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Rep. Schrier Statement on House Passage of Bill to Increase Health Care Access and Reduce Costs


Press Release

Congresswoman Kim Schrier, M.D. (WA-08) released the following statement after voting for the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act” which included her bill, the “Kids’ Access to Care Act”:


“The Affordable Care Act was a phenomenal first step that provided protection for 26 million Americans with pre-existing conditions who otherwise would not have access to health insurance. However, I have heard from many constituents that the cost of premiums and other expenses are putting health care out of reach. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act addresses this by capping premiums to 8.5% of a family’s income, which will cut premiums in half for the average family in my district. That is a tangible difference and will make healthcare truly affordable and accessible.

I am particularly excited that this bill also includes the Kids’ Access to Primary Care Act, a bipartisan bill I introduced to expand primary care access for children and families on Medicaid. By matching Medicaid reimbursement rates to higher Medicare rates, Medicaid patients will have access to more physicians, and children will get the care they need from their own primary care physician. That kind of access to care shouldn’t depend on zip code, income, or skin color.

This bill also addresses the exorbitant price of prescription drugs by giving Medicare the power to negotiate those prices, and extending the same price to everyone.

I have held 49 town halls and spoken to thousands of 8th district residents, and the most consistent concern I hear is the cost of health care and prescription medications. This bill addresses those very issues. No family should ever face bankruptcy because of medical expenses. As one of the few doctors in Congress, I will always work to ensure that everyone can afford the care they need.”


The above is a press release from the office of Congresswoman Kim Schrier, M.D. (D-8th CD).  The Auburn Examiner has not independently verified its contents and encourages our readers to personally verify any information they find may be overly biased or questionable. The publication of this press release does not indicate an endorsement of its contents. 


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