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Health Care

I believe adequate health care should be a right for every American. Health care is an issue that concerns every one of us, regardless of what we look like or where we come from. We all want what is best for the health and well-being of ourselves and our families. I was proud to vote for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010. Since its enactment, the law has given millions of Americans access to health care coverage. Thanks to the ACA, insurance companies can no longer deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions,  young people can stay on their parents’ health plan until they turn 26, and all insurance plans must cover health care basics like emergency room visits, hospital stays, and prescription drugs. No law is ever perfect, and now we need to work together in a bipartisan way to strengthen and improve the Affordable Care Act.

My Work on Health Care

Oct 13, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - For seven years, the Republican Party promised us a better health care plan with lower costs and better coverage. When they failed to live up to their promises, all that President Trump could deliver was a cruel slap in the face to millions of Americans who depend on these payments for lifesaving care. It is blatantly wrong to punish the American people just because the Republicans who control Congress failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Sep 28, 2017 In The News

For Batavia veteran Larry Orsborn, attending the wellness fair in Aurora Thursday for veterans was the "right thing to do."

"Unfortunately there are not a lot of 'outside' people who know as much about the resources available as the people that are here do," Orsborn said.

Sep 21, 2017 In The News

Illinois Democrats in Congress expressed outrage over the 

Aug 23, 2017 In The News

JOLIET – It’s time we stop naming substance users as addicts, Will County Director of Substance Use Initiatives Dr. Kathleen Burke said.
“I want to ask everyone today to stop using the word ‘addict’ because it’s derogatory and it stigmatizes,” Burke said Wednesday. “People have a medical disease. It’s a substance use disorder. ‘Substance users’ is what I try to say.”

Aug 22, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – On Tuesday, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) led a letter to President Trump with Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-WV), Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), urging him to implement the recommendations of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. It was signed by 52 Members of Congress.

Jul 28, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement on the failure of the skinny repeal in the Senate:

“This result is what happens when you try to pass unpopular legislation behind closed doors with no public transparency,” Foster said. “It’s also what happens when you try to take away health care from millions of hardworking Americans. I hope that Republicans will now work together with Democrats to strengthen the Affordable Care Act and cease their efforts to sabotage it.”

 

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Jul 26, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued a statement on the responses from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) on the number of cuts if the President’s FY2018 Budget Request takes effect.

Jul 7, 2017 In The News

JOLIET – Democratic Congressman Bill Foster, D-Naperville, hosted a forum on the Affordable Care Act and Health Care on Thursday night at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center.

Health care professionals and more than 100 people attended to discuss their concerns about the potential repeal of the ACA, also known as Obamacare, and what that would mean for people concerned with losing their insurance.

Jul 7, 2017 Press Release

Joliet, IL - Last night, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) hosted a community forum to discuss the latest news about the debate over health care and the Affordable Care Act.

Over 100 people were on hand to hear from a panel of healthcare experts and concerned constituents of the 11th District.

Jun 21, 2017 Press Release

Aurora, IL – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) announced that VNA Health Care in Aurora has been awarded a Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive grant for their FreshFirst program. The FINI grant program, which is provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides funding for local, state, and national organizations to make it easier for low-income families to afford fresh fruit and vegetables as well as provide educational programs that focus on nutrition.