For Congressman Hoyer, reform was about giving American families and small businesses -- not insurance companies -- control over their health care. For far too long, America’s health insurance system has made health care more costly, less accessible and less efficient for families and small businesses.
The new health reform law will help slow the growth of costs, end the practice of denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, and ban annual and lifetime limits on health coverage benefits. Parents are now able to keep their children on their health care plans until they are 26 and over 4 million of America's small businesses are now eligible for tax credits to help pay for employee coverage. The law makes prescription coverage for seniors more affordable and makes Medicare stronger, by extending the program's solvency by an additional 12 years.
In recent years, Congressman Hoyer has also voted for measures prohibiting insurance companies and employers from discriminating against people on the basis of genetic test results and eliminating discriminatory provisions against patients seeking treatment for mental illnesses.
Congressman Hoyer has also fought to protect our children by working to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program, which currently provides health insurance for more than 7 million children. Further, he’s supported increased oversight to help protect the health of American consumers, including voting to improve food safety efforts and supporting a new law that allows FDA regulation of tobacco.