Congresswoman Maloney passionately believes that everyone deserves effective, affordable healthcare. That is why she voted for the Affordable Care Act and has long supported protecting and strengthening Medicare and Medicaid. Carolyn has also focused on preventative care and disease research, and has been a longtime supporter of strong federal investments in our public health and research efforts. Carolyn has written and supported legislation that saves American lives, including:
– The Affordable Care Act (ACA). Until the ACA became law, 45,000 Americans died every year because they did not have insurance. Carolyn was proud to vote for “Obamacare” and extend healthcare coverage to 21 million Americans, including 2.5 million uninsured New Yorkers in desperate need. The ACA means that young New Yorkers can stay on their parents’ insurance until they turn 26. It means women can no longer be charged more than men for the exact same health care plans. And it means no one will be denied medical care for a pre-existing condition they are not responsible for.
– Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act. At no cost to the taxpayer, new commemorative coins will be minted and sold in 2018 to raise millions of dollars to support breast cancer research, thanks to this bill that was signed into law in April 2016.
– Funding for the National Institutes of Health. Carolyn knows the importance of health research in combating diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s and more. That’s why she has consistently supported strong funding for NIH to allow researchers in New York and across the country to continue their life-saving research.
– The Cancer Screening Coverage Act (CASCA), which required health insurance plans to cover cancer screening for some of the most deadly yet preventable diseases. This would have meant affordable mammograms, Pap smear tests, prostate cancer screening, and pelvic exams – allowing detection when treatment is most effective and least expensive.
– The Tanning Accountability and Notification (TAN) Act. The TAN Act, which Carolyn introduced, required reporting of the cancer risks linked to tanning bed usage. Because of Carolyn’s persistence, the TAN provisions were included in Section 230 of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act. The research has led to clear labeling explaining that UV radiation causes skin cancer, and publicizing the risks to consumers.
– The Breast Cancer Early Detection Act, which Carolyn was especially proud to introduce, covered annual mammograms for women over 65, helping with early detection of the most common form of cancer in American women. The legislation was signed into law in 1997.
– The Congressional Caucus on Parkinson’s Disease, a bipartisan and bicameral caucus of which Carolyn is a co-chair, helped direct $225 million towards Parkinson’s research through the Department of Defense Neurotoxin Exposure Treatment Research Program (NETRP).