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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Most have survived, thanks in no small part to the frenzied work of the city’s trauma surgeons. But just because someone manages to cheat death in an operating room doesn’t mean he or she won’t face months or years of struggling to recover, to adapt to a new life full of physical and psychological disabilities that create significant needs.
Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-03) today voted to advance a bill that would help rein in the high cost of prescription drugs.
“I know that many Philadelphians struggle with the high cost of their medicine, and this bill would take several important steps to make those prices more affordable. Today I shared with the committee the story of Chase, a 10-year-old Philadelphian who has diabetes,” Evans said. “There’s more to be done, but this bill is a good start.”
Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-03) today voted to advance two bills that would help many workers: the SECURE Act, a bill to bring retirement security to more small business employees, and the BRIDGE for Workers Act, a bill to help unemployed people get re-employment services.
Evans serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees taxes, trade, Social Security and Medicare. The committee voted out both bills today.
Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-03), a member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, today spoke to the Council of the Great City Schools, which includes 74 of the nation’s largest urban public school systems.
Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-03) announced he will vote today for a bipartisan spending bill that would prevent another government shutdown if President Trump signs it into law.
“I met with many federal employees from Philadelphia and the region who were forced to work without pay or were furloughed without pay for 35 days during the recent shutdown. That was unfair to them and the people they serve. I am against a new shutdown. The people deserve a functioning government, and the workers deserve to get paid for their work!” Evans said.
Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-03), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, delivered these remarks today at the committee’s hearing on high prices for prescription drugs:
Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-03) announced that Feb. 14 is the deadline to apply for $1.8 million for grants to help bring grocery stores to “food desert” communities.
The grants will be provided through the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, a federal program that is modeled on a Pennsylvania initiative that Evans championed as a state lawmaker. He successfully worked to renew funding for the federal program in the five-year farm bill that became law last year.
Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-03) has been tapped for two key subcommittees within the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees major issues including taxes, trade, Social Security and Medicare. He will serve on the Health Subcommittee and the Worker and Family Support Subcommittee.
Congressman Evans issued the following statement:
WASHINGTON — Two Philadelphians have been named to the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, appointments that could boost the city’s power in Congress and the profiles of two ambitious lawmakers.
Reps. Brendan Boyle and Dwight Evans, both Democrats, were named to the committee Wednesday.
Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-03) was sworn in today as part of the new Democratic-majority House of Representatives, and he plans to introduce four bills in the coming days to help Philadelphians.
“The new Democratic House is starting to work right away for the people. We’ll be passing bills to end the government shutdown and to restore voting rights and reform our democracy. And that’s just on day one,” Evans said.
The bills Evans plans to introduce or reintroduce first are: