BUILDING A HEALTHIER MICHIGAN
Fred is absolutely committed to innovative solutions to expand access to quality care for all Americans and reduce costs.
His historic 21st Century Cures Act, which he introduced with Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) and was signed by President Obama in 2016 – is already making invaluable contributions to health worldwide. Thanks to Cures, we’re able to better prevent and screen cancer, we have a better understanding of the human brain, and we’re improving the field of stem cell science. We’ve seen a record number of new drugs approved, including new generics, which have helped lower health care costs for millions of Americans. And we’re on the cusp of finding a cure for sickle cell. And because Cures expedited the approval of life-saving cures and devices, we will have a COVID-19 in record time.
DeGette and Fred have teamed up again and introduced Cures 2.0, new bipartisan legislation that builds on the successes of 21st Century Cures and will help us take the next step toward finding and delivering more life-saving cures for patients in Michigan and across the country.
Fred is also committed to finding bipartisan consensus on a health care plan that guarantees coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, kids on their parents’ plan, and protection for those who get coverage under Medicaid expansion, like here in Michigan.
Drug prices are too expensive for too many Americans, and lowering the cost of prescription drugs remain a top priority for Fred. Folks here in Southwest Michigan should have access to transparent pricing information, and we need to boost competition in the market to drive prices lower. In 2019, Fred cosponsored H.R. 19, the Lower Costs, More Cures Act. H.R. 19 will help reduce drug costs on patients, advance cures for devastating diseases, and can pass both chambers of Congress and be signed into law.
In 2018, Congress took a monumental step to combat the opioid epidemic, a crisis that has ravaged southwest Michigan and communities everywhere. Thanks to a bipartisan effort, we passed and President Trump signed the Substance Use-Disorder that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act, which represents the most significant congressional effort to confront a single drug crisis in American history.