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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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.

July 29, 2020 Press Release

Underwood amendment prevents DOJ from spending federal funds on litigation that undermines the health care law

WASHINGTON— Tomorrow, the House of Representatives will vote on Congresswoman Lauren Underwood's (IL-14) legislation to protect the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The amendment, which is part of the appropriations process, would prevent the Department of Justice (DOJ) from spending federal funds on litigation that undermines the health care law.

July 27, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Representatives Lauren Underwood (IL-14) and Alma Adams (NC-12), founders and co-chairs of the Black Maternal Health Caucus, convened more than 100 organizations working to address the Black maternal health crisis for a virtual stakeholder summit.

July 23, 2020 Press Release

Underwood’s ACE Veterans Act would expand veterans’ access to a full year’s supply of contraception

July 15, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Yesterday, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Vice Chair of the Homeland Security Committee, continued her fight to deliver personal protective equipment (PPE) to Illinois health care providers and frontline working during the coronavirus pandemic. In a Homeland Security Committee hearing examining the federal response to the pandemic, Underwood questioned Craig Fugate, former Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other witnesses on the Administration’s failure to meet critical needs for PPE across the country.

July 8, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON-- Today,  Representative Lauren Underwood (IL-14) released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court decision weakening the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage requirement.  


July 1, 2020 Press Release

Underwood's ACE Veterans Act would expand veterans’ access to a full year’s supply of contraception 

June 29, 2020 Press Release

Underwood’s legislation, the Health Care Affordability Act, would reduce insurance premiums for approximately 20 million Americans by increasing premium tax credits and making them available to more middle-income Americans