On March 23rd, 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, providing coverage to 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions, allowing students to stay on their parents' plans a little longer, saving senior citizens money by addressing the donut hole in Medicare, providing tax credits for working families and small businesses, and guaranteeing that women pay the same as men for health insurance. The law has already put money back in the pockets of millions of Americans, including the 190,000 residents of Minnesota's 8th District - some 39,000 children and 137,000 seniors - who are now eligible for health insurance or Medicare without co-pay, coinsurance, or deductible.
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The Affordable Care Act is an important first step, not the last, in our nation's quest for providing Americans with the assurance, security, and the peace of mind that accompanies quality, low-cost health care.
Affordable Care Act Fix
With that in mind, I have offered a bipartisan, common-sense solution to fix a burdensome cost associated with the Affordable Care Act - a bill I authored called the Health Care Fairness and Flexibility Act. Introduced in the 113th Congress with Rep. David McKinley (R-WV), it would implement a 3-year delay in the ACA's "transitional reinsurance program" that would force additional costs onto working families - and subjected employers who self-insure to expensive insurance fees. This program was designed to steady the cost of health care premiums for individuals in the exchanges, funded by charging all insurers a flat fee, even though the employees of self-insuring companies - including unions and many large businesses - don't benefit from this program. Our bill addresses this problem by delaying the fee, without delaying the program itself, giving employers more flexibility and time to comply with the law, and putting money back in the pockets of hardworking middle-class families.
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U.S. Reps Rick Nolan D-Minn., and Frank LoBiondo R-N.J., on Thursday announced the reestablishment of their bipartisan Congressional Lung Cancer Caucus.
Nolan spearheaded the effort to create the caucus after his youngest daughter, Katherine Nolan-Bensen, was diagnosed with Non-Smoking Stage 4 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, a news release from Nolan's office said.
LoBiondo has long been involved in raising lung cancer awareness following the deaths of his wife's parents to the disease.
State and local health care officials voiced concerns on Friday in Duluth that repealing the Affordable Care Act may impact low-income residents the hardest, and also affect public health, mental health and addiction programs.
U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, DFL-Crosby, heard comments about the ACA from officials and residents in a packed room at the Duluth Depot during a forum on health-care access hosted by the Head of the Lakes United Way.
Healthcare has been a topic of concern recently. Friday afternoon, Congressman Rick Nolan and other local organizations discussed access for Minnesotans. The roundtable discussion swirled around the Affordable Care Act and it's future. Many local healthcare organizations expressed concerns of cuts to programs like Medicaid. Congressman Nolan also weighed in on concerns.
DULUTH, Minn. – Representative Rick Nolan was back in Duluth today. This time, talking health care.
The congressman and medical professionals were part of a panel discussion sponsored by the United Way.
Nolan said, while republicans want to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, there’s no answer to how they plan to do it.
“ In a way, they’re kind of like the dog that caught the car,” said Nolan. “OK, what do I do with it now?”
According to Nolan, nearly 350,000 people in the 8th district would be affected if the ACA is repealed.
U.S. Reps Rick Nolan (D-MN) and Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) today announced the reestablishment of their bipartisan Congressional Lung Cancer Caucus. Nolan spearheaded the effort to create the caucus after his youngest daughter, Katherine Nolan-Bensen, was diagnosed with Non-Smoking Stage 4 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. LoBiondo has long been involved in raising lung cancer awareness following the deaths of his wife’s parents to the disease.
U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today released the following statement regarding the postponement of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) proposed by President Trump and Republicans in Congress:
[WASHINGTON D.C.] U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today offered an amendment to the Senate Republican’s Budget Resolution (S. Con. Res. 3) in an effort to prevent Congress from considering any future legislation that would increase average health insurance premiums, deductibles or out-of-pocket costs, which are expected to occur under Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Despite the universal, nonpartisan need for this type of protection, Republicans in the House Committee on Rules rejected Nolan’s measure.
Final approval for a legislative fix to help Minnesotans with estate claims against them because they were on Medical Assistance has gone into overtime.
"I'm not hitting the panic button just yet," said state Sen. Tony Lourey, DFL-Kerrick, a primary architect of legislation passed in the final minutes of this year's session to end the state's authority to enter claims against the estates of Minnesotans aged 55-64 who receive Medical Assistance.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a wide-ranging medical research bill designed to fund scientific innovations and cutting-edge therapies while also getting medical devices and drugs to market faster.
The 21st Century Cures Act covers everything from a "cancer moonshot" designed to cure that dreaded disease to money to address the nation's opioid addiction crisis to a precision medicine initiative.