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 12, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) introduced new legislation to address the health care professional shortage within the Department of Veterans Affairs. The bipartisan VA Nurse and Physician Assistant RAISE Act would increase the pay limitation on nurse and physician assistant salaries to help the VA attract and retain top health care talent to ensure veterans receive timely, high-quality care. The legislation is co-led by Representative David P.

August 16, 2021 Press Release

Ensures nurses, doctors, and mental health professionals have the training and resources they need to identify and support young people at risk for suicide to save lives and prevent tragedies 

July 7, 2021 Press Release

WEST CHICAGO— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) released the following statement on President Joe Biden’s visit to Illinois’ 14th District. During the visit, Underwood joined President Biden at McHenry County College to discuss the American Families Plan and what it means for Illinois families.  

July 7, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) introduced the Chronic Condition Copay Elimination Act, legislation that would eliminate out-of-pocket costs for common, life-saving prescription drugs, including insulin, that are used to manage chronic conditions. The Chronic Condition Copay Elimination Act would require private health insurance plans, including high deductible health plans, to cover certain preventive care and prescription drugs without charging a copayment, coinsurance, or deductible-related fee.

June 24, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Black Maternal Health Caucus co-chairs Rep. Lauren Underwood (IL-14) and Alma Adams (NC-12) applauded the Energy and Commerce Committee for considering two bills included in the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021 (H.R. 959) in the Subcommittee on Health. The Social Determinants for Moms Act (H.R. 943) led by Rep. Lucy McBath (GA-06) would make key investments to address social determinants of health that impact maternal health outcomes, including housing, nutrition, and transportation. The Data to Save Moms Act (H.R. 925) led by Rep.

June 17, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Representatives Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Robin Kelly (IL-02), Alma Adams (NC-12), and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) led 163 Members of Congress urging House and Senate Leadership to prioritize policies to address the U.S. maternal health crisis in the next coronavirus recovery package. The members are pushing for the inclusion of Underwood’s Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act (H.R. 959) and a permanent expansion of yearlong postpartum Medicaid coverage.

June 10, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) helped introduce bipartisan legislation to address heart disease in South Asians. The South Asian 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 South Asian communities.

May 24, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Representative Lauren Underwood (IL-14) introduced new legislation to help more Americans access the health care they need. The Primary and Behavioral Health Care Access Act would require private insurance plans to cover three annual primary care visits and three annual outpatient mental health or substance use disorder visits without charging a copayment, coinsurance, or deductible-related fee. The legislation is co-sponsored by Representatives Kim Schrier, M.D. (WA-08) and Katie Porter (CA-45).

May 12, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood’s (IL-14) bipartisan legislation to improve maternal health care for veterans passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support.

May 11, 2021 Press Release

Underwood fought to include expanded child tax credits in the American Rescue Plan that will benefit 140,100 children in the 14th District