Congresswoman Slaughter is a fierce advocate for science-based solutions to improve health care and make it more affordable. As the only microbiologist in Congress, the congresswoman is uniquely qualified to examine and discuss the health care issues facing our nation. With a wide range of legislative victories under her belt, Congresswoman Slaughter is considered one of the top health care authorities in Congress.
Congresswoman Slaughter is fighting to address some of the biggest health issues of our time, such as keeping antibiotics effective, preventing genetic discrimination, protecting women’s health, and ensuring affordable health care coverage for all.
- Expanding Health Care Coverage: Congresswoman Slaughter was instrumental in passing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Thanks to the ACA, children can stay on their parents’ insurance until the age of 26, insurance companies can no longer deny a person health insurance due to preexisting conditions or charge women more than men for the same policies, and millions of seniors now have free access to life-saving preventative health care – all while reducing the federal deficit by billions of dollars.
- Preserving Antibiotics for Human Health: The congresswoman is the author of the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA), which she first introduced in 2007. PAMTA is designed to significantly reduce the quantity of antibiotics routinely used in the production of livestock and poultry. Scientific evidence indicates that this overuse of antibiotics in food production is currently contributing to the growth of antibiotic resistance threatening human health. Protecting the medical value of our antibiotics is critical to keeping American citizens healthy. For a more in depth article about antibiotic resistance, please visit the Antibiotic Resistance page here.
- Securing Research Funding: Today, scientists are on the verge of breakthroughs in genetics, cell biology, and other areas that will allow for innovative new methods of prevention, detection, and treatment, as well as advancing toward cures. With this in mind, Congresswoman Slaughter actively opposes proposed cuts to funding for the National Institute of Health (NIH) and advocates for the expansion of research efforts.
- Affordable Care Act (ACA): Then chair of the House Committee on Rules, Congresswoman Slaughter played a pivotal role in bringing the ACA to the floor of the House of Representatives for the final vote on passage. The ACA is making health care more affordable for American families. In the greater Rochester area alone, 213,000 people, including 53,000 children and 129,000 women with private health insurance coverage now receive preventive benefits – such as vaccines, contraceptive coverage and cancer screenings – for no cost. In Monroe County, 252,000 people now have insurance policies that have no lifetime or annual limits on coverage. The uninsured rate in Monroe County has fallen by 23 percent since the ACA went into effect.
- Inclusion of Women and Minorities in Research: Congresswoman Slaughter dedicated the first $500 million in federal funds to breast cancer research at the National Institute of Health (NIH). Prior to 1993, all clinical trials at the NIH were being conducted only on white men. This meant that diseases killing thousands of women per year, like breast cancer or ovarian cancer, or those that disproportionately affect minorities, such as sickle cell anemia, were not being researched properly. Congresswoman Slaughter led the charge to fix this discrepancy, culminating in the NIH Revitalization Act of 1993, which mandated that the NIH include women and minorities in all human subject research.
- Co-Chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus: Congresswoman Slaughter fights tirelessly to advance the rights of women, including reproductive rights. In her role as co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, she works to protect women’s reproductive freedom and to educate the public about reproductive health. In response to the Supreme Court case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., which allowed an employer to deny coverage for certain types of contraceptive methods, Congresswoman Slaughter introduced the Not My Boss’s Business Bill, which would ensure that no corporation can deny their employees federally mandated health services.
- Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA): Congresswoman Slaughter authored the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), which became law in 2008 after a fourteen-year congressional battle. The late Senator Ted Kennedy called GINA the “the first civil rights bill of the new century.” For more information about GINA, please visit the Public Health page here.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) and a bipartisan group members have announced the release of a long-awaited Government Accountability Office (GAO) report into the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of power morcellators and the failure of the reporting system to catch this unsafe device.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) reintroduced the Appalachian Community Health Emergency Act, legislation that would place a moratorium on all new mountaintop coal removal mining permits while federal officials examine health consequences to surrounding communities. The bill would authorize the first comprehensive federal study of the health dangers of the practice.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Louise Slaughter (NY-25) and Diana DeGette (CO-01), co-chairs of the House Pro-Choice Caucus, today issued this statement in reaction to President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court:
ROCHESTER, NY – Today, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) denounced the Trump Administration’s action to immediately halt all advertising and other outreach activities for the ACA Marketplaces by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the critical last few days of Open Enrollment. Slaughter brought the Affordable Care Act to the floor of the House of Representatives in 2009 as Chairwoman of the Rules Committee.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) and Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) announced today that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has agreed to their request for an investigation examining how restructurings by large corporations impact American workers’ pensions and health benefits.
WASHINGTON—Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) have reintroduced the Health Insurance Industry Fair Competition Act, H.R. 617, which repeals the antiquated exemption that allows the health insurance industry to operate beyond the reach of federal antitrust laws.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) released the following statement in reaction to new reports today that the law she wrote banning insider trading and increasing transparency for federal officials, the STOCK Act, has uncovered more troubling stock trades by Congressman Tom Price, the president’s nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services.
WASHINGTON, DC —Rules Committee Ranking Member Louise Slaughter (NY-25) issued the following statement on Republicans attacking women’s rights just days after the historic National Women’s March. This afternoon, the Rules Committee will consider H.R. 7, which would undermine a woman's right to choose and limit access to comprehensive health coverage. This follows President Trump reinstating the global gag rule earlier today, which forces health providers eligible for U.S. assistance to choose between receiving U.S.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, 174 members of Congress, led by Representatives Diana DeGette, Louise Slaughter, Jan Schakowsky and Katherine Clark, are sending a letter to President-elect Donald Trump urging him to reconsider his opposition to efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and defund Planned Parenthood.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, 18 members of the New York Congressional Delegation urged President-elect Donald Trump to consider the catastrophic negative impacts a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could have on New York State as Republicans continue to dismantle this landmark law. A repeal of the ACA would cause more than 2.7 million New Yorkers to lose health insurance coverage while throwing our entire health care system into chaos.