Every American, rich or poor, should be able to get the health care that they need, and no American should be denied because of a pre-existing medical condition. I will work to expand access and protect the 129 million Americans living with a pre-existing conditions.
I’ll also work to support the next generation of medical professionals through training & workforce development. Our healthcare delivery system should value patient care and outcomes more than billable services. I’ll support efforts to help transform the industry to reflect putting patient care first.
Lowering the Cost of Prescription Drugs
The high cost of prescription drugs forces far too many of New Jersey’s families to choose between their health and other bills. I will work aggressively in support of policies that will lower the cost of prescription drugs including allowing Medicare to directly negotiate with pharmaceutical companies, requiring pricing transparency and implementing safeguards against price gouging.
Addressing the Opioid Epidemic as a National Security Crisis
America’s opioid epidemic is a national security crisis. It’s the deadliest drug overdose epidemic in U.S. history, with 142 Americans dying every day. New Jersey’s overdose death rate is higher than the national average.
While Congress has taken laudable steps toward addressing the crisis, the bottom line is that there are simply not enough resources being devoted to addressing a problem this big in a holistic way. The scope and scale of America’s opioid crisis demands more than just a one-time spending jolt. Congress must provide serious and sustained funding to expand access to treatment and address the root causes of addiction (including mental health and socioeconomic factors).
As a Member of the Bipartisan Heroin and Opioid Task Force, I look forward to leading on these issues in the 116th Congress.
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Washington DC (KM). Sixth District Congressman David Trone (D) is joining New Jersey Representative Andy Kim (D) in supporting a bill to fund opioid addiction programs. The legislation would set aside $500-million to pay for the development of treatment programs for those who are suffering from addictions.
“I’m really excited about this bill,” Trone says. “It $500-million. It’s going to make a big difference to get at the root cause of opioids, and also developing treatment models.”
TOMS RIVER - New Jersey and the nation as a whole have gone to extraordinary lengths to halt the opioid epidemic, yet it continues to claim more lives every day.
On Saturday, about 100 people gathered at the Ocean County Library here to discuss what more needs to be done.
“I’m not the person who has all the answers,” said Rep. Andy Kim, D-N.J., who hosted the town hall event. “What I am here to do today is talk with all of you, many of you who know this issue much better than I do, who have lived it and suffered through the tragedies.”
Kim’s bill, known as the SAVE Act, was incorporated into expansive legislation approved by the House Thursday to both buttress the Affordable Care Act and curb prescription drug prices.
Another milestone was cleared by freshman Congressman Andy Kim, who celebrated the House’s passage last week of legislation he penned to try to bring down the cost of health care.
Kim’s bill, known as the SAVE Act, was incorporated into expansive legislation approved by the House on Thursday to both buttress the Affordable Care Act and curb prescription drug prices.
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation authored by Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) which would increase access and lower health care costs by incentivizing the transition to state-based health insurance exchanges.