Health Care

Rep. Porter Statement on the Affordable Insulin Now Act

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) today released the following statement following the passage of the Affordable Insulin Now Act: "I voted to lower the cost of insulin for millions of families, but today’s bill leaves far too many Americans behind. Telling insurers what to charge will not address the corporate price gouging that leaves patients unable to afford the drugs they need. We must do more...

Porter, Dingell Introduce Legislation to Improve Mental Health Coverage for Public Servants

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA), along with Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), today introduced legislation that would improve insurance coverage for mental health and substance use disorders treatment for frontline workers. The Closing Health Coverage Gaps for Public Servants Act would require that certain care plans ...

TOMORROW: Rep. Katie Porter, Sec. Xavier Becerra to Participate in Orange County Mental Health Roundtable

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IRVINE—On Wednesday, March 9, 2022, Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) will join U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra for a roundtable discussion on local efforts to expand mental health care for Orange County families. Porter, a consistent advocate for improved mental health services, will give brief remarks on how Congress can strengthen the mental health and crisis care system...

Rep. Porter Introduces Legislation to Protect Patients During Public Health Emergencies

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) today reintroduced legislation that would protect patients from reductions in insurance coverage during public health emergencies. The Patients Before Profits Act, co-led by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), would prevent insurers from renegotiating contracts or decreasing reimbursement rates for doctors and other...

ADVISORY: TOMORROW: Rep. Katie Porter, Protect Our Care Rally to Improve Health Care

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IRVINE—On Thursday, September 2, 2021, Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) will headline the final stop of Protect Our Care’s nationwide bus tour to rally for better health care and lower costs. Alongside health care advocates and Orange County families, Porter will speak about the urgent need to reduce drug prices by passing H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, as well as her F...

Rep. Porter Report Details Corruption, Conflicts of Interest in Dialysis Industry

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today released a report detailing how cozy relationships between a patient advocacy group and leading dialysis providers are putting patients at risk. The report, “Dying on Dialysis: Inside an Industry Putting Profits Over Patients,” describes how the American Kidney Fund receives a large majority of its funding from leading dialysis providers DaVita and Freseniu...

Rep. Porter Spearheads Legislation to Help Patients Hold Insurers Accountable

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) introduced legislation to help patients hold insurers accountable for wrongfully denying coverage for health care services. The Justice for Patients Act, co-led by Congressman Lloyd Doggett (TX-35), Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-9), and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), would protect patients’ access to the judicial system, including their ability to join cla...

Rolling Stone: Katie Porter Delivers Another Knockout Punch

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There are few things in Washington more dangerous than Katie Porter with a white board. The latest corporate executive unfortunate enough to be on the receiving side of the California representative’s piercing questioning was Richard A. Gonzalez, CEO of the pharmaceutical giant AbbVie, whom Porter took to task Tuesday during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on price gouging by Big Ph...

Business Insider: Democrat Katie Porter accuses pharma CEO of inflating drug prices and 'lying' to patients and policymakers — all with the help of her whiteboard

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Rep. Katie Porter, a California Democrat, accused AbbVie CEO Richard Gonzalez of lying to Americans and policymakers about why the pharmaceutical giant has dramatically increased the prices of some of its most popular drugs during a Tuesday House Oversight Committee hearing. Using a whiteboard and paper cut-outs to illustrate her points, Porter argued that the pharma company falsely claimed that i...

Patch: Bill Would Help California's Senior Citizens Age In Place At Home

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Congresswoman Katie Porter of the 45th District in Orange County reintroduced bipartisan legislation that would make it easier for older Americans to age in place, her office reported Thursday. The Homecare for Seniors Act, which was introduced with Congressman Don Bacon (NE-2), changes the law to allow older adults to use funds from their health savings accounts (HSAs) for homecare. Porter discus...