Health Care

More than any other issue, Mainers tell Jared about how much they struggle with the high cost of health care. Americans spend twice as much on health care as other advanced countries, but we still receive worse health outcomes. Whether it’s unaffordable insurance premiums, the skyrocketing cost of medication, or an hours-long drive to see an expensive specialist, it’s clear our health care system is broken.

Jared believes our country needs to move towards a universal coverage system that makes health care affordable for every Mainer. We won’t get there overnight, so Jared is working right now to defend protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions, lower costs by making improvements to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and help more Mainers receive health care coverage by protecting Medicaid and Medicare. 

One of the biggest reasons Mainers struggle to afford their care is the ever-increasing cost of prescription drugs. At a time when drug corporations are raking in profits, millions of Americans can’t afford the medications they need. That’s why one of the first bills Jared introduced was the FLAT Prices Act, which punishes pharmaceutical companies for spiking the prices of their drugs. He’s also cosponsored important bills to allow Americans to import safe, affordable drugs from Canada, give Medicare the power to negotiate lower drug prices for seniors and millions of other Americans, and cap out-of-pocket prescription drug costs for seniors. 

Jared knows many Mainers work with their hands and it takes a toll on their bodies over a long career. That’s why he supports legislation to allow Americans between the ages of 50 and 64 to buy into Medicare. People who buy into the new plan could reduce their annual premiums by thousands of dollars, crucial progress for middle-aged Maine people who face rising healthcare costs but are not yet of retirement age.

More on Health Care

June 30, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) voted yesterday to pass the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Actthrough the House. The bill, which comes amid renewed efforts by the White House to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the Supreme Court, would strengthen the ACA, lower costs for many families who receive insurance through ACA marketplaces, and help reduce the prices of prescription drugs for all Americans.

May 13, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — As more veterans in rural Maine seek routine VA care online or by phone due to COVID-19, Maine’s congressional delegation wrote to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today in an effort to improve telehealth services. In their letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02), Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME), and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) requested the VA provide them with information Congress can use to ensure that veter

May 7, 2020 Press Release

LEWISTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) introduced new legislation today that would make Penobscot Valley Hospital, Calais Regional Hospital, and other non-profit critical access hospitals across the country permanently eligible for small business relief under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

May 4, 2020 Press Release

U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden wrote to Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie, urging him to continue to prioritize providing additional testing kits and personal protective equipment (PPE) at the VA Maine Healthcare System and across the entire Veterans Health Administration.

May 1, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), and Senator Angus King (I-ME) took action today to protect access to health care and preserve important economic drivers in rural Maine. The lawmakers pressed Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza to amend her agency’s yet-to-be finalized Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) rules to make non-profit critical access hospitals currently undergoing Chapter 11 reorganization, like Calais Regional Hospital and Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln, eligible for PPP relief.

April 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) voted to pass the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act through the House of Representatives yesterday evening. The bipartisan legislation, which passed the House overwhelmingly, responds to the unprecedented public health and economic challenges facing the country by providing additional resources for small business relief programs, support for hospitals, health care providers, and frontline health care workers, and enhanced testing and contact tracing. 

April 9, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) laid out the actions he believes Congress must take to continue to address the public health and economic impacts of the coronavirus. In a letter to congressional leaders, Golden put forward specific policy proposals that should be included in future legislation.