WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education Labor and Pensions (HELP), met with members of the ‘Little Lobbyists’, an advocacy organization of parents and children working to protect access to health care.
“The fortitude displayed by these parents and children advocating for improved health care across our nation is incredible,” said Senator Rosen. “No issue is more personal for an individual than their health. I applaud these families for the work they are doing to share their stories and connect with lawmakers on why it is so important that we defend access to medical care and protections for those with pre-existing conditions. I will continue to fight on behalf of families that depend on access to quality, affordable health care.”
BACKGROUND: As her first action in the Senate, Rosen helped introduce a resolution that would authorize Senate Legal Counsel to intervene in Texas v. United States – a pending lawsuit in federal court, on behalf of the U.S. Senate, in order to defend the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) coverage protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
In June, Senator Rosen co-sponsored the Family Coverage Act, legislation that would amend the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to provide tax credits to offset the cost of health insurance to spouses and children when an individual’s employer-sponsored coverage is not affordable for their family.
In May, Senator Rosen co-sponsored legislation to block implementation of the Trump Administration’s rule expanding short-term health insurance plans that do not include protections for pre-existing conditions or provide essential health benefits.
In the House, then-Congresswoman Rosen was a co-sponsor of Congresswoman Castor’s resolution (H.J.Res. 140) that would have overturned the Trump Administration’s rule on junk health insurance plans.
Rosen also led the House resolution last Congress to defend the constitutionality of the ACA in court. The resolution was co-sponsored by the Ranking Members of all House committees of jurisdiction in addition to Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer. The resolution had nearly 190 co-sponsors by the end of the 115th Congress.