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"The people of Louisiana deserve a health care system that works for them, and I am committed to expanding access to affordable, patient-centered coverage that allows all Americans to have the freedom and flexibility to choose health care that fits their unique needs."

America’s health care system is broken. For too long, government interference has stifled innovation, restricted access to new treatments, and limited the free market. Overregulation has created an expensive and inflexible system that focuses more on bureaucracy and payment-processing than patients and doctors.

Americans deserve a health care system that works for them. We must give choice back to the American people, and allow them the freedom and flexibility to choose healthcare that fits their unique needs. As Congress works to expand affordable, patient-centered health insurance choices for all Americans, it is imperative that we also ensure access to coverage, regardless of age, income, pre-existing conditions, or circumstances, and encourage marketplace competition and the development of life-saving drugs, devices, and therapies.

Please know that I will support legislation that encourages marketplace competition so that every Louisianan has access to affordable health insurance options. It is also critical that we reduce unnecessary federal regulations on the health industry to encourage the development of life-saving devices and therapies. Additionally, we must always uphold our commitment to aging Americans by protecting Medicare.

 

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September 15, 2021 Press Release

LAFAYETTE, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) will be awarded a $3.5 million research facilities construction grant through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The grant will finance work at ULL’s New Iberia Research Center.
  
Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:

August 18, 2021 Editorial

Employers across the country are telling their workers to take the vaccine or lose their jobs. As federal agencies and businesses move forward with COVID-19 vaccine mandates, workers are questioning what rights they have as individuals.

Under current law, an employee’s rights to challenge vaccine mandates are limited. That is a problem. Neither government nor private employers should have the right to mandate medical procedures, including a vaccine.

August 18, 2021 Press Release

LAFAYETTE, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) delivered a letter today to Governor John Bel Edwards calling on the State to expand the availability of Monoclonal Antibody (mAb) treatments to all medical facilities across Louisiana that are capable of administering it.
 

February 3, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) called out Democrats for pushing a massive $1.9 trillion stimulus package while more than $1 trillion of previously appropriated COVID relief funds remain unspent.
 
As scored by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the total cost of stimulus laws enacted over the last year amounts to $3.7 trillion. More than $1 trillion of available budgetary resources remain to be spent. Examples of remaining funds include:

January 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced that three 3rd District community health centers will receive over $600,000 in supplemental funding as part of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Health Center Cluster Program.

  • Teche Action Board will receive $132,480.
  • SWLA Center for Health Services will receive $199,500.
  • Iberia Comprehensive Community Health Center will receive $271,680.


Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:

October 16, 2020 Editorial

     As the Senate considers Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court, health care has emerged as a top issue. Senate Democrats have repeatedly and falsely asserted that Republicans are conspiring to rob Americans of their health coverage. The truth is that President Trump and Republicans are working to improve our broken health care system.

July 8, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld exemptions to the Affordable Care Act’s requirement for employers to provide insurance coverage that includes contraception. The court ruled 7-2 in favor of the Trump administration and the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic charity.

May 21, 2020 Press Release

LAFAYETTE, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement of support after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $190,781,430 in funding to expand Coronavirus testing in Louisiana. The funding is made available through the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act.

“Louisiana needs to reopen our economy at 100% capacity. This expansion of testing will expedite that effort, and we’ll continue to work with our federal partners to provide necessary resources for Louisiana.”

April 30, 2020 Press Release

LAFAYETTE, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) has pushed several measures in recent weeks to protect U.S. interests and hold China accountable for its deception on the origin and spread of coronavirus.
 
This includes:

April 9, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) and Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., (R-LA) sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence, requesting assistance in expanding COVID-19 testing for offshore oil and gas workers.