Access to high-quality, affordable health care and robust funding and support for medical research is vitally important to all New Yorkers.

The historic Affordable Care Act has helped over 32 million Americans, including almost 3 million uninsured New Yorkers, gain access to affordable health insurance. In addition to cracking down on insurance company abuses, the new law also makes needed investments in our nation’s health care system. It also requires insurance companies to cover preventative care, so that illness and disease can be stopped ahead of time; provides more support for our nation’s health care workforce by giving new incentives to provide primary care services; and helps our doctors, nurses, and other providers with debt from their education and training, by funding scholarships and loan forgiveness and repayment for those that practice in underserved areas.  Of course, there is still much more work to be done on cutting inefficiencies and eliminating waste, fraud and abuse in the health care system. This new law will not fix all of our health care problems, however, it is making significant steps in the right direction, and Chuck will continue to fight for New York families and their right to access affordable, quality health care coverage.

The success of our health care system also depends on scientific research. The breakthroughs achieved by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and our university centers represent our greatest hope for treating and curing the diseases from cancer to Alzheimer’s.

Chuck also believes it is crucial that we preserve and strengthen Medicare, a vital lifeline for 54 million seniors. They deserve nothing less.