Senator Van Hollen believes it is important to make sure families across Maryland have access to quality, affordable health care. He played a key role in the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which helped millions of people in Maryland and across the country get access to care and ended the worst practices of insurance companies. He was also a leader in the fight to prevent the repeal of the historic health reform law, and he continues to push back against any efforts to undermine health coverage for American families. He has fought to protect CHIP, Community Health Centers, and Medicaid from efforts to slash funding or end these programs.
Senator Van Hollen knows that our current health care system is not perfect – and now is the time to work together to strengthen it and improve health care for all Americans. First, we must ensure the healthcare market is stable so people don’t face astronomical price hikes – and he’s introduced legislation to do just that. He also believes we need to work together on a bipartisan basis to improve quality, lower costs, tackle the opioid crisis, make prescription drugs more affordable, and expand access to coverage. Senator Van Hollen has been a consistent supporter of creating a Medicare for All public option within the ACA exchanges as a way of moving toward a Medicare for All system.
The United States is a world leader in innovative medical research, and much of that good work takes place in Maryland at institutions like the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and at our nation's top academic institutions. Senator Van Hollen has been a steadfast leader in support of expanding our investments to find new treatments and cures for diseases that impact virtually every American family. This investment is also vital to making sure the U.S. is competitive in this global economy.
With more children lost to cancer than any other disease in our nation, Senator Van Hollen is committed to making improvements to treatments and finding cures for this vulnerable population. He worked with his colleagues to introduce and pass two bipartisan laws that expand research efforts and improve the quality of life for patients. The Senator also introduced and passed bipartisan legislation that modernizes drug development regulations to help build on the progress being made at institutions like the NIH in Maryland. This is an important move in the right direction; however, his fight won’t end until we’re able to save every child – and their families – from the misery of this horrific disease.
Senator Van Hollen recognizes the vital need for a robust system to address mental health and substance abuse issues. In fact, in every debate about health care, he has advocated for mental health parity and the need to ensure that affordable mental health and substance abuse services are universally available.