As Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Congressman Pallone believes that all Americans should have access to high-quality, affordable healthcare and advocates for legislation that will help achieve these goals.
The Affordable Care Act was a major step towards expanding coverage, lowering healthcare costs and protecting patients from insurance company abuses. He continues to be its ardent defender in the face of numerous Congressional “repeal and replace” attempts.
In addition, Congressman Pallone uses his leadership role on the Committee to protect the integrity of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, bring drugs to market faster, make our food system safer, and support work that will advance public health. He is particularly passionate about efforts to improve health outcomes for children, women, and the underserved.
Affordable Care Act
As the Chairman of the Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee during the 111th Congress, Congressman Pallone played a key role in writing the health reform bill and helping to guide it through the House and eventually into law. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act makes significant investments in the health of our nation while controlling costs.
The law includes critical consumer protections and ends the control of insurance companies over consumers. Insurance companies are not allowed to drop coverage when people get sick and cannot impose lifetime caps on coverage. It stops unjustified premium hikes by insurance companies and ensures that no one with pre-existing conditions will be denied coverage. It makes it easier to access preventive care, by eliminating co-pays for many preventative services. Young adults may now stay on their parents’ health coverage through 26.
Community Health Centers
Community Health Centers provide vital health services to the local community, particularly to those who may not access health care otherwise. In New Jersey, there are 24 federally-funded Health Center organizations that served 561,965 patients and provided over 2 million patient visits in 2018.
Congressman Pallone is proud to support community health centers so they may grow and expand. According to the National Association of Community Health Centers, community health centers in Congressman Pallone’s district leveraged $7,245,311 in federal investments and served approximately 63,135 patients in 2016.
FDA User Fee Reauthorization
Congressman Pallone introduced bipartisan legislation in 2017 to provide the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with additional resources through fees on pharmecutical companies to upgrade the safety review of prescription drugs.
The bill, which was passed by Congress and signed into law by the President, reauthorizes the drug and medical device user fee programs, which will ensure that FDA gives patients access to therapies at the earliest possible time. It also includes a generic drug and biosimilar user fee agreements which will speed the delivery of low-cost generic drugs to patients.
The law will also enable FDA to better incorporate the patient perspective in the regulatory process, advance regulatory science and support the modernization of the clinical trial and review process.
Lowering Prescription Drug Costs
Congressman Pallone knows that lower prescription drug costs are a top priority for many Americans. That's why he led the House passage of H.R.3, the Lower Prescription Drug Costs Now Act, which empowers the federal government to negotiate directly with drug companies on 250 of the most expensive drugs and makes those prices.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office anticipates that H.R. 3 will save the federal government about $500 billion over ten years. H.R. 3 reinvests those savings back into the American people by creating the most transformational improvement to Medicare since its creation – delivering vision, dental and hearing benefits – and turbocharging the search for new cures and treatments.
More on Health Care
Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) released the following statement today after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted an emergency use authorization for Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine:
Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Rescue Plan:
“Early this morning, the House passed an American Rescue Plan that struggling families desperately need to help stay afloat during this ongoing public health and economic crisis.
Washington, DC – Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) issued the following statement today on President Biden’s Community Health Centers Vaccination Program:
“President Biden’s announcement today is great news for the equitable distribution of vaccines in the coming weeks and months. I spoke to President Biden about the need to allocate vaccine doses from the federal government directly to Community Health Centers when I met with him and other House leaders on Friday. I also mentioned the need to provide resources to fully support the Centers.
Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) issued the following statement today after attending a White House meeting with President Biden, Vice President Harris, and House Democratic leaders to discuss the urgent need to provide COVID-19 pandemic relief to the American people:
Long Branch, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced today that New Jersey will receive $216 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for costs associated with storage, transport, distribution, and administration of COVID-19 vaccines. The funding will be distributed to the New Jersey State Police who are working with the New Jersey Department of Health to distribute and administer COVID-19 vaccines.
Edison, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today toured the vaccination site at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center with Governor Phil Murphy in Edison. The site is one of six mega-sites in New Jersey designed to help accelerate COVID-19 vaccinations around the state.
Asbury Park, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today provided an update on the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic at the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey (VNACJ) Community Health Center in Asbury Park. He was joined by local elected officials and Christopher Rinn who serves as CEO of VNACJ Community Health Centers.
Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today announced that New Jersey will receive over $591 million to combat the transmission of COVID-19. The state will receive $511,244,494 for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing and $80,258,162 for vaccination activities. The funding will be distributed as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act Congress passed in December.
Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Omnibus and Coronavirus Relief Bill:
“This legislation is an all-encompassing package that delivers the resources we need to end the coronavirus pandemic, get help to hardworking Americans, and secure progress in our fight against climate change. It provides funding for vaccines, COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, and direct support to American families.
Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today announced that New Jersey will receive over $5 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to improve the state’s vaccine preparedness and COVID-19 testing capacity. The state will receive $4,096,616 through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for vaccine preparation and $1,806,500 through the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act for COVID-19 response activities.