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. The impact on New Yorkers alone has been overwhelming: an estimated 147,000 young adults have been able to stay on their parents’ plan up to age 26; more than 6 million people are no longer limited by annual and lifetime caps, and more than 8 million have gained access to preventative care like flu shots and cancer screenings at zero cost.
- 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. Congresswoman Slaughter has fought tirelessly against efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and other providers or abortion and contraceptive care 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, DC — Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25) today voted for a bipartisan compromise to reopen the federal government and bring an end to the Republican shutdown. Slaughter urged Congressional Republicans to work across the aisle to deal with national priorities, which include crafting a long-term spending deal, protecting DREAMers, providing disaster relief, reauthorizing Community Health Centers, and addressing veterans’ health care.
WASHINGTON, DC — On the House Floor today, Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25) denounced Republican Congressional leaders for failing to take action on urgent national priorities as the House considers its fourth short-term spending deal since the end of the prior fiscal year in September.
This year might have just come to a close, but there are many key issues on our national agenda that are gaining steam as we head into the New Year. Everything from immigration and children’s health insurance to proposed cuts to the social safety net are all on the docket for 2018.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) and Congresswoman Diana DeGette (CO-1), co-chairs of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, today blasted the Trump administration for continuing to prevent immigrant minors in federal shelters from accessing safe and legal reproductive health services even in cases of rape and incest.
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25) announced five federal grant awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities for three Rochester institutions to continue their world-class research.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25) took to the House Floor today to call out Republican leaders in Congress for proposing a two-week continuing resolution that fails to address our nation’s urgent priorities. It has been two months since Congressional Republicans allowed the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Community Health Centers, and the Perkins student loan program to expire with no reauthorizations on the horizon.
WASHINGTON, DC — During a House Committee on Rules meeting late last night on the Republican bill to provide tax cuts for the wealthy, committee Republicans voted against making several amendments in order under their closed rule, including a Republican amendment to fight sexual assault. That amendment, from Republican committee member Congressman Ken Buck, would eliminate business expensing for legal settlements, fines, fees, and legal expenses associated with sexual assault and sexual harassment.
November 1st marks the start of New York’s health insurance open enrollment period!
Did you know that the average cost for a three-day hospital stay is $30,000? Or that a broken leg can cost up to $7,500? Health insurance helps protect you and your family from unexpected expenses like these.
This afternoon, Senate Republicans pulled the plug on their Graham-Cassidy bill, a rush job and last-ditch resurrection of TrumpCare that would’ve wreaked havoc for tens of millions of American families.
Make no mistake, your voices, calls, emails, and letters were essential to this fight and will be critical as we move forward together—Democrat and Republican—to strengthen and improve the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Last week, I was honored as the 2017 recipient of the Anthony Jordan Health Center Lifetime Achievement award for my work in health-related policy.