WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) issued the following statement on the passage of the Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2):
“The House-passed permanent ‘Doc Fix’ will ensure that millions of children and tens of thousands of low-income families have access to healthcare, and that seniors who rely on Medicare have access to their doctors. While Republican attempts to further erode a woman’s right to choose had no place in this legislation, I do believe the spirit of bipartisanship that allowed this bill to pass the House shows a way forward toward addressing our nation’s many challenges,” said Brownley.
In addition to providing a permanent “Doc Fix” to the SGR, H.R. 2 includes many provisions to improve health care programs vital for seniors, children, and low-income families, including:
- A 2-year extension of CHIP, which serves more than 36,000 low-income children in California,
- $7 billion in critical funding for community health centers which serve underserved communities,
- A 2-year extension of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, and
- Almost $750 million for training more urgently-needed nurses and physicians through Teaching Health Centers, Community Health Centers, and the National Public Health Service Corps.
Congresswoman Julia Brownley represents most of Ventura County and serves on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.