|Fixing and Reforming Our Healthcare System
This week the House GOP released its legislation, the American Health Care Act, beginning a multi-step process to fix the health insurance markets, which will take place over the next two years. In addition, the legislation transitions the Medicaid program over the coming years and also avoids some of the disruption to the Medicaid expansion which has taken place in recent years. Regulatory changes and additional legislation must be adopted over the next year to fully transition the system. If enacted, the full impact of these changes will largely be felt after 2020. My position has been to keep what works in the ACA and fix what doesn't. As a member of the Budget Committee, I am carefully reviewing this bill and also speaking to affected constituents, hospitals, nonprofit organizations and insurers who will all be affected by these proposed changes. Learn more about the American Health Care Act at ReadTheBill.GOP.
Defending our Country
On Wednesday, the House approved the fiscal year 2017 defense appropriations bill. This bill included a much-needed military pay raise of 2.1%, as well as the funding to equip our troops with the necessary resources to defend our nation. I voted in favor of this bill, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.
Protecting our Lands
The Highlands Conservation Act was signed into law in 2004 to help Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania conserve land in the Highlands Region. The Act recognizes the importance of the water, forest, agricultural, wildlife, recreational, and cultural resources of the Highlands Region and works to financially assist states in the protection of these areas. I recently cosponsored H.R. 1281, which extends the authorization of the Highlands Conservation Act through 2021 to ensure the continued protection of our area's most cherished resources. The legislation's primary sponsor is Rodney P. Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), and is currently cosponsored by four Republicans and five Democrats.