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.
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Long Branch, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today led a letter to President Trump asking him to provide New Jersey with the testing resources it needs to combat the rising number of COVID-19 cases. In writing to President Trump, the Democratic Members of the House of Representatives from New Jersey requested that the President re-open drive-through testing facilities operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help contain the spread of COVID-19.
Long Branch, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced today that Rutgers University will receive $3.8 million to improve COVID-19 testing in underserved communities.
Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today led a letter urging the Trump Administration to work with the State of New Jersey to ensure that an eventual COVID-19 vaccine is effectively and equitably distributed in the state. In writing to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert R.
Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) issued the following statement today following the passage of the updated Heroes Act:
Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced that his bipartisan bill to improve drug quality, reduce drug shortages, and make pharmaceutical production more efficient passed the U.S. House of Representatives today. Pallone’s National Centers of Excellence in Continuous Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Act of 2019 would allow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to partner with universities across the country, such as Rutgers University, to advance pharmaceutical production.
Long Branch, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced that New Jersey hospitals will receive an additional $597 million from the Provider Relief Fund established in the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that he helped pass in the House of Representatives in March. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it will begin distributing the relief funding to hospitals in areas highly impacted by COVID-19 cases starting next week. Hospitals in New Jersey’s 6th Congressional district will receive over $42.6 million.
Last Friday, the Trump Administration filed a brief with the Supreme Court asking it to torpedo Obamacare, wipe out coverage for 23 million Americans, and strip protections from 130 million more with pre-existing conditions.
House Democrats led by two New Jersey lawmakers on Wednesday introduced legislation to expand the Affordable Care Act at the same time that President Donald Trump has asked the Supreme Court to kill it.