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 Slaughter (NY-25) today announced a $471,155 grant for St. John Fisher College from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) program. St. John Fisher’s Wegmans School of Nursing will use the funding to expand the behavioral health workforce by supporting education and clinical training for behavioral health-related professionals and paraprofessionals.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) and Congresswoman Diana DeGette (CO-1), co-chairs of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, and Nita Lowey (NY-17), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee and State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, today condemned the anti-choice provisions included in Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations bills as Congress considers these measures this week.
ROCHESTER, NY — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today announced a $770,000 grant for the University of Rochester Medical Center from the Department of Health and Human Services. The award will be used to research and develop drugs that would prevent radiation damage to the salivary glands for throat and neck cancer patients.
We all know that the fight to defend the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its critical protections is not over. Your voice and your opinions remain essential to this debate. That’s why for the past month I’ve asked you to tell me your thoughts on efforts to repeal this landmark law. So far, I’ve received thousands of responses from people across Monroe County.
Here’s a topline look at what you have to say:
WASHINGTON, DC — On the news that the Trump administration will suddenly end hundreds of millions of dollars in funding for the federal Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, Congresswomen Diana DeGette and Louise Slaughter, co-chairs of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus issued the following statement:
The Congressional Majority's efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are now on life-support, but that doesn’t mean our fight is over.
The Majority’s repeal bill has been through multiple reincarnations, each one more devastating than the last. Despite the uncertainty and the partisan spin from conservatives in Washington, I will continue to fight every day in Congress to protect and improve the Affordable Care Act.
You’ve likely heard the news that last week, Senate Republicans brought their secret health care repeal bill out of the dark backroom it was crafted in somewhere in the Capitol. It is even crueler than the version that passed the House in May.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) issued the following statement in reaction to the passing of Dr. Amy Reed. Dr. Reed’s own patient report to the FDA was the first adverse event report received regarding power morcellators, which was followed by hundreds of other safety reports.
Washington, DC – Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus Co-Chairs Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) called the budget request submitted to Congress today by President Trump an unprecedented attack on women’s health. The proposal would make drastic cuts to crucial programs and have a devastating impact on women’s access to vital health care services.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) released the following statement in reaction to President Trump’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018: