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

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
May 4, 2017 Press Release

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today released the following statement regarding the House passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), also known as “TrumpCare”:

“The message President Trump and the Republican leadership is sending to the American people with this travesty of a health care bill is simple and direct: Don’t be sick and don’t get old -- because the sicker you are and the older you get, the more you will pay."

Apr 11, 2017 In The News

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.

Apr 5, 2017 In The News

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.

Apr 5, 2017 In The News

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.