Making Health Care Affordable

Throughout her career, Senator Stabenow has made access to quality, affordable health care a top priority.

Stabenow has long been recognized for her efforts to make prescription drugs more affordable, including provisions in the Affordable Care Act that lower the cost of medicine, and she has written legislation to allow the importation of safe prescription medicines from Canada. She has cosponsored legislation to allow Medicare to negotiate with drug companies to lower the cost of drugs for low-income seniors and people with disabilities who rely on Medicare.

She is also a leading advocate of community health centers, which provide affordable, high-quality care in over 180 communities in Michigan. As part of the Affordable Care Act, she ensured that these health centers would get immediate assistance to expand their operations and provide primary care services to up to 25 million Americans in need.

Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act of 2015

The U.S. Senate Committee on Finance approved Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Chuck Grassley’s (R-IA) bipartisan Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act to improve maternity care for women and newborns and reduce health care costs. This bill makes sure all pregnant women have the care they need to give their children a healthy start regardless of where they live.

Nearly a quarter of all hospitalizations are related to childbearing women and newborns. The Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act will improve maternity care for women and newborns by holding Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program accountable through higher quality standards. The legislation will also support collaboration that promotes the best care and avoids medical complications to reduce costs.

 Health Care for Veterans, Women in the Military

Last Congress, President Obama signed into law a provision in a broader national defense bill to review whether women in the military have access to quality health services. The measure, authored by Senator Stabenow, requires the Government Accountability Office to conduct a comprehensive review of both the access to, and quality of women's health services for active servicewomen and other women, including military spouses. The review includes a specific focus on maternity care and quality measure standards. Once the review is completed, Congress will receive recommendations about how to improve health services for military women living in the United States and abroad.

Senator Stabenow has led the fight to make sure that veterans get the care they need and bring veterans’ health clinics to Michigan. New clinics have opened in Alpena, Bad Axe, Cadillac, Cheboygan County, Clare, and Grayling. Senator Stabenow has worked in partnership with the VA and local Michigan veteran leaders to make sure that veterans all over Michigan have access to healthcare. She has worked with other senators on bipartisan legislation that expands options for care to those veterans who live in rural areas or experience excessive wait times.