Congressman Jim McGovern

Representing the 2nd District of Massachussetts
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Health & Healthcare

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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September – National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

October – National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

November – American Diabetes Month

December – World AIDS Day

 

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Jul 29, 2015

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) released the following statement on the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. At a ceremony celebrating the anniversary today, Congressman McGovern joined House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, House Democrats, and former Congressman John Dingell, who played a leading role in the push to establish Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.

Jul 22, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a letter sent today to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) joined eight members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation in calling on the agency to take action to support broader access to the opioid overdose prevention treatment, naloxone.

Jun 25, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in the King v. Burwell case:

“Today is a major victory, ensuring that millions of Americans across the country will continue to have access to high-quality, affordable health care like we do in Massachusetts. Massachusetts was proud to lead the way in health care reform and today’s Supreme Court’s decision sent a powerful message that the Affordable Care Act is here to stay.

Feb 3, 2015
I rise in strong opposition to this closed rule and to the underlying bill. Here we are again, back on the House floor with yet another pointless attempt by the Republican Majority to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Today’s exercise in time-wasting gamesmanship marks the 56th time that we have been down this well-traveled road. If Republicans get their way, real people would see real benefits taken away.
Jan 14, 2015

Here, you can find ACA Tax Provisions impacting Individuals and Families and Employers

Oct 10, 2014

Ebola: Basics About the Disease

Aug 25, 2014

In August, I organized a three-day, district-wide farm tour that included 20 stops at local producers, co-op markets, and food distribution centers. I was happy that U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Edward Avalos, MA Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Maeve Vallely Bartlett, and MA Commissioner of Agriculture Greg Watson were able to accompany me on the tour.

Jul 15, 2014
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was established to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Free meals, that meet Federal nutrition guidelines, are provided to all children 18 years old and under at approved SFSP sites in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children.
Jun 2, 2014
U.S. Rep. James “Jim” McGovern wants to take what Franklin County’s got and give it to the rest of the country. “What I love about the new part of my district is that, out here, people demonstrate how to do things right,” McGovern told a crowd of constituents gathered at Green Fields Market Saturday. His district, largely in Worcester County, grew to include Greenfield and 13 central and eastern Franklin County towns during last year’s federal redistricting. His words referred to the county’s commitment to sustainable living, support of local agriculture and enthusiasm for renewable energies.
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.