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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The bipartisan Women and Lung Cancer Research and Preventive Services Act, which calls for a “comprehensive study on women and lung cancer,” was introduced in the House this week. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-New Jersey) and Rep. Rick Nolan (D-Minnesota) introduced the legislation, while Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Virginia) and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Oregon) joined them as original cosponsors.
A companion piece of legislation was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California).
A group of Pine County residents who successfully fought to change state law affecting Medicaid payments and their estates now is trying to do the same thing in Washington.
"It needs to be removed at the federal level because it can come back to haunt us at any time, really," said Julie Gelle of Sandstone.
As a retired federal employee, I recently had to change my health insurance dependents, and add my wife, as she lost her individual coverage. It turned out to be a very complicated issue with several federal agencies involved. I was unable to get the cooperation I needed to resolve the problem, until I contacted Congressman Rick Nolan.
Happy New Year! America Gets Ready for 2018
Fireworks over the U.S. Capitol are a joy - now hopefully we’ll see fewer fireworks and more cooperation inside the Capitol and the halls of Congress here in 2018.
Eighth District U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan’s daughter Katherine is in a daily life-and-death struggle with a lung cancer for which there is currently no cure.
But the congressman is still thankful this Thanksgiving weekend because Katherine is not only alive, but also handling well the latest regimen of “wonder” drugs trying to fend off the nasty foe that is adenocarcinoma stage 4 lung cancer.
[WASHINGTON D.C.] U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today released the following statement regarding Republican legislation that cuts Medicare and critical Public Health programs in order to pay for Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP) and Community Health Care Centers:
[WASHINGTON D.C.] U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, Co-Chair of the Lung Cancer Caucus, today spoke out for more lung cancer awareness and research funding at Life & Breath (LAB) Lung Cancer Rally and Die-In held in front of the United States Capitol.
U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan and Rep. Tim Walz, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, today met with local military Veterans from the International Falls and Koochiching County area to discuss issues with the implementation of Veterans Choice and the future of VA Community Care.
U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today announced his support for a bill which seeks to restore the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) ability to combat the opioid crisis.
The bill – H.R.4073 – is intended to reinstate the DEA’s authority to suspend distributor licenses by repealing a restrictive definition of “imminent danger” established by the previous law, the so-called Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016. The new legislation also provides the DEA additional authority to suspend a distributor’s license.
“Instead of helping out hardworking Americans, President Trump is doing the exact opposite – cutting off payments that help American families pay for their health care.
Without these payments, thousands of families in Minnesota will suffer. Health care costs will go up, those with pre-existing conditions could lose access to care, and working families won’t be able to afford to go see a doctor. This decision is bad for Minnesota, and it’s bad for America.