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

Apr 7, 2016

WORCESTER, MATomorrow, April 8th, at 11:00 a.m. Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) will join the new Worcester School Superintendent Maureen Binienda, Family Health Center of Worcester President and CEO Frances Anthes, and other local leaders on a tour of South High School and its health clinic. Congressman McGovern has been a strong supporter of community health centers and health clinics and the important work they do to strengthen access to health care for underserved communities across Massachusetts.  

Mar 29, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) today applauded the announcement from the White House that it is calling for an expansion of specialized treatment for prescription painkiller and heroin addiction and training of medical school students using the newly-released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention prescriber guidelines for opioids.

Mar 23, 2016

As families get ready to file their taxes, I wanted to share some helpful tips for both Marketplace consumers and other tax filers when it comes to filing taxes this year.

Last year, millions of people purchased quality, affordable coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, and most benefitted from advance payments of the premium tax credit that lowered their monthly premiums. With the tax filing deadline a few weeks away, it’s a good time to remind everyone – both new and renewing consumers – about what they need to know when they file their taxes.

Mar 14, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) applauded the $94 million in funding that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced they will award to 271 health centers in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to improve and expand the delivery of substance abuse services in health centers, with a specific focus on treatment of opioid use disorders in underserved populations.

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.