Underwood Urges Congress to Protect Tax Credit for Millions, Make Historic Health Care Affordability Expansion Permanent in Build Back Better Act

September 30, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) delivered a speech on the House floor on the critical importance of making the historic health care affordability expansion included in the American Rescue Plan permanent. The advance premium tax credit expansion in the American Rescue Plan, based on Underwood’s Health Care Affordability Act, has cut our nation’s uninsured rate, provided substantial savings for individuals and families, and taken the most significant step towards health equity since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. Underwood urged her colleagues to permanently extend the advance premium tax credit expansion in the Build Back Better Act to ensure the historic coverage, affordability, and equity gains are not reversed. 

 

In just six months since the American Rescue Plan was signed into law by President Biden, we’ve cut our nation’s uninsured rate, provided substantial savings for individuals and families, and taken the most significant step towards health equity since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law,” said Underwood. “We cannot afford to backtrack on the historic progress we’ve made for the American people. We must make the advance premium tax credit expansion from the American Rescue Plan permanent and close the Medicaid coverage gap in the Build Back Better Act. We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make high-quality care affordable and accessible to all; the American people are counting on us to get this done, and we must deliver.” 

 

A video of Underwood's floor speech can be found here.

 

In Congress, Underwood has championed several bills to expand access to quality, affordable health care. Underwood’s Health Care Affordability Act would extend coverage to millions of uninsured Americans and lower the cost of premiums for millions more, saving northern Illinois families and households across the nation hundreds or thousands of dollars. The legislation, which passed the House in the 116th Congress, was included in Build Back Better Act legislation advanced by the House Committee on Ways and Means.  

 

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