Healthcare

Rep. Porter Spearheads Legislation to Crack Down on Big Pharma Price Hikes

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today reintroduced legislation to prevent drug manufacturers from profiting off unreasonable price hikes. The Freedom From Price Gouging Act, co-led by Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Congressman Jason Crow (CO-06), and Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03),would recover taxpayer dollars from pharmaceutical companies that hike pharmaceutical prices to incre... Read more »

Reps. Porter, DeLauro Reintroduce Legislation to Protect Patients from Paying More for Drugs

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) reintroduced legislation to better protect patients from exorbitant pharmaceutical prices. The Lowest Price for Patients Act, co-led by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), would require pharmacies to inform patients if it’s cheaper to purchase a drug at the pharmacy’s cash price instead of with their insurance. “While Big Pharma is hiking drug prices left and rig... Read more »

Fighting Corruption in Healthcare

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Dear Friend, As your Representative, I promised I would fight to drive down healthcare costs and improve the quality of care for Orange County families. That’s why I’ve been working for two years to stop corrupt practices in the healthcare industry, especially among organ procurement organizations and dialysis providers. This month is National Donate Life Month, a time to commemorate organ donors ... Read more »

Reps. Porter, Herrera Beutler Reintroduce Legislation to Protect New Parents from Surprise Medical Bills

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation to protect new parents from surprise medical bills. The No Surprise Bills for New Moms Act, co-led by Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-3), would simplify the process for enrolling newborns in health coverage. “Growing your family should be a time of joy; instead, our healthcare system often springs surprise medical... Read more »

Rep. Porter Reintroduces Bill to Reduce Violence Against Individuals with Mental Illness and Disabilities

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45), along with Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29), and Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05), today reintroduced legislation to reduce violence against individuals with mental illness and disabilities. The Mental Health Justice Act would make it easier for state and local governments to send trained mental health professionals ... Read more »

Pulling Back the Curtain on COVID Relief

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Dear friend, As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, our state and local governments are struggling to stay afloat. Since the start of this pandemic, I’ve been fighting to get California state leaders and Orange County local officials the support they need to guide our community through this crisis. Nearly a year later, I remain committed to passing a relief package that matches the size and scope of t... Read more »

Big Pharma's Killer Profits

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Dear friend, I’m not afraid to stand up to corporate special interests, especially when the health of Orange County families is on the line. Last October, I grilled a Big Pharma CEO about the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs. My questioning focused on how his company spent more money on stock buybacks, which enrich shareholders and executives, than on research and development that save liv... Read more »

Rep. Porter, Sen. Merkley Reintroduce Medical Debt Relief Bill

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) and Senator Jeff Merkley (OR) today reintroduced legislation to shield patients with medical debt from long-term financial devastation. The Medical Debt Relief Act would remove paid off or settled medical debt from a patient’s credit report and institute a year-long waiting period before new medical debt can be reported. “No one chooses to get sick, yet under our... Read more »

“We’ve Lost Our Soul,” “It Felt Like Death By a Thousand Cuts”: Rep. Porter Report Details the Devastation of Pharma Mergers

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today released a report documenting the devastating effects of Big Pharma’s mergers and acquisitions. It includes a case study of the 2002 takeover of Immunex, a small biotechnology firm, by Amgen, which at the time was the largest biotechnology company in the world. Through first-hand accounts, the report highlights how such consolidations curb scientific innova... Read more »

Reducing Healthcare Costs, Protecting Seniors

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Dear friend, I regularly hear from constituents about how the staggering cost of healthcare prevents them from having the coverage and care they need. That’s why, throughout my time in Congress, I’ve fought to make quality care cheaper and easier to get for Orange County families. For older Americans, that means being able to count on securing Medicare coverage. That’s why I introduced legislation... Read more »