As a nation, we still have much work to do to ensure equal access to high-quality, affordable healthcare for all our citizens. However, we cannot roll-back the clock and permit discrimination against those with preexisting conditions, or eliminate important coverage for cancer screenings, birth control, or preventative health. In Congress, I am working to advance policies that expand coverage and make health insurance more affordable for working families.

  • October 2015
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    Brownley statement on Planned Parenthood arson attack in Thousand Oaks

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) released the following statement after learning of an arson attack on the Thousand Oaks Planned Parenthood clinic last night: “I was deeply troubled to learn that for the second time in two months, the Planned Parenthood clinic in Thousand Oaks has been the target of criminals […]

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  • September 2015
  • A Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood is a Vote to Defund Women’s Health

    As a woman, a mother and a member of Congress, I have been a tireless advocate for protecting women’s health. Reproductive health is a cornerstone of women’s equality and economic opportunity. Every woman should have access to reproductive health services like cancer screenings, tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, preventive care and birth control.

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  • June 2015
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    Brownley announces contract awarded at VA Oxnard interim facility

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded a contract to STGI to operate a new, larger interim healthcare clinic in Oxnard. “Since coming to Congress, I have made expanding care to Ventura County’s veterans a top priority, including women’s health and mental health […]

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    Brownley offers amendment to fund ‘Violence Against Women Act’ and ‘Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force’ programs

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) offered an amendment to the FY2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Act (H.R. 2578) that would increase funding for two Department of Justice programs. Brownley’s amendment would provide an additional $3 million for sexual assault victims assistance programs, authorized by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  […]

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  • March 2015
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    Brownley statement on medicare sustainable growth rate permanent “Doc fix” and CHIP authorization

    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 […]

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  • January 2015
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    Brownley reintroduces bill to expand complementary and alternative care for veterans

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) reintroduced the Expanding Care for Veterans Act, which would expand complementary and alternative medicine and mental health care options for our nation’s veterans. “We must continue to explore innovative and effective ways to provide our veterans with the mental and physical health care they need. There […]

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    Brownley reintroduces Veterans Medical Access Act

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) reintroduced the “Veterans Medical Access Act” (H.R. 288), which would ensure blinded and catastrophically disabled veterans have access to the healthcare they need. “Many blinded and catastrophically disabled veterans do not travel to VA’s specialty rehabilitation centers for care because, while they are eligible for specialty […]

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    Brownley reintroduces Veterans Healthcare Improvement Act

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) reintroduced the “Veterans Healthcare Improvement Act,” legislation to guarantee adequate resources for veterans’ healthcare benefits.  “It is our duty to make certain that the Department of Veterans Affairs has the resources it needs to provide the healthcare our veterans earned and deserve,” said Congresswoman Julia Brownley. […]

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  • October 2014
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    Brownley urges Ventura County hospitals to prepare for ebola cases

    THOUSAND OAKS, CALIF. – Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) has contacted Ventura County hospitals to urge them to fully prepare to respond to any suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola in our region. “As we have seen in Texas, dedicated front-line health care workers, like Nina Pham, are the first line of defense against the […]

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  • September 2014
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    Brownley announces grant for Casa Pacifica

    THOUSAND OAKS, CALIF. – Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is awarding an $85,634 grant to Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families for the first year of its behavioral health workforce education and training program for professionals […]

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    Brownley offers amendment to prevent health insurance companies from discriminating against women who work for small businesses

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) offered an amendment to prevent insurance companies from discriminating against women. Brownley’s amendment would stop insurance companies from charging small businesses higher premiums for their female employees, and from selling group plans that deny women contraception or critical maternity care coverage. The amendment failed by a […]

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  • August 2014
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    Brownley statement on final veterans affairs office of inspector general report on Phoenix VA healthcare system

    THOUSAND OAKS, CALIF. – Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General (VAOIG) released the final report regarding the manipulation of wait times at the Phoenix VA Healthcare System and other locations.  In response, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D – Westlake Village) has released the following statement: “I am grateful for the […]

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  • July 2014
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    Brownley co-sponsors the “Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act”

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) and dozens of House colleagues will introduce the “Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act.” The bill would stop for-profit corporations from imposing religious beliefs on employees and denying birth control coverage. The bill maintains existing exemptions for religious employers (e.g., houses of worship) and religious non-profits. “The […]

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  • A Shortsighted Supreme Court

    Last week was a bad week for women and their families. Like many of you, I was deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court’s shortsighted 5-4 Hobby Lobby decision allowing some employers to deny basic health care to their workers. At stake was whether the owners of a corporation have the right to impose their religious beliefs on their employees, at the cost of a woman’s health or even her life.

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  • June 2014
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    Brownley statement on Hobby Lobby ruling by Supreme Court

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby: “I strongly disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case. For-profit corporations are not people. The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling allows the owners of closely held for-profit corporations to impose […]

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  • May 2014
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    Brownley and Waxman call for full audit of greater Los Angeles VA healthcare system

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the allegations of misconduct at the Phoenix VA Health Care System, and other locations, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) and Congressman Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) have requested that VA Secretary Eric Shinseki conduct a full audit of all VA medical facilities, including the Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, which services Ventura […]

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    Brownley statement on National Military Appreciation month and Mental Health Month

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) issued the following statement on National Military Appreciation Month and Mental Health Month: “Every May, we commemorate National Military Appreciation Month to say thank you to our brave service men and women, their families, and our veterans. As the daughter, niece, and sister of men who […]

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  • April 2014
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    Brownley stands up for seniors, works to stop cuts to medicare advantage

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) welcomed the announcement yesterday that the administration will not cut Medicare Advantage rates in 2015. A strong supporter of protecting senior’s access to healthcare, Congresswoman Brownley recently wrote to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, urging the administration to stop proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage.  “I […]

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