Healthcare

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

“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...

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...

Vox: Why the new pharma business model can be bad for research and development

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Success in the pharmaceutical industry these days often looks something like this. A small, scrappy biotech research company comes up with a promising new treatment. Then a major pharmaceutical manufacturer will acquire that smaller company, along with its intellectual property, and bring the treatment to market. The big pharma company makes money on the retail sales. The smaller outfit makes mone...

Rep. Porter Reintroduces Bipartisan Bill to Expand Mental Health Care During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today reintroduced legislation to address the rising need for mental and behavioral health services caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The Stopping the Mental Health Pandemic Act, which passed the House last year, would strengthen the efforts of state and local governments, non-profit organizations, and service providers to tackle behavioral health needs related...

Rep. Porter Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Protect Older Americans from Surprise Medicare Penalties

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today introduced bipartisan legislation to reduce healthcare costs for older Americans. The Medicare Economic Security Solutions Act, co-led by Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-3), would cap unfair late Medicare enrollment penalties levied on seniors. “It doesn’t make sense that we handcuff older Americans to higher healthcare costs indefinitely just for d...

Rep. Porter Calls on Health Insurers to Guarantee Coverage of COVID-19 Vaccine

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today called on insurance companies to guarantee that they will not charge Americans for COVID-19 vaccines or their administration. She was joined by Reps. Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Jan Schakowsky (IL-9), Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Peter Welch (VT-At Large), and Pramila Jayapal (WA-7) in demanding swift action from the national association representing health insurers....