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Congressman Bobby Scott

Representing the 3rd District of Virginia

Health Care

Affordable Care Act

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare.  While a strong supporter of a single-payer health care system, Congressman Scott tirelessly worked with his colleagues in Congress to pass the Affordable Care Act.  Four years later, the law's provisions are improving the lives of millions of people in the Commonwealth of Virginia and across the United States.  No one can ever again be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition.  No one ever again has to worry that one major illness will mean bankruptcy for his or her family. No senior citizen will ever again have to pay a co-pay for key preventive services, such as cancer screenings. While he is not opposed to improving the law as implementation continues, Congressman Scott is opposed to attempts to weaken or repeal Obamacare. 

Medicare and Medicaid

Congressman Scott is also a strong supporter of Medicare and Medicaid and has strongly opposed repeated attempts to weaken or dismantle these critical health care programs.  Together, these programs insure almost 40% of Americans providing a critical safety net for those who are elderly, low-income, or disabled.  Congressman Scott does not support taking away these key health benefits for American families.  He has consistently opposed the Republican Budget, which has proposed to block grant Medicaid and end the Medicare guarantee by converting it into a voucher program.  Congressman Scott strongly supports maintaining and strengthening these programs to make sure that those who need them most can continue to rely on them. 

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October 24, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmembers Brian Higgins (NY-26), John Larson (CT-1), Joe Courtney (CT-2), Bobby Scott (VA-3), Beto O’Rourke (TX-16) and Jared Polis (CO-2) announce introduction of the House companion to the Senate Medicare-X Choice Act of 2017. The Medicare-X Choice Act (H.R. 4094) builds upon the successful framework of the Medicare program by providing a public plan as an option on the individual and small business health exchanges. Congressman Scott said, “At a time when Congress and the administration should be working to improve our current health system, the administration’s actions have undermined the Affordable Care Act and created uncertainty and confusion for American families. I am proud to join my colleagues in putting forth a plan to build on the ACA’s progress, and ensure that all Americans have greater access and more options for affordable health coverage.”
October 19, 2017 In The News
NORFOLK, VA. (WVEC)-- Members of the Hampton Roads Congressional delegation are offering mixed views on how budget matters may play out in Washington in the weeks ahead. The government is currently operating under what's called a "Continuing Resolution." It expires on December 8, a little over 7 weeks away. Rep. Bobby Scott (D-3rd District) was blunt. "The problem is, we're not having a serious discussion," he said. "We start off with a trillion dollar tax cut and suggest it doesn't have to be paid for. Of course it has to be paid for. You either have to raise somebody else's taxes or reduce spending."
September 20, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after reports stated that Republicans are hoping to rush to a vote on their Graham-Cassidy Trumpcare bill with only a scant budget assessment, before the CBO can outline the full consequences of the bill for working families. “I’m disappointed that Congressional Republicans and the administration have abandoned bipartisan efforts to bring greater stability to the Marketplaces for 2018. Rather than working collaboratively with Democrats to improve coverage and lower costs for hardworking Americans, Republicans have instead chosen to resurrect their ‘repeal and replace’ plan and continue to inject uncertainty into our health care system.
September 16, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after health insurer Anthem announced they would continue offering insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act throughout Virginia: "Anthem's decision to stay in the Virginia Marketplace is welcome news for hardworking Virginians across the Commonwealth. I am grateful to Governor McAuliffe for his hard work to ensure that Virginians have coverage options. However, the Trump Administration continues to put access to health insurance at risk for millions of people, including individuals and families across the Commonwealth.
September 15, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) introduced legislation to invest in and support direct care workers and the people they serve. H.R. 3778, the Direct Creation, Advancement, and Retention of Employment (CARE) Opportunity Act will increase funding to entities that provide training and advancement opportunities for direct care workers. “Direct care workers provide critical services to our nation’s seniors and individuals with disabilities,” said Ranking Member Scott. “As one of the fastest growing occupational sectors in our nation, we must make meaningful investments to ensure that this field is attractive and provides advancement opportunities for those dedicated to the profession. The Direct CARE Opportunity Act will support innovative strategies to recruit, retain, and support our nation’s direct care workers.”
September 1, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Trump Administration announced enormous cuts to critical funding that supports outreach efforts to ensure people get coverage in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplaces for the upcoming enrollment season: “This latest effort by the Trump Administration to weaken enrollment by significantly cutting funding for advertising and outreach efforts for the ACA is deeply troubling and will only cause chaos and uncertainty. Those who respond to advertising tend to be healthier and younger, therefore cutting back on advertising will create an insurance pool that is older and sicker and cause an increase in premiums for everybody trying to buy insurance.
August 22, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representatives Gerry Connolly, Bobby Scott, Don Beyer and Donald McEachin sent a letter to Virginia’s Commissioner of Insurance, requesting greater transparency for 2018 health insurance premium rates. “We are concerned that efforts in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, coupled with the Trump Administration’s efforts to sabotage the law, will increase 2018 premiums for ACA-compliant plans in the Virginia Marketplace,” the members wrote. The members note that since President Trump took office he has launched a campaign of sabotage against the Affordable Care Act, including threatening to withhold Cost Sharing Reduction payments, refusing to enforce the individual mandate, and discontinuing much of the advertisement and outreach activities that were successfully used by the Obama administration to encourage ACA enrollment.
August 15, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Bobby Scott (VA-03), ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, released the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its assessment of the impact of terminating cost-sharing payments. "Today, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office confirmed that the Trump administration's reckless actions continue to jeopardize access to health coverage for millions of Americans across the country. For months, the administration has injected uncertainty into the market by threatening to withhold payments legally owed to insurers. These payments directly help consumers afford their insurance and act as rebates to lower costs for low and moderate income families.
August 12, 2017 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the announcement that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will leave the Virginia marketplace in 2018: "The Trump administration's reckless actions continue to jeopardize health coverage access for millions of Americans across the country. Just yesterday, Anthem announced they will no longer sell plans in Virginia's Marketplace citing "continual changes and uncertainty in federal operations, rules and guidance.
August 8, 2017 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) will hold a legislative update town hall in Norfolk, Virginia on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. The town hall will provide an update on pending issues including the federal budget, health care, and legislation already enacted by Congress and the impact of these policies on Virginians and their families. This will be an opportunity for residents of the 3rd congressional district to provide comments and ask questions.