Mike strongly supports universal health care coverage.

Mike is standing strong against Republican determination to obliterate the Affordable Care Act. He is a proud sponsor of H.R. 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, and co-founded the bipartisan House Caucus on Community Health Centers.


Mike is standing strong against Republican determination to obliterate the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The House has voted numerous times to dismantle it and the Trump Administration is fighting hard to repeal the law. Moreover, Trump’s appointees are using every possible bureaucratic and regulatory maneuver to limit access and reduce benefits.

Mike strongly supports universal health care coverage and is a proud sponsor of H.R. 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act.

Mike co-founded the bipartisan House Caucus on Community Health Centers. Over the last decade, enrollment in community health centers has more than doubled.

Mike knows how important it is to create access to high quality, affordable health care. He co-founded the bipartisan House Caucus on Community Health Centers with another urban Democrat and two rural Republican colleagues from Texas and Florida. Since founding the caucus, Mike is always searching for ways to expand the Community Health Center program and has been successful in securing additional funding for this vital resource. Over the last decade, enrollment in community health centers has more than doubled.

Mike also works tirelessly to help Massachusetts retain its preeminence in health care education and biomedical innovation. Our medical schools and teaching hospitals provide world-class health care, create thousands of high quality jobs and sustain growth industries such as biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. Mike recognizes that these institutions are an important component of the Commonwealth’s safety net. Boston’s internationally acclaimed Children’s Hospital is the number one provider of care to low-income children on Medicaid in Massachusetts, yet before Mike Capuano came to its aid, federal funds were not available for Graduate Medical Education (GME) in pediatrics. GME is funded through the Medicare program, so hospitals not serving patients within the Medicare population were not eligible. Mike worked with Boston Children’s and other pediatric hospitals nationwide to secure support for their interns and residents.

Mike successfully restored funding for the Boston Steps program, which provides resources for chronic disease management and prevention, and led congressional efforts to increase funding for the Ryan White program, an initiative dedicated to caring for those living with HIV and AIDS.

Mike is very concerned about discrimination based on health status and disparities in access to health care. He is a champion of the Boston Public Health Commission’s REACH initiative, which uses federal seed money to mobilize community health education and empowerment and increase diagnostic screenings in underserved neighborhoods. Mike successfully restored funding for the Boston Steps program, which provides resources for chronic disease management and prevention, particularly in areas where significant health disparities persist.

Mike led congressional efforts to increase funding for the Ryan White program, an initiative dedicated to caring for those living with HIV and AIDS. He also led the effort to ensure that a number of Boston institutions, such as Boston Medical Center, would continue serving as federally funded HIV-AIDS clinical research sites investigating new treatments. Maintaining these sites is vital to ensuring that diverse groups of patients have access to the latest treatments.

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