Health Care

All Americans deserve access to affordable and high-quality health care. Through legislation such as the Affordable Care Act, Congressman Crowley has supported efforts to expand coverage, reduce costs and put health care in the hands of patients and not health insurance companies.

While much of the recent health care debate focused on our nation’s health insurance system, Joe has also been an impassioned advocate for the local health care facilities in the Bronx and Queens. The continued funding and operation of local hospitals, community health clinics and medical centers are essential to the continued well-being of the residents of the 14th Congressional District.

Since being elected to the Congress, Joe has actively worked to improve and expand health care by:

  • Fighting for the needs of urban hospitals, including Westchester Square Medical Center and Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx and Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, as well as specialty cancer centers to ensure quality care in our neighborhoods
  • Developing the next generation of physicians by supporting federal investments in teaching hospitals and minority physician training programs, such as the Center of Excellence at Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Championing efforts to address a shortage of physicians, including both primary care doctors and specialists
  • Spearheading an initiative to encourage doctors to make testing for HIV/AIDS a part of routine care for patients who are between the ages of 13 and 64
  • Supporting efforts to reduce the cost of purchasing insurance for small businesses – one of the biggest obstacles for American employers when it comes to hiring new workers
  • Founding and co-chairing the Rare Disease Caucus to build awareness of rare diseases and focus on solutions to help the millions of Americans struggling with these conditions

More on Health Care

September 5, 2018 Press Release
“Republicans have no shame. After failing to pass legislation to weaken the Affordable Care Act, the party is now suing to strip coverage from the 133 million Americans who live with pre-existing conditions. This is a disgusting use of our court system.”
June 5, 2018 Press Release
“Today’s Social Security and Medicare Trustees Report presents a bleak picture for our nation’s seniors and vulnerable individuals by providing new proof that the campaign by President Trump and congressional Republicans to destroy the Affordable Care Act has had devastating impacts on Medicare."
May 18, 2018 Press Release
"Este fue uno de los proyectos de ley más desalmados, crueles y sin sentido que los republicanos han presentado desde que estoy en el Congreso. Este proyecto hubiese abandonado a los agricultores dueños de granjas familiares, agravado nuestra crisis de escasez de alimentos y hubiese dejado a un millón de estadounidenses en riesgo de pasar hambre. Fue una vergüenza que los republicanos propusieran esto."
May 18, 2018 Press Release
“This was one of the most heartless, cruel, and nonsensical bills that Republicans have proposed since I’ve been in Congress. It would have abandoned family farms, aggravated our food shortage crisis, and left one million Americans at risk of going hungry. It was shameful that Republicans even proposed it."
May 18, 2018 Press Release
“Today’s proposed rule confirms yet again that this Administration will stop at nothing to undermine women’s health. Anti-reproductive health extremists in the White House and at the Department of Health and Human Services have teamed up with Congressional Republicans and anti-abortion organizations to craft this policy. Not only are they doubling down on their crusade to penalize and defund Planned Parenthood, they are proposing a ‘gag rule’ on providers from referring for or even talking about abortion."
May 16, 2018 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D Queens, the Bronx) announced today the introduction of the Opioid Workforce Act of 2018, legislation to address the opioid treatment gap in the country by increasing the number of health care workers that serve on the front lines of the opioid epidemic.

May 15, 2018 Press Release
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY), Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Co-Chairs of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Diana DeGette (D-CO), and Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY) led more than two hundred of their colleagues expressing opposition to the implementation of a domestic gag rule on Title X in a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alexander Azar.
May 2, 2018 Press Release
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) released the following statement after Planned Parenthood, the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, and American Civil Liberties Union filed lawsuits in response to the Trump administration’s changes to the Title X family planning program
March 23, 2018 Press Release

(Queens, NY) – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) issued the following statement on the 8th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA):

March 22, 2018 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) issued the following statement on the passage of the 2018 omnibus funding bill:

“Republicans have lurched from crisis to crisis, forcing a government shutdown upon Americans far too many times. While this funding legislation may bring a semblance of balance back to Washington, I voted against this bill because it was a missed opportunity.