Health Care

I am committed to preserving and protecting our nation’s healthcare system. I understand the challenges many Pennsylvanians – and all Americans – face when it comes to receiving healthcare benefits for themselves and their families.

According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Medicare will go bankrupt by 2024 if we fail to act. I believe that we must balance the needs of today's seniors and near-seniors while also preserving Medicare for future generations. Additionally, we need more stringent safeguards and increased investigation into Medicare fraud and abuse, so there is sufficient funding for those who truly need it.

Before I arrived in Congress, President Obama's healthcare law cut more than $700 billion from Medicare, cutting seniors' benefits, and increasing seniors' Medicare premiums.

Even though the United States Supreme Court said the president’s healthcare law is a constitutional law, that doesn’t mean it is a good law.  The decision was a victory for big government and a defeat for individual freedom.  Since being sworn in, I have voted to protect and strengthen seniors' benefits by repealing the president's healthcare law over thirty times.

I am deeply concerned that this overreach of federal authority will dramatically impact the healthcare choices my constituents will be able to make on their own. Seniors will have their healthcare decisions made by a panel of 15 unelected bureaucrats who will determine whether or not a doctor who accepts Medicare gets paid to perform procedures or exams.

I will continue to work with my colleagues on commonsense reforms to replace this unconstitutional law. The problem with our healthcare system is not access, it is affordability. I support measures to lower the price of healthcare coverage, including allowing consumers to shop for healthcare plans across state lines. Competition will drive down the price, giving more consumers access to cheaper, yet effective plans.

I also support preserving seniors' access to medical services provided by hospitals in our community and preserving home and community based-care for our senior citizens.

More on Health Care

Jan 4, 2018 Press Release

HAZLETON – Today, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a proposed rule expanding the opportunity for small businesses to offer health insurance though Association Health Plans.  The notice will begin a 60 day comment period.  Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) released the following statement to commend the administration’s actions.

Dec 12, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11), chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management held a hearing titled, “The Opioid Epidemic in Appalachia: Addressing Hurdles to Economic Development in the Region.” 

Dec 12, 2017 Press Release

"The purpose of today’s hearing is to examine the impact of the opioid crisis on economic development in Appalachia.

The opioid crisis has touched the lives of countless Americans.  This public health emergency has taken the lives of far too many of our nation’s citizens, and has had significant adverse effects on our economy and labor force participation.

Nov 8, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) sought solutions to opioid related workforce issues during a Committee on Education and the Workforce joint subcommittee hearing on the opioid crisis.  The Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education and the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development joined together for a hearing titled, “Close to Home: How Opioids are Impacting Communities.”  The hearing examined how the opioid public health emergency is affecting American families, communities, and the economy.

Oct 26, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON—Today, President Donald J. Trump declared the opioid epidemic a Nationwide Public Health Emergency.  Since 2000, over 300,000 Americans have died from overdoses involving opioids, and in 2016, more than two million American had an addition to prescription or illegal opioids.  This designation will allow public health agencies to re-direct existing resources to the epidemic, cut bureaucratic red tape in hiring personnel, and expand access to telemedicine services for remote prescribing.
 
Aug 11, 2017 Press Release

HAZLETON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today released the following statement regarding President Trump’s declaration of the opioid crisis as a national emergency:

Jun 22, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today reintroduced his legislation to provide healthy and nutritious meals to students.  The School Food Modernization Act would help local schools replace outdated kitchen equipment and improve infrastructure.  The legislation is bipartisan, with Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) serving as the lead co-sponsor, and Rep. Glenn “G.T.” Thompson (R-PA) is also a co-sponsor.

Jun 13, 2017 Press Release

​Click here to watch video of Barletta's floor remarks on the Verify First Act.

Jun 12, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives tomorrow will vote on legislation introduced by Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) to stop fraud in the distribution of health care tax credits and protect taxpayer dollars.

Under Obamacare, the federal government pays the Advanced Premium Tax Credits to people before first verifying that they qualify to receive those benefits.  If individuals cannot verify their legal immigration status, the Internal Revenue Service is forced to chase after the money.

Jun 2, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today announced that local communities and health care providers can begin applying for grants to help prevent opioid overdose deaths and provide treatment for opioid addiction.  The grants were recently authorized by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which Barletta helped to negotiate as a member of the joint House and Senate conference committee tasked with drafting comprehensive legislation addressing the opioid epidemic.