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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Health Care

Watch Congressmember Bass speak about health care here.

Health care should be a right not a privilege.  However, tens of millions of Americans go uninsured or are burdened by the high costs of health care, putting the health of our communities and our country at risk. The passage of Affordable Care Act ensures that every American has access to affordable, quality health care.  The Affordable Care Act also builds a strong health care workforce and promotes job creation.  Even though Republicans have attempted to repeal health care dozens of times, Congressmember Bass has consistently voted against repealing this landmark bill and will continue to ensure it is fully implemented. 

The Affordable Care Act has been beneficial to many Americans already and more benefits are still to come.

Click the chart above to see how the Affordable Care Act is changing health care across the country.

Medicare

The Republican plan to end Medicare is very real. They are fixated on cutting benefits and want to put insurance companies in control of your health. They want insurers to decide what tests and treatments seniors receive, and Democrats are united like never before in opposition to this scheme. Reforms to Medicare that break a pledge we have made to our seniors is wrong and will not stand.

Medicaid

Millions of Americans are dependent on Medicaid as a vitally important program for medical care and medication. This safety net provides low-income families with the access they need to stay healthy during difficult times and helps to lift families out of poverty. Congressmember Bass will continue to protect Medicaid regardless of the Republican attempt to balance the budget on the backs of the neediest Americans.

Key Health Care Initiatives & Accomplishments

Congressmember Bass is committed to protecting access to affordable health care, closing health care disparities and increasing technology in the health care system. As a former Physician Assistant (PA), she has both personal and professional experiences that inform her voting record in Congress. This is why Congressmember Bass has continued to fight vote against any attempts Republicans have made to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Bass Legislation & Key Votes

Co-sponsored Legislation

  • H.R.321: Firearm Safety and Public Health Research Act of 2013
  • H.R.485: National Nurse Act of 2013
  • H.R.725: Real Education for Healthy Youth Act of 2013
  • H.R.728: Access to Birth Control Act
  • H.R.855: Optometric Equity in Medicaid Act
  • H.R.920: National Health Service Corps Improvement Act of 2013
  • H.R.1830: Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act of 2013

Health Care Issues in California’s 37th District

California’s 37th District is home to a committed group of health care advocates and professionals. Congressmember  Bass is strongly committed to protecting access to affordable health care across the 37th District and the United States.

Congressmember Bass has hosted and attended many town halls devoted to helping constituents learn more about health care reform and get enrolled in Covered California. 

Watch coverage of a 2011 Health care Town Hall.

Local health care priorities include:

  • Ensuring that access to family planning is available throughout the community. 
  • Protecting the Affordable Care Act and other resources to ensure that the health care professionals in the six hospitals and throughout the 37th District can perform their duties.

For assistance with health care enrollment, feel free to call Maral Karacussian in my LA Office. For more information concerning my work and views on health care, please contact my Washington, DC office. I look forward to your feedback.

More Resources

More on Health Care

March 23, 2019 Press Release

“One of my key goals here in Congress is to put an end to Republicans’ attacks on people with pre-existing conditions and to help make quality health care more affordable for every American,” said Rep. Bass.

March 12, 2019 Press Release

"PAs across the nation are providing high-quality healthcare to patients in both our largest cities and in America's most rural areas," said Rep. Bass. "In the next decade the demand for PAs is only going to increase and Congress needs to act today to make sure that we have the qualified health care professionals ready to meet the growing need."

More information about the bills:

February 5, 2019 Press Release

“Tonight, the President again came to the halls of Congress and ironically attempted to push an agenda of unity. 

“He said we should reject the politics of revenge and embrace cooperation on the same day that he taunted the Senate Minority Leader on Twitter about election results. 

“Within the first few minutes of his speech, the President touted getting families off of food stamps. He stood there just months after pushing an agenda to eliminate SNAP for families across America. 

February 5, 2019 Press Release

Transcript: 

I want to thank Congresswoman Lawrence and Congresswoman Frankel, for their leadership and the Democratic Women’s Working Group for putting this together. 

I’m here to talk about the state of the Black woman in this country. 

The state of our paychecks is unequal. 

September 28, 2018 Press Release

“I’m sure the parents in Congress all would agree that health care for our children is not optional,” said Rep. Bass. “The congressional record is clear that Medicaid was supposed to cover all young adults who were in foster care at age 18, even if they move to a different state. But unfortunately, the language in the bill itself, wasn’t as clear. I hope the President signs this piece of legislation to clarify the original intent.”

March 9, 2018 Press Release

“Senior scams are becoming more sophisticated and more common,” said Rep. Bass. “As a result, Congress should adapt and react. The resolution I’ve introduced this week calls on Congress to not only pass legislation to prevent senior scams from happening, but also to improve protections for seniors from these vicious scams. I look forward to working with my colleagues to diminish the effects these scams have had on the older members of our communities.”

February 14, 2018 Press Release

The current health insurance system is one of the many disproportionate challenges that our nation’s foster youth face. With the Affordable Care Act, foster youth who are in care by their 18th birthday and previously enrolled in Medicaid are able to receive healthcare until the age of 26, much like their peers who can remain on their parents’ insurance plans until that age.