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 23 federally-funded Health Center organizations that serve 511,947 patients through a combined 144 delivery sites.
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.
More on Health Care
Highland Park, N.J. – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) gave an update on legislative progress to combat the surprise medical bills patients receive after emergency room or hospital care. He was joined by local leaders and health care advocates. Last week, Pallone’s bill, the No Surprises Act, passed out of Pallone’s Energy and Commerce Committee with unanimous support.
Highland Park, N.J. – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) held a press conference with local leaders to discuss the urgent need to pass legislation he introduced that would fully ban asbestos. He was joined by Dr. H. Richard Alexander, Chief Surgical Officer at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, C.J. Gesemyer from the Insulators Local 89, Tom Klukosky from United Auto Workers Region 9, Council Member Stephany Kim-Chohan from Highland Park, and Mike Schneider from Insulators Local 32.
There are kids smoking e-cigarettes in your local middle school and high school today, perhaps dozens of them, and many have even mastered the trick of doing it during class without being detected.
U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, D-6th District, wrote to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday to request a briefing on the efforts CDC is taking to educate the public and prevent heat illnesses among youth athletes.
In a statement Pallone’s office said that the letter comes in the wake of several of these avoidable tragedies, including one affecting a family in his home state of New Jersey.
Long Branch, N.J. – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) wrote today to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to request a briefing on the efforts CDC is taking to educate the public and prevent heat illnesses among youth athletes. Pallone’s letter comes in the wake of several of these avoidable tragedies, including one affecting a family in his home state of New Jersey.
EDISON, N.J. – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) announced the introduction of the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019 today. Pallone unveiled the legislation at J.P. Stevens High School today alongside public health advocates. The new legislation aims to address the sharp rise in use of tobacco and e-cigarette products among young people.
New Brunswick, NJ – Today, at Boyt Drugs in Metuchen, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) discussed how barriers to generic drug entry have enabled high prescription drug costs. In an effort to lower drug prices Pallone unveiled policy solutions that will help encourage generics and greater competition in the marketplace. As the Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Pallone is in the process of pushing numerous bills through his Committee to lower the cost of prescription drugs.
Long Branch, NJ – Today at the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey Community Health Center in Asbury Park, NJ Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) called for Congress to advance legislation to strengthen the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and lower insurance premiums. As the Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Pallone is in the process of moving numerous bills through his Committee that will reduce health care costs and increase outreach and enrollment funding for assistance in signing up for coverage.
Washington, D.C. – Energy and Commerce leaders sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar demanding evidence and justifications for the Trump Administration’s final Title X gag rule, which threatens the program’s provider network and its patients’ access to care. The letter was signed by Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr.