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 (ACA).  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. As Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, Congressman Scott is on the frontlines of defending the ACA from the constant sabotage attempts from the Trump Administration and Congressional Republicans. Congressman Scott is a lead sponsor of the Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions and Making Health Care More Affordable Act of 2019 and is a a co-sponsor of the Medicare for All Act of 2019.

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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July 31, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), the Chairman of the Committee on the Education and Labor, applauded the House of Representatives for passing H.R. 7617, the Defense, Commerce, Justice, Science, Energy and Water Development, Financial Services and General Government, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Act for 2021.
July 29, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC — Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.), Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-Ore.), House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Ranking Member Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) today released the following statement on the White House’s call for Congress to pass legislation ending the practice of surprise medical billing.
July 21, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Tomorrow, July 22nd, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), the chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, will host a virtual roundtable with school principals from Virginia’s Third Congressional District. The purpose of this roundtable will be to discuss and listen to concerns about what schools need to safely re-open. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a significant strain on our education system as states and localities are working tirelessly to maintain access to education in a way that does not endanger students, school staff, and their families. This roundtable follows last week’s roundtable, where Congressman Scott spoke with school teachers from across Virginia’s Third Congressional District. As the Chair of the House Committee on Education and Labor, Congressman Scott has been a key leader in the House passage of two proposals, the Heroes Act and the Moving Forward Act, which would deliver more than $200 billion to help schools re-open safely.
July 17, 2020 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – On July 17th, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), the chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, will host a virtual roundtable with educators and administrators from Virginia’s Third Congressional District. The purpose of this roundtable will be to discuss plans to safely re-open schools. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a significant strain on our education system as states and localities are working tirelessly to maintain access to education in a way that does not endanger students, school staff, and their families. Two months ago, the House of Representatives passed the Heroes Act, a robust legislative package to adequately respond to the continued spread of COVID-19. The Heroes Act would dedicate nearly $1 trillion in emergency relief to help states and local governments avert devastating cuts, particularly to education, public safety, and basic services. It also delivers $100 billion in direct education funding to address the unique challenges created by the pandemic.
July 9, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled in Trump v. Pennsylvania that, under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, employers can claim a religious or moral objection to deny workers health insurance coverage for contraceptive care. “The passage of the Affordable Care Act a decade ago was a major milestone in our effort to ensure all Americans have access to safe and affordable contraceptive care.
July 8, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled in Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrisey-Berru and St. James School v. Biel that religious employers can exempt some of their employees from civil rights laws on the basis of religious freedom. This is particularly relevant given the Court’s recent decision in Espinoza, which would allow taxpayer money to flow to private, religious schools.
July 7, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Bicameral Democratic Health Committee leaders wrote to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin today expressing serious concerns with guidance recently issued by the Trump administration allowing insurance plans and group health plans to deny coverage claims for COVID-19 tests and other related services in violation of Congress’ clear legislative intent that these tests be provided without consumer cost-sharing and without limitation.
June 26, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Trump Administration filed a brief with the Supreme Court, requesting that the Court overturn the Affordable Care Act in its entirety. “With today’s Supreme Court filing, the Trump Administration remains undeterred in its dangerous attack on Americans’ access to affordable health care.
June 24, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As Americans face both the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting severe economic downturn, Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) and Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA) today unveiled The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act, a legislative package that will provide much needed relief by making health care and prescription drugs more affordable.
June 15, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Bicameral Democratic Health Committee leaders wrote to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma today to reassert their request for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) to help the millions of uninsured and underinsured Americans sign up for health insurance coverage amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.