Health

Darren will fight to protect Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid for our seniors and our persons with disabilities to safeguard healthcare and financial security for the most vulnerable among us.  Our seniors have paid into these programs their entire lives and have earned these benefits.  Our disabled and their families need our help to give them a reasonable quality of life.

Darren also supports the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which reaffirms his belief that healthcare is a right for all Americans.  This important legislation protects all Americans with pre-existing conditions, keeps all young people on their parents' health insurance until age 26, and protects all Americans from going broke if they get sick by prohibiting lifetime caps.

Florida's healthcare exchange has provided over 1.3 million Floridians with health insurance and is the largest federal exchange in the county.  Floridians also received more healthcare subsidies than any other state.  

Darren is open to improving or replacing the Act as long as the same number of people remain covered at the same or lower cost.  However, Darren will oppose any repeal of the Act without replacement, since it would hurt countless Floridians and be catastrophic to our healthcare system.

Selected bills on healthcare co-sponsored by Congressman Soto:

H.R. 508 - Seniors Have Eyes, Ear, and Teeth Act of 2017 - to expand Medicare coverage to include eyeglasses, hearing aids, and dental care.

H.R. 165 - Restoring the Partnership for County Health Care Costs Act of 2017 - allow, an otherwise eligible individual under Title XVI, to receive SSI, Medicare, Medicaid or CHIP benefits.

H.R. 173 - Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2017 - repeal the excise tax on employer-sponsored health care coverage for which there is an excess benefit (high-cost plans).

H.R. 166 - Outpatient Mental Health Modernization Act of 2017 - stabilize and modernize the provision of partial hospitalization services under the Medicare Program, and for other purposes.

More on Health

July 17, 2019 Press Release

Today, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce approved Congressman Darren Soto’s bipartisan legislation to provide equal access of federal resources for Medicaid to all American citizens living in the five U.S. territories: Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and Northern Mariana Islands. The Territories Health Care Improvement Act, included as part of H.R. 2328, now heads to the full House of Representatives for a vote, one step closer to becoming law.

July 10, 2019 Press Release

Today, U.S. Congressman Darren Soto introduced bipartisan legislation to provide equal access to federal resources for Medicaid to American Citizens living in U.S. territories.  H.R. 3631, the Territories Health Care Improvement Act, increases the limit on Medicaid payments and the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage for the five U.S. territories: Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and Northern Mariana Islands.

June 6, 2019 Press Release

This week, Congress passed H.R. 345 the SMASH Act or “Strengthening Mosquito Abatement for Safety and Health Act,” legislation authored by U.S. Representative Darren Soto (FL-09) that supports and expands programs for mosquito-borne and vector-borne disease surveillance and control. This legislation was included as section 607 of the Senate version S.1379, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2019. It passed by voice vote in both the House and the Senate.

May 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Florida Democratic congressional delegation voted for H.R. 986, the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act of 2019, which blocks the Trump Administration’s efforts to give states the ability to weaken the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) critical protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions.

April 25, 2019 Press Release

Today, U.S. Congressman Darren Soto (FL-09) released a Congressional Report on the high prices of diabetes drugs for seniors and the uninsured and the adverse impact on Florida’s Ninth District. Findings from the report show that because Medicare is not allowed to negotiate drug prices, the costs to Medicare in the District are over three times higher than in the United Kingdom, nearly five times higher than Australia, and over twice as high as in Canada.

April 25, 2019 In The News

HAINES CITY, Fla. — A soon-to-be released Congressional report shows just how much more Americans are paying for crucial lifesaving prescription drugs compared to those buying the same drugs in other countries.

  • Report: Uninsured Americans pay up to 23 times more for insulin than other countries
  • More than 30 million Americans have diabetes

 

Congress has been eyeing reforms and oversight measures of American pharmaceutical companies.

April 25, 2019 Event

The prices of prescription drugs have continued to rise at alarming rates. Every American should have access to life-saving medication.

Join U.S. Congressman Darren Soto, AARP and other healthcare professionals in Polk County for a Town Hall about healthcare and prescription drug prices. Everyone is encouraged to attend and share concerns about how the cost of medication may be affecting you or your family.

April 1, 2019 Press Release

Kissimmee, FL  Today, U.S. Rep. Darren Soto (FL-09) announced that the Primary Care Medical Services of Poinciana will receive an additional $300,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support the Title X Family Planning Services Program at Osceola Community Health Services. The funds will help vulnerable populations in the area who rely on affordable, accessible family planning programs.  

March 5, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DCU.S. Congressman Darren Soto (FL-09) announced today that the Primary Care Medical Services of Poinciana will receive a $2,630,115 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support the Health Center Program. The funds will help vulnerable populations in the area who rely on Health Centers for affordable, accessible heath care access.

January 25, 2019 Press Release
Central Florida Representatives Val Demings, Stephanie Murphy, and Darren Soto announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $10,086,333 to Orange County to help individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS access medical care and other critical support services. The grant, made possible through HHS’s HIV Emergency Relief Program, provides direct financial assistance to areas where the funding will make the greatest difference in the fight against HIV.