare marketplace, meet the needs of vulnerable populations. Additionally, I voted for the Elijah Cummings Lower Prescription Drug Costs Now Act. Too many El Pasoans are having trouble with the rising cost of prescription drugs and this bill would give the Department of Health and Human Services the tools it needs to negotiate directly with pharmaceutical companies over the price of drugs.
As Vice Chair of the Democratic Women’s Caucus, I will continue to advocate on behalf of women’s health care. Texas currently has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the country, and I am committed to improving women’s access to affordable, high quality health care. I am proud to cosponsor bills like the Healthy MOMMIES Act, which would extend Medicaid coverage for pregnancies from 60 days to a full year after giving birth. We need to break down healthcare barriers to ensure women have safe pregnancies when they choose to do so.