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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

September 12, 2018 In The News

Rep. Peter Welch said he's optimistic that his bipartisan bill that expands the authority of state Medicaid Fraud Units will soon be passed by Congress — and Vermont officials say the bill will give them greater ability to investigate a wide range of fraud cases.

Under current law, state Medicaid Fraud Control Units are allowed to investigate alleged cases of fraud and abuse only if the incident took place in a health care facility.

September 11, 2018 Press Release

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Today at the Vermont State House, Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) unveiled his bipartisan legislation to combat Medicaid fraud and abuse and protect those served by the program from being exploited by fraudulent actors. The bill is expected to be approved by a key House committee this week and move quickly to the House floor for final approval.

Joining Welch at the press conference were Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan and Secretary of Human Services Al Gobeille.

August 1, 2018 In The News

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., talked about health care, minimum wage and the struggles of working people during a town hall meeting Monday at Rutland Regional Medical Center.

Welch, who said he was “home for August” from Washington D.C., did almost all the talking. There were very few comments or questions from the audience of about 40, even though Welch repeatedly stopped to solicit questions. At one point, the congressman drew laughter when he asked if there were “any comments about any tweets.”

July 25, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Reps. Doggett, Welch, and Cummings unveiled new legislation with more than 60 original cosponsors to address the prescription drug affordability crisis: The Medicare Negotiation and Competitive Licensing Act. In the 56 days since President Trump promised major price cuts were coming within just 14 days, one drug maker after another has done the opposite.

July 24, 2018 In The News

Congressman Peter Welch joined Planned Parenthood officials and supporters Monday to defend federal funding for reproductive health services.

July 11, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), joined by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), introduced legislation today that would cut prescription drug costs for families by placing a monthly cap on their out-of-pocket drug costs.  The Capping Prescription Drugs Act of 2018 comes as more than a quarter of Americans are struggling to afford their medicine.  

June 22, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives today approved a bipartisan package of opioid bills, including three bills co-authored by Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.). While supporting the package, Welch decried the lack of a more comprehensive approach to combatting the opioid public health epidemic ravaging communities in Vermont and across the country.

June 19, 2018 Press Release

BURLINGTON, Vt., June 18 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced Monday that Vermont is set to receive $4 million through the State Opioid Response Grants program to help fight Vermont’s opioid epidemic.

May 18, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Today, the Affordable Prescription Drug Task Force, led by U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), joined Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) to call on the Trump Administration to step in to lower the cost of naloxone drugs.

May 11, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s prescription drug plan: