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Representative Dwight Evans

Representing the 2nd District of Pennsylvania

Health

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 way 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.

More on Health

October 10, 2017 In The News

Rep. Dwight Evans tells WURD’s afternoon host that the states’ settlement with Big Tobacco should be the model for a war on guns

Nationally, we’ve pretty much got used to the routine of reaction to mass shootings. Once the shock wears off, we’re grappling with a mix of heartbreak and outrage. Soon after, we’ve launched into a full blown debate over America’s obsession with guns and, naturally, reflexed into a conversation about gun control.  

October 9, 2017 In The News

Nationally, we’ve pretty much got used to the routine of reaction to mass shootings. Once the shock wears off, we’re grappling with a mix of heartbreak and outrage. Soon after, we’ve launched into a full blown debate over America’s obsession with guns and, naturally, reflexed into a conversation about gun control.  

October 5, 2017 Press Release

This week, in response to the horrific tragedy that took place in Las Vegas, and the continuing scourge of gun violence in Philadelphia, Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-02) hand-delivered a letter to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro outlining our Commonwealth’s need to use all resources possible to advocate for common sense gun reform. 

September 28, 2017 Press Release

Rep. Dwight Evans and Rep. Smucker, along with, today introduced the Strengthening Our Pediatric Workforce Act – bipartisan legislation that will help address America’s growing pediatric physician shortage by creating a new grant program for children’s teaching hospitals to make additional residency positions available for pediatric specialists.

September 25, 2017 Press Release

Philadelphia-Mayor Jim Kenney, City and State leaders as well as stakeholders denounced the latest Health care proposal by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-La) today.  The Graham-Cassidy legislation would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and make significant changes to the Medicaid program by replacing funding for the ACA’s Medicaid expansion and individual insurance market subsidies with a block grant program funded through 2026.

September 12, 2017 In The News

Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano sat down for vegan Philly cheese steaks and sweet potato fries with Democratic Rep. Dwight Evans of Pennsylvania at HipCityVeg in Chinatown, a vegan restaurant that began in Philadelphia. 

July 28, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-02) released the following statement after the Republican “skinny repeal” bill failed in the Senate early this morning.

“What happened on the Senate Floor is not a victory but a much needed opportunity for President Trump and Republicans in both the House and Senate to focus on the needs of the American people,” Congressman Evans said. “I’ve long said there is a big difference between governing and campaigning.  It’s time for the Republican Party and the President to govern.”

July 28, 2017 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) introduced the Addiction Recovery for Rural Communities (ARRC) Act, a bipartisan bill that will help rural communities bolster their efforts to fight the opioid and addiction epidemic. Joining Congresswoman Bustos to lead the legislation in the House are Representatives Rick Crawford (AR-01), Roger Marshall (KS-01) and Dwight Evans (PA-02) – all fellow members of the House Agriculture Committee. Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Luther Strange (R-AL) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) also introduced companion legislation in the U.S. Senate.