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As a member of the Labor, Health and Human Services Subcommittee, Congresswoman Frankel believes all Americans deserve access to affordable health care, and takes pride in advocating for policies that further this goal. For far too long, America’s health care system has been too inaccessible and costly for too many hardworking families and small businesses. In 2010, Congress passed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to lower costs and provide quality health care to all Americans. Millions of people are already enjoying the numerous benefits that this legislation provides, including prohibiting insurance companies from denying insurance for pre-existing conditions or dropping coverage when people get sick.
Like most Americans, Frankel believes we should work out the kinks instead of going back to a system where the insurance companies are in charge. When it comes to the ACA, we need to mend it, not end it. In Florida, approximately 1.6 million people signed up for health care through the new insurance markets – more than any other state. It is vital that we safeguard these important reforms as we move forward in improving our health care system.
Opioid Crisis: Rep. Frankel believes the opioid crisis is national tragedy, taking so many lives, especially young lives, and putting incredible pressure on medical and emergency infrastructure. As a member of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, Rep. Frankel has led the charge in taking on the growing sober home issue and opioid crisis in Palm Beach County since arriving to Congress in 2013. From the very beginning of her tenure in Congress, she brought together local stakeholders and representatives from the federal government to protect addicts exploited by corrupt sober home facilities. As a result of her advocacy, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued an updated joint statement in November 2016 that protects the rights of people recovering from drug addiction, while providing legal clarity for cities to regulate group homes. In July 2017, Frankel convened roundtables with the VA and health care professionals that led to the Palm Beach Medical Society creating an opioid task force and implementing a pilot program to prevent the over-prescribing of opioids. On Capitol Hill, Congresswoman Frankel supports legislation to tackle this nationwide crisis, and remains a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act, which requires insurance companies to cover addiction treatment.