Healthcare

 

Congresswoman Porter has made standing up for Orange County patients a top priority—because every family deserves access to quality, affordable healthcare.

Orange County families are facing skyrocketing healthcare costs, and Congresswoman Porter is committed to reducing costs and increasing access to care. Congresswoman Porter successfully led an effort to provide relief for families facing high out-of-pocket medical costs by lowering the income threshold at which families can deduct medical expenses from federal taxes from 10% to 7.5%. This provision was included in 2019 year-end legislation and signed into law by President Trump.

Too many Orange County families face rising prescription drug costs. Congresswoman Porter believes that no one should ever have to choose between putting food on the table or purchasing a lifesaving drug. Congresswoman Porter introduced the Freedom from Price Gouging Act—which passed the House as part of the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act—to prevent drug manufacturers from profiting off unreasonable price hikes. She also introduced the Lowest Price for Patients Act, which would require that pharmacists disclose whether a prescription is more or less expensive without a patient’s insurance.  

Congresswoman Porter has fought to protect the more than 338,000 individuals with pre-existing conditions in California’s 45th District and stood up against the Trump Administration’s legal campaign to eliminate protections provided by the Affordable Care Act for these patients and thousands more across Orange County. She joined her colleagues in passing the Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019, which would protect Americans with pre-existing conditions by preventing insurance companies from selling “junk” healthcare plans. The bill included a Porter amendment that prohibits the Administration from taking any action that would reduce the number of individuals enrolled in comprehensive coverage.

To address the inadequacies in mental health coverage, Congresswoman Porter introduced the bipartisan Mental Health Parity Compliance Act to require that mental health coverage cannot be more restrictive than coverage for other medical care. This would ensure that mental health needs are recognized as legitimate healthcare issues. She’s also introduced legislation to protect students struggling with mental health challenges.  

Congresswoman Porter understands the challenges that Orange County’s Asian American and Pacific Islander, Latinx, and Middle Eastern communities face in accessing culturally appropriate care. She joined her colleague, Rep. Debbie Mucarsel Powell (FL-26) in introducing the Medical Education for a Diverse America Act, which would include culturally competent and language training in medical schools. Congresswoman Porter fought for an amendment during the appropriations process—which successfully passed the House—that would require regulators to provide accurate monthly data on communities enrolling in health care coverage. This would increase understanding of the communities that are uninsured and help improve outreach and enrollment services.

Last year, Congresswoman Porter hosted a roundtable in Orange County discussing Type 1 Diabetes with leading medical experts, local advocates, and children and families living with Type 1 Diabetes. She has made increasing access to affordable, high-quality prescriptions a top priority, and was a lead sponsor of legislation that would give Medicare the power to negotiate for lower prescription drug prices, including insulin.