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Congressman Darren Soto

Representing the 9th District of Florida

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

August 17, 2017 In The News

U.S. Representative Darren Soto (FL-09) will host a Latino Town Hall on August 24, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. The event will address pressing legislation impacting our Latino community. Co-sponsoring organizations include: Mi Familia Vota, Hispanic Federation, HOPE Community Center, Iniciativa Accion Puertoriqueña, Latino Justice, Law Offices of Ingrid Morfa, Young American Dreamers, and Venezuela 20-20. 

July 20, 2017 In The News

Soto denounces the consideration of the repeal of Obamacare and supports bipartisan legislation.  In Florida's 9th District, many families would be in danger of losing their insurance due to the potential Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal, making this a life or death issue. Congressman Soto spoke on the House floor to confront this pressing issue.

The video below begins with Congressman Soto explaining the skyrocketing premiums rising to 100% in 2026 and the 32 million people left uninsured if a replacement for Obamacare is not created.

June 5, 2017 Blog Post

Congressman Soto is not afraid to speak plainly about what President Trump is doing: Trump is acting to sabotage healthcare for millions of Americans.

 

 

 

 

June 3, 2017 Event

KISSIMMEE, FL.- U.S. Representative Darren Soto (FL-09) will host a town hall in Polk County this Saturday June 3, 2017 at the Winter Haven City Commission chamber. Soto will be discussing the federal budget and the future of healthcare.

 

Members of the media who would like to cover the event are encouraged to RSVP here: iza.montalvo@mail.house.gov

 

June 2, 2017 Press Release

KISSIMMEE, FL.- U.S. Representative Darren Soto (FL-09) will host a town hall in Polk County this Saturday June 3, 2017 at the Winter Haven City Commission chamber. Soto will be discussing the federal budget and the future of healthcare.

WHAT:  Polk County Town Hall

 

WHO: U.S. Representative Darren Soto (FL-09)

 

WHEN: Saturday, June 3 from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m.

 

April 3, 2017 In The News

Let’s start with the good news: the overall cancer death rate in the United States has been declining over the past two decades, thanks to lower rates of smoking, earlier detection and better treatments. The bad news: cancer health disparities continue to exist.

March 23, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Congressman Darren Soto (FL-09) continues the fight for America’s working families and the elderly in anticipation of today’s expected vote on TrumpCare. On Wednesday, Congressman Soto took his fight to the House Floor where he highlighted by the numbers how the legislation would hurt Americans if it becomes law.

 

March 8, 2017 In The News

TOP 5 REASONS TRUMPCARE DOESN’T CARE

#1 TrumpCare cuts Medicaid

It creates underfunded block grants to states that will lead to less care, including forcing seniors out of nursing homes and reducing healthcare for the poor.

#2 TrumpCare eliminates Healthcare Subsidies

March 2, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Darren Soto will introduce today the “Strengthening Mosquito Abatement for Safety and Health Act” or SMASH Act. This bill supports and expands programs for mosquito-borne and vector-borne disease, surveillance and control.  
 
The SMASH Act supports the work of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and state and local public health authorities in several ways:
 
• The bill extends through FY2023 CDC grants for mosquito control programs.

February 21, 2017 In The News

Families across Florida’s 9th District are concerned about their health care, and how Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) will affect them.  This past Saturday, Congressman Soto took the initiative to listen to their concerns and brief them on what he is doing to help.


The town hall begins with Darren explaining the recent history of healthcare in our nation and how the ACA is helping millions of Floridians.