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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October 9, 2020 Press Release

WEST CHICAGO— Ahead of the U.S. Senate’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing and as over 7.5 million Americans have contracted the coronavirus—a new preexisting condition, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14), held a press conference on the importance of protecting the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

September 22, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) announced support for bipartisan legislation to address heart disease in South Asians. The South Asia Heart Health Awareness and Research Act, led by Representatives Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and Joe Wilson (SC-02), aims to raise awareness and investigate the alarming rate of heart disease in the South Asian community. Underwood is a new co-sponsor of the legislation.

September 18, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Yesterday, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) supported the House passage of bipartisan legislation to protect pregnant workers. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (H.R. 2694) guarantees basic protections for pregnant workers by establishing a  clear-cut right to reasonable accommodations,  so they can continue working without jeopardizing their pregnancy.

September 17, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Yesterday, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) held a virtual discussion on safeguarding maternal health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Underwood and Warren recently introduced the bicameral Maternal Health Pandemic Response Act to address the impacts of the pandemic on the United States’ maternal health crisis. The legislation would improve data collection and research and make critical investments to mitigate pregnancy-related risks during the public health emergency.

August 31, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Representative Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Senator Richard J. Durbin (D-IL), Representative Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), and other Democratic members of the Illinois delegation urged Illinois’ leading health insurers to provide financial relief to Illinois individuals, families, and small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

August 27, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Representatives Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE), and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) led a letter of 28 Members of Congress to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler expressing their deep concern with a new rule which would weaken the EPA’s ability to limit dangerous methane pollution from the oil and gas sector. The letter also highlighted the link between dangerous methane emissions and the impact on maternal health risks, particularly for Black women.

August 17, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Representatives Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Kim Schrier, M.D. (WA-08), Kathy Castor (FL-14), and Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02) introduced new legislation to reverse the dangerous decrease in vaccination rates, which have plummeted during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Community Immunity During COVID-19 Act (H.R. 8061) makes critical investments to develop, scale, and evaluate local initiatives to promote recommended vaccinations during this pandemic.

August 10, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14), co-chair and co-founder of the Black Maternal Health Caucus, and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced new bicameral legislation to combat maternal mortality and morbidity during the coronavirus pandemic. The Maternal Health Pandemic Response Act would improve research and data collection and dedicate resources to safeguard the health of pregnant and postpartum individuals. This legislation addresses the unique needs of pregnant people and mothers of color—who research shows confront structural racism that contributes t

July 30, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood’s (IL-14) legislation to protect the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed the House of Representatives. The legislation, which was offered as an amendment to the House appropriations package for Fiscal Year 2021, would prevent the Department of Justice (DOJ) from spending federal funds on litigation that undermines the health care law.

July 30, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Yesterday, legislation co-sponsored by Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) to support the child care sector during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic passed the House of Representatives. The Child Care is Essential Act, H.R. 7027, would provide $50 billion in grant funding to child care providers to stabilize the child care sector so that providers can safely reopen and operate. Additionally, Underwood supported the passage of the Child Care for Economic Recovery Act, HR. 7327.