Congressman Jim McGovern

Representing the 2nd District of Massachussetts
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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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More on Health & Healthcare

Feb 2, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) applauded today’s announcement that President Obama’s FY 2017 Budget includes $1.1 billion in funding to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting so many families in Massachusetts and across the country.

Jan 14, 2016

WORCESTER, MA – Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) joined U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald, UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD, and other regional and local leaders today for the ribbon cutting on the new VA specialty care clinic in Worcester. Click here to view photos online.

Dec 8, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) and 12 New England members sent a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell, urging the Administration to continue its work to address the opioid addiction and overdose epidemic in New England. Specifically, the letter calls on the Administration to convene a cross-department working group, develop guidelines on methods of pain management, provide those guidelines to physicians in a “Prescriber Pain Relief Toolkit,” and support the development of alternative pain management.

Oct 29, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) voted with 265 other Democratic and Republican Members of Congress to pass H.R. 1314, a bipartisan budget agreement that creates jobs, protects seniors, affirms the full faith and credit of the United States and invests in our future. 

Oct 23, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) called for the GOP Congress to immediately act to protect seniors and people with disabilities from significant increases in their 2016 Medicare Part B premiums and deductibles. McGovern is co-sponsoring H.R.3696, the Medicare Premium Fairness Act of 2015, a bill that would fix this problem by keeping Medicare Part B premiums and deductibles for all Medicare enrollees at the 2015 levels.

Oct 22, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) applauded the new efforts announced by President Obama to address the opioid crisis that is affecting families in Massachusetts and states around the country.

Oct 22, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) announced that $1.03 million has been awarded to the Family Health Center of Worcester and the University of Massachusetts Medical School by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to provide core medical and support services to people living with HIV. The mission of the grant is to help local organizations provide comprehensive primary health care in outpatient settings to people living with HIV disease.