Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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Health Care

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.

I am a Co-Chair of the Congressional Lung Cancer Caucus. Click here to learn more. 

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. 

More on Health Care

Aug 15, 2017 In The News

A Better Connection and the Heartland Activity and Wellness Center have set out to break cycles of poverty, substance abuse, domestic violence, childhood obesity and, most of all, unmet needs of the community.

“I got tired of saying, ‘no, we don’t have that service in town,’ so I started hiring people and providing some of those services,” said Danielle Lien, president of A Better Connection and Board of Directors HAWC.

Not only will behavioral health needs to be met, but also an adjoining community center will create additional opportunities.

Jul 28, 2017 Video

Hats off to Republican Senators John McCain, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins -- they did our Nation a real service early this morning by voting to put a stop to an attempt to dismantle our health care system.

Jul 27, 2017 Press Release

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, founding Co-Chair of the Congressional Lung Cancer Caucus, championed a successful amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations bill to increase lung cancer research funding for the Defense Health Program from $12 million to $14 million.

Jul 26, 2017 In The News

For years, Republicans savaged Democrats for supporting the Affordable Care Act, branding the law — with some rhetorical license — as a government takeover of health care.

Now, cast out of power in Washington and most state capitals, Democrats and activist leaders seeking political redemption have embraced an unlikely-seeming cause: an actual government takeover of health care.

Jun 23, 2017 Press Release

[WASHINGTON D.C.] U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan led the full Minnesota Delegation of the U.S. House of Representatives in a letter today pledging support for the community health center (CHC) program and extending its primary funding stream. 

Jun 1, 2017 In The News

Just a couple hours before the House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, and replace it with the Republican-favored American Health Care Act, a vociferous group gathered in front of the Duluth Labor Temple to rail against the bill.

Jun 1, 2017 In The News

Democracy requires time and participation. The hundreds who took valuable time to participate in our seven Northern Minnesota listening sessions over the Easter recess proved that point. I get my best ideas from the folks I represent, and I’m grateful to all who showed up and spoke out.

May 24, 2017 Press Release

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today released the following statement regarding the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) revised score of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), also known as “TrumpCare”:

“I am deeply troubled but not surprised that the CBO has concluded this measure will take away health insurance from 23 million people and could reduce health care benefits for as many as 7 million military Veterans in order to provide a nearly $1 trillion dollar tax cut to millionaires and billionaires.”

May 19, 2017 Video