Health Care and Social Security

“As a nurse, I have always considered access to quality, affordable health care fundamental to my practice. I carry this with me in Congress and I consider protecting access to care for people with pre-existing conditions and making health care and prescription drugs more affordable among my most essential priorities.”  

Congresswoman Underwood believes all Americans should have high-quality, affordable health care. In Congress, she is focused on protecting people with pre-existing conditions, lowering health insurance premiums and drug prices, and expanding access to mental health care.

One of her very first bills, H.R. 1010, protects patients by banning “junk” insurance plans that don’t have to cover pre-existing conditions or health benefits people rely on like hospital services, maternity care, or prescription drugs. This bill was passed by the House of Representatives on May 16, 2019, and is awaiting consideration by the Senate. Congresswoman Underwood has also passed legislation to protect people with pre-existing conditions, allow people up to 26 years old to stay on their parents’ health insurance, and help make quality health care more affordable.

She has also introduced the Health Care Affordability Act (H.R. 1868), which would ensure that no one who buys insurance on their own has to pay more than 8.5 percent of their income for health insurance premiums. This would reduce premiums by hundreds or thousands of dollars for more than 17,000 people in Illinois’s 14th Congressional District and make lower-cost options available to 22,000 uninsured people in the district.

Congresswoman Underwood believes women should have access to the full spectrum of reproductive health care options. She supports investing in nursing, mental health, and other providers to increase access to care.

Congresswoman Underwood is focused on retirement security, so that seniors who worked hard their whole lives have the comfortable and dignified retirement they have earned. She supports improving Social Security benefits and strengthening the program through the Social Security 2100 Act (H.R. 860), which is the most important source of retirement income for 4 out of 5 seniors. She introduced H.R. 2005, the Women’s Retirement Protection Act, which would extend critical protections to women’s retirement security and ensure women can better prepare for retirement.

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More on Health Care and Social Security

April 23, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) led 30 Sophomore and Freshmen House Democratic Members in an effort urging President Biden to prioritize health care coverage and affordability policies in upcoming recovery legislation, including a permanent expansion of advance premium tax credits (APTCs) used to purchase Marketplace plans under the Affordable Care Act.

April 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Representative Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Chairs Julie Brownley (CA-26), Frank Mrvan (IN-01), Mike Levin (CA-49), and Chris Pappas (NH-01) reintroduced legislation to address the veteran suicide crisis.

April 16, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—In a hearing with the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) advocated for programs to support nutrition assistance and improve maternal health.

April 16, 2021 Press Release

Bipartisan legislation supported by Veterans Service Organizations including the Wounded Warrior Project, Disabled American Veterans, and Minority Veterans of America

April 8, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Yesterday, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) led 35 members of the House of Representatives in urging House and Senate leadership to make the health care affordability provisions included in the American Rescue Plan permanent. In the letter to House Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Schumer, the Members highlighted the health care savings that Americans are already seeing from the inclusion of expanded premium tax credits in the American Rescue Plan, and emphasized the need to permanently extend these provisions, which are set to expire in 2023.

April 7, 2021 Press Release

WEST CHICAGO—Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) hosted a series of three virtual conversations with health care experts and community organizations to discuss health care savings available to Illinois families through the American Rescue Plan. These videos will help Illinoisans understand how the new law lowers Marketplace health plan costs for them and their families. In the first conversation, Underwood speaks with Cynthia Cox, Vice President, Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), who explains the ways in which the American Rescue Plan makes health care more affordable. In the second

April 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—On the first day new, lower premium prices are available on due to the American Rescue Plan, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) encouraged Illinois families to review new savings available to them.

March 11, 2021 Press Release

Underwood’s Health Care Affordability Act, included in the American Rescue Plan, will lower out-of-pocket health care costs for American families 

February 27, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Representative Lauren Underwood (IL-14) supported the passage of the American Rescue Plan in the House of Representatives.

February 27, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Representative Lauren Underwood’s (IL-14) legislation that would lower health care costs for American families passed the U.S. House of Representatives today. The Health Care Affordability Act would lower out-of-pocket health care premium costs by making premium tax credits for Health Insurance Marketplace plans more generous and available to more Americans.