Affordable Health Care for Every American
Peter strongly believes that every American has a right to affordable health care. He is fighting to cut the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs and advance cost-effective telemedicine technology.
- Pass Medicare for All
- Allow the importation of safe prescription drugs from Canada
- Cut the cost of prescription drugs for seniors by using Medicare’s purchasing power to demand a better deal from drug companies
- Remove barriers to the development of low cost generic drugs
- Block any attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade and repeal the Hyde Amendment
- Fully fund Planned Parenthood and Title X family planning services
- Provide significant resources to communities on the front lines of opioid epidemic
- Increase funding for NIH disease and drug research
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WASHINGTON – Rep. Welch’s legislative committees, House Energy and Commerce and Oversight and Reform, marked up and passed over the past week core elements of the $3.5 trillion Budget Reconciliation package. The legislation, the Build Back Better Act, included transformational provisions championed by Rep. Welch that will address the climate crisis, lower health care costs, expand access to affordable health care, and increase broadband connectivity.
WASHINGTON – Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) today sent a letter to Michel Vounatsos, CEO of Biogen, demanding answers about the $56,000 annual price tag for Aduhelm. Aduhelm was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help treat the more than 6 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley is teaming up with U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D-VT-AL) to lead a bicameral letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra asking him to quickly establish a reference pricing program for pharmaceutical drugs, lowering United States’ drug prices to be in line with other wealthy nations. Merkley is also leading the introduction of a Senate resolution to call on the president to take urgent actions to lower prescription drug costs for American patients.
WASHINGTON – Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) yesterday re-introduced bipartisan legislation with Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.) that would address a loophole contributing to the rising cost of health care for consumers and threatening access to lifesaving medications. This legislation continues Welch’s efforts to fix the broken prescription drug market that has led to unrestrained price increases for consumers and providers.
SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – At an airport press conference this morning before returning to Washington, Rep. Peter Welch outlined major drug price relief legislation that will be considered by the House on Thursday.
The Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019 (H.R. 3) will empower the federal government to negotiate lower drug prices with the pharmaceutical industry, saving taxpayers and consumers an estimated $500 billion. Welch has long championed price negotiation legislation in Congress.
Washington – Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), Co-Chair of the Congressional Telehealth Caucus, along with fellow Co-Chairs Rep. Peter Welch (VT-AL), Rep. Bill Johnson (OH-06) and Rep David Schweikert (AZ-06), announced the introduction of the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act. This bipartisan and bicameral package will help expand access to important telehealth services that can lower health costs and make health care more efficient for patients.
WASHINGTON – Last night, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a major drug pricing reform bill that includes a price negotiation initiative long championed by Rep. Peter Welch.
The Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019 (H.R. 3) was approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee by a vote of 30-22. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the bill will save at least $345 billion. It is expected to be considered by the full House in the near future.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representatives Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-5), Brendan F. Boyle (PA-2), and Peter Welch (VT-At Large) introduced the Better Tools to Lower Costs Act of 2019 which would expand access to affordable prescription drugs for low-income Medicare beneficiaries by suspending a restrictive asset limit that prevents many in need from qualifying for relief.
WASHINGTON – Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) today introduced bipartisan legislation with Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.) that would address a loophole contributing to the rising cost of health care for consumers and threatening access to lifesaving medications. The introduction of this legislation is the latest in Welch’s efforts to fix the broken prescription drug market that has led to unrestrained price increases for consumers and providers.
Washington, D.C. – The Ways & Means Committee approved the Seniors’ Chronic Care Management Improvement Act (H.R. 3436), introduced by Reps. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) and Peter Welch (D-VT). The bill eliminates coinsurance requirements for chronic care management (CCM) services which are non-patient facing, non-clinical services that providers perform behind the scenes to better coordinate care for Medicare beneficiaries with two or more chronic conditions.