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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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:
Congressman Dwight Evans (D-PA-2nd) welcomed what the voters’ decision to place Democrats in control of the U.S. House of Representatives will mean for Philadelphia and the nation.
In cooperation with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), the National Urban League launched a multi-city Jobs and Justice tour. During the tour, the National Urban League and its local affiliates will lead a series of town hall discussions about policies that will increase the upward social mobility of African-American families, and help ensure equal protection under the law. The town hall discussions will also focus on how African-Americans can use their voice and vote to change their communities and the country.
Last week, Congressman Dwight Evans (Philadelphia and Montgomery County) introduced the Health Communities Act of 2018, a bill which will help cut down on the amount of health disparities and ensure that research is balanced and more effective.
In the United States, one in eight people identifies as food insecure. Studies have shown that low-income households especially struggle with access to affordable and nutritious foods. Lack of access and options can lead individuals to seek low-cost, low-maintenance meals from fast food restaurants or convenience stores.
Today, Congressman Dwight Evans (Philadelphia and Montgomery County) joined with farmers, small business owners, seniors, food policy advocates and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients at Reading Terminal Market to highlight the critical role SNAP plays in our city and region and oppose any cuts to the program.