Each and every American should have access to reliable, affordable health care.
I arrived in Congress in November 2016 and since then have gone on a hospital and medical center tour throughout Pennsylvania’s Second Congressional District. From Temple University Hospital to Einstein to Lankenau I have listened to doctors, nurses and patients to learn what they think about our nation’s healthcare system.
In March 2017, the House majority party officially released the American Health Care Act (AHCA), their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
I strongly oppose the American Health Care Act, as I simply cannot support a piece of legislation that takes care away from the most vulnerable Americans—the poor, our seniors, people with pre-existing conditions and our working class families.
As passed by the House and now pending in the Senate, the AHCA bill would allow insurers to reinstitute lifetime limit coverage and lift the cap on out of pocket expenses, harming consumers. In addition, the legislation weakens important patient protections by allowing states to waive the essential health benefits, such as visits to the doctor, emergency room care, materials and newborn care, and lab tests.
Americans deserve health care that provides quality coverage at a reasonable cost. I will continue to remain a strong advocate for a health care law that gives everyone in our community the access and resources needed to keep themselves and their families healthy and safe.
For more information about my work on Health, please contact my office.
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PHILADELPHIA (Dec. 17, 2019) – Congressman Dwight Evans (D-PA-3rd) said the bipartisan budget deal the House passed today would make real progress in several areas and avoid a new government shutdown if President Trump signs it into law.
I wanted to take this opportunity to remind you that the open enrollment period for individuals and families buying their own health insurance plans in Pennsylvania runs through this Sunday, December 15, 2019. Any change you make during this period will affect your coverage for 2020, starting on January 1.
I’ll soon be holding another telephone town hall to hear from the people I represent in Philadelphia and to answer questions you may have about what’s going on in Washington with issues like impeachment, gun reform legislation, prescription drug bills and more.
The town hall will take place from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14.
WASHINGTON (Oct. 21, 2019) – The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted late Thursday to pass the Helping Seniors Afford Health Care Act, H.R. 4671. The bill now goes to the full House for final passage.
WASHINGTON (Sept. 25, 2019) – Congressmen Dwight Evans (PA-03) and Ron Estes (R-Kansas) introduced bipartisan legislation this week to address a critical shortage of certified nursing assistants (CNAs). Evans and Estes serve together on the influential House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees much of the U.S. health care system.
WASHINGTON (Sept. 11, 2019) – Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-03) is standing up for the greater Philadelphia region, arguing that more than 550 medical residency slots should stay in the region after the closure of Hahnemann Hospital – not be scattered across the country.
One of the issues that Philadelphians call or email me about the most is health care. Here’s an update on what’s been happening with this vital issue in Washington.
In our first 200 days in power, the new Democratic majority in the House has passed several bills to protect Americans’ health care and lower the cost of prescription drugs -- including insulin, which is crucial for thousands of Philadelphians with diabetes.
WASHINGTON (July 24, 2019) – Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-03) said the House of Representatives is poised to pass a bill today that would protect the pensions of 1.3 million workers and retirees, including thousands of current and retired Acme workers in the Philadelphia region.
As a member of the influential House Ways and Means Committee, Evans co-sponsored and helped to advance the Butch Lewis Act (H.R. 397).