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

February 3, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) today announced his intention to vote against sending instructions to committees to begin work on budget reconciliation unless congressional leaders agree to hold an immediate vote to pass funding to speed up COVID-19 vaccine distribution and production. 

January 27, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) led a successful effort to secure a one-year extension for the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) recently as part of the omnibus government funding bill that was signed into law earlier this month. The HCTC helps dozens of Maine retirees, specifically retired workers from the Twin Rivers Paper Mill in Madawaska, afford health insurance. 

December 28, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) released the following statement today after it was announced that legislation to provide COVID-19 relief and to fund the government through Fiscal Year 2021 had been signed into law by the president:
 

November 20, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) led a bipartisan group of members of Congress today to press the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee to extend the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) for five years. Dozens of retirees from the Twin Rivers Paper Company in Madawaska have used the tax credit to access affordable health care, and over 200 current workers at Twin Rivers could become eligible when they retire.

October 20, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) announced three new sets of loans and grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), providing more than $6.5 million in additional support for projects in Maine. They include two sets of upgrades for water and wastewater systems in Gardiner and Livermore Falls, and new funding to enhance rural telehealth accessibility through MaineHealth.

August 31, 2020 Press Release

Congressmen Jared Golden (ME-02) and Mike Gallagher (WI-08), joined by Reps. Harley Rouda (CA-48) and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), today put forward a bipartisan, common-sense proposal to lower prescription drug prices in this Congress.

August 19, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02), Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) and Republican Congressman Don Young (AK-AL) introduced the bipartisan State Veterans Homes Domiciliary Care Flexibility Act today. The bill would allow more veterans, particularly those with early onset dementia, to receive affordable residential care at veterans homes across the country.

June 30, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) voted yesterday to pass the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act through 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