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
Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today announced that New Jersey will receive $6.5 million for COVID-19 vaccine awareness campaigns, education, and outreach. The funding will help expand outreach to increase vaccination rates and will be distributed through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) issued the following statement tonight on President Biden's first Joint Address to Congress:
Washington, DC – Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) today re-introduced H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act.
Sayreville, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today held a press conference to discuss how the American Rescue Plan will accelerate COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration in New Jersey. He was joined by Middlesex County officials at a vaccination site to highlight the state’s ongoing efforts to vaccinate residents efficiently and equitably.
Long Branch, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today announced that Community Health Centers in New Jersey will receive $129,653,750 to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines, testing, treatment, and preventative health services in underserved areas. The funding will be administered through the Department of Health and Human Services as part of the American Rescue Plan, which Pallone helped author, to ensure that underserved and vulnerable communities are not left behind in the government’s response to the pandemic.
Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today announced that New Jersey will receive $267,527,208 to support COVID-19 screening testing for teachers, staff, and students so that schools can safely re-open for in-person instruction. The funding is part of the American Rescue Plan that Pallone authored in the U.S. House of Representatives and President Biden signed into law last week. State and certain local health departments should expect to receive the funding by early April.
Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) released the following statement after the Biden Administration announced an expansion of the Community Health Centers Vaccination Program:
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) released the following statement today after Congress passed the American Rescue Plan. The bill passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 220 - 211 and will soon go to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law.
“The American Rescue Plan will go a long way towards crushing the coronavirus. Under President Biden, for the first time we have a national plan to fight the virus that does not force states and local governments to compete with each other for testing, contact tracing, and medical supplies.
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: