Congressman Jim McGovern

Representing the 2nd District of Massachussetts
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Health Care

Congressman McGovern has been a strong proponent of increasing access to affordable health care for our families and small businesses. Jim voted to prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions or raising their premiums when someone gets sick. He supported improving Medicare benefits by closing the “donut hole” in the prescription drug benefit; allowing young people to stay on their parents’ insurance until the age of 26; and extending coverage to the uninsured. Congressman McGovern will continue to work hard to make health care more affordable for all by cutting costs for small businesses and investing in new technologies.

Jim McGovern has helped spur investments in cutting-edge medical technologies in Massachusetts, including genetic disease research at UMass Memorial, “untethered” health care at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, battlefield chemical detections devices for our soldiers, and state-of-the-art prosthetics for wounded veterans.

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UPDATE 11/25/13: Rep. McGovern announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will be extending the date that consumers can enroll in a health plan to receive coverage beginning January 1, from December 15 to December 23.

 “This extension is great news for Americans enrolling in quality, affordable coverage for themselves and their families,” said Rep.McGovern. “This common-sense, consumer-oriented change will give more time and greater confidence to those who need uninterrupted coverage with a new plan, and those enrolling in health coverage for the first time.”

 As technical challenges with the website are resolved, the extension provides an extra eight days to sign up for coverage that starts on January 1—giving consumers more time to review plan options, talk with their families, providers or enrollment assistors, and enroll in the plan that’s right for them.

 State-based marketplaces will also have the option to extend the deadline beyond December 23, if they can work it out with their health plans. More than four months remain in the open enrollment period for 2014, with open enrollment not ending until March 31, 2014.  

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Apr 8, 2014

I thank the gentleman from Georgia for yielding me the customary 30 minutes. I ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks and I yield myself 8 minutes.

M. Speaker, budgets are moral documents. These annual documents are really statements of who we are as political parties and groups.  They represent our values. They tell a story about what we believe in and how we would govern.

Aug 1, 2013
I rise to congratulate Taft Early Learning School in Uxbridge, Massachusetts for being named as a Bronze Award Winner in the USDA Healthier School Challenge.
May 6, 2013
United States Representative Jim McGovern announced two federal grants from the Department of Health and Human Services for Worcester organizations today. The Family Health Center of Worcester received $367,630 to continue funding of their Health Center Cluster, while a study at Clark University on Postpartum Mental Health among Visible and Invisible Minority Women will be funded for $718,722 over the next three and a half years.
Jun 29, 2012
We must continue our efforts to ensure that the health care system works for all American families.
May 2, 2012
Senator John Kerry, along with Congressmen John Olver, Michael Capuano, Richard Neal, William Keating, James McGovern, and John Tierney, today announced that 11 community health centers across Massachusetts will receive $33,716,628 to support renovation a
Apr 27, 2012

A House GOP Political Ploy -- Jeopardizing Stopping the Doubling of Student Loan Interest Rate by Using A Partisan Poison Pill As An Offset
The Choice Is Clear: Protecting Big Oil or Ensuring the Health of Women & Children

Key Points:

Aug 1, 2011
There is something fundamentally wrong when a billionaire hedge fund manager pays a lower tax rate than his secretary; when Big Oil can make tens of billions in profits every quarter but still get sweetheart deals from the taxpayer; and when we are slashing funding for roads and bridges but allowing tax breaks for corporate jet owners to continue.
Jul 27, 2011
Eighty Member of Congress have now signed onto a letter spearheaded by Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) leaders to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi insisting that cuts Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid be off the table in any budget deal. Leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Asian Pacific American have also signed the letter and are encouraging their respective Caucus members to join them.
Jul 19, 2011

Opening Statement of U.S. Representative James P. McGovern

H. Res. 355, Rule for Consideration of H.R. 2560

July 19, 2011