Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Votes to Expand Health Care Protections, Lower the Cost of Prescription Drugs
(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) voted in support of H.R. 1425, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act, legislation to strengthen the Affordable Care Actand make health care and prescription drugs more affordable. This legislation passed with bipartisan support, 234-179.
“For people across our district, concerns about health care are paramount. We need to continue building on the progress of the Affordable Care Act to lower health costs and prescription drug prices, especially as our communities combat the public health crisis of COVID-19,” said Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher. “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act expands access to health care, protects people with pre-existing conditions, and lowers prescription drug prices. It also encourages states that haven’t expanded Medicaid, such as Texas, to finally do so. I was proud to vote in support of this legislation and I will continue working in Congress to protect and strengthen health care for people across Texas’ Seventh Congressional District.”
Throughout her time in Congress, Congresswoman Fletcher has fought to increase access to health care and lower the costs of prescription drugs. Congresswoman Fletcher cosponsored and voted to pass H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act. The bill gives Medicare the power to negotiate the cost of prescription drugs, extends those lower prices to private payers, and caps out-of-pocket medication expenses for seniors at $2,000 a year. This legislation now awaits Senate consideration. In February, Congresswoman Fletcher hosted a community conversation on health care, focused on the rising costs of prescription drugs, at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church West Campus.
Specifically, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act:
Lowers health coverage costs and caps premiums: Expands the ACA’s insurance affordability by:
A factsheet on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act can be found here.