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Quality and Affordable Health Care

"Like most Vermonters, I believe affordable access to quality health care is a fundamental right of all Americans. My work on this critical issue – in Vermont and now in Congress – has long been guided by three principles: everyone must be covered, everyone must contribute based upon his or her ability to pay, and coverage need not be related to employment. I will continue to push for comprehensive reform of our health care system to achieve quality, affordable care for all Vermonters and all Americans. And I will continue to bring Vermont’s values and successes in improving health care to the national stage."

 

Spotlight on Health Care

In November 2009, the House passed historic health care reform legislation. As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Welch incorporated several Vermont ideas into the legislation. Rep. Welch helped author a provision of the bill to create a pilot program that promotes Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), which rewards the quality and efficiency of care, rather than the volume and intensity of services.  Building on these important reforms is necessary to reduce the rate at which health care costs are growing. He also successfully worked to allow young people through the age of 26 to remain on their parents’ health plans, and repeal the health insurance industry’s exemption from anti-trust regulations.

Today, Rep. Welch is continuing to fight to reduce health care costs, improve the quality of services, and increase access. He currently leads bills in the House that would expand the use of telehealth services, provide crucial support for rural health care providers, and reduce the cost of prescription drugs by requiring the federal government to negotiate prescription drug prices with pharmaceutical companies.

More on Quality and Affordable Health Care

February 15, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON--Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT) today announced that they have reintroduced the Improving Transparency and Accuracy in Medicare Part D Spending Act, which would ensure our community pharmacists receive reimbursement at the rate posted at the time prescriptions are filled.

January 31, 2017 In The News

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch held a roundtable in Burlington Monday with health officials and advocates to discuss the rapidly rising cost of prescription drugs.

January 30, 2017 Press Release

BURLINGTON, Vt.— This morning, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) outlined his legislative agenda in the new Congress to make prescription drugs more affordable for consumers, taxpayers, and businesses providing health coverage to employees.  Welch unveiled his four-point initiative at an affordable medicine roundtable he convened at the Community Health Centers of Burlington.

January 18, 2017 In The News

MONTPELIER - Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., mixed dire predictions with a rallying cry Wednesday as he told Vermont lawmakers to "continue full speed ahead" on health care reform despite the pending repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which affects insurance rates, Medicaid funding, health coverage for young adults and many other aspects of the state's health care system.

January 10, 2017 In The News
Vermont’s congressman is encouraging President-elect Donald Trump to follow through on a position Trump announced a year ago advocating for the federal government to negotiate prescription drug prices.
January 4, 2017 Press Release
In his first bill introduction in the new Congress, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) today unveiled legislation that would cut the cost of prescription drugs for seniors and save taxpayers billions of dollars.
December 10, 2016 In The News
Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., is hailing congressional passage of legislation that will help Vermont and other states combat opiate addiction.
September 30, 2016 In The News

By Erin Mansfield

September 27, 2016 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) today introduced bipartisan legislation with Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) that would address a loophole in the Medicare 340B Drug Pricing Program that is 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.
September 8, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON––Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT), along with Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) and seven other Members of Congress, introduced the Improving Transparency and Accuracy in Medicare Part D Spending Act (H.R. 5951) today, which would ensure our community pharmacists receive reimbursement at the rate posted at the time the prescription is filled.