Every American deserves access to high-quality, affordable health care. As a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, I’ve been working across the aisle on policies that expand access to care, promote innovation, and reduce costs for families.
After I was sworn into the Senate in January 2018, the first bill I cosponsored was a bill to protect the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Although Congress had allowed the CHIP program to expire in 2017 and in doing so put more than 150,000 Alabama children who rely on the program at risk, I’m proud that our efforts paid off and Congress ultimately reauthorized and funded the program for the next 10 years.
In Alabama we also face significant challenges in providing health care for many of our rural communities. I am working to reverse the trend of hospital closures and ensure that rural areas have an adequate health care workforce. As a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, I’ve worked with my colleagues to advocate for Alabama’s seniors and will work to protect Medicare and Social Security, not only for current beneficiaries, but for generations to come.
If you have any questions about this issue, please contact my Washington, DC office at (202) 224-4124.