Health Care

New Report by Rep. Katie Porter Exposes Big Pharma’s Launch Price Abuse

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) today released a report documenting how Big Pharma has set prices for new drugs higher and higher to line its pockets. The report, “Skyrocketing: How Big Pharma Exploits Launch Prices to Cash in on Cancer,” analyzes pricing and spending data to expose how the prices of newly launched cancer drugs put patients and taxpayers at risk. “Our report…

Rep. Katie Porter Introduces Bill to Protect Patients and Give Watchdogs More Transparency into Medicare-Funded Private Insurance

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter today introduced legislation to help patients and government watchdogs evaluate the quality of private health insurance plans provided through Medicare. The Medicare Advantage Consumer Protection and Transparency Act, co-led by Representatives Diana DeGette (D-CO), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), improves data collection and holds…

House Passes Rep. Porter’s Legislation to Improve Mental Health Coverage for Public Servants

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WASHINGTON—The House of Representatives today passed legislation from Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) to improve insurance coverage for mental health and substance use disorder treatment for firefighters, public school teachers, police, and other frontline workers. The House approved provisions from Congresswoman Porter’s Closing Health Coverage Gaps for Public Servants Act, co-led by…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…