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

April 12, 2021 Press Release

KISSIMMEE – Last week, during a visit to Osceola Community Health Services, Congressman Darren Soto (FL-09) announced the non-profit health corporation will receive $6.8 million in American Rescue Plan funds to expand their COVID-19 vaccination and treatment operations.

April 6, 2021 Press Release

KISSIMMEE  Last week, members of the Florida congressional delegation, led by Congressman Darren Soto (FL-09), wrote a letter to leaders of the Florida state Legislature encouraging full funding of Florida’s Medicaid program through the $10 billion provided by the recently-passed American Rescue Plan Act. 

March 3, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Darren Soto (FL-09) introduced the Helping Adults Protect Immunity Act (HAPI) Act to ensure more Americans can receive necessary vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccine, at no out-of-pocket cost. The legislation would create parity in vaccine coverage between traditional Medicaid and Medicaid expansion programs.

February 27, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Darren Soto (FL-09) voted to pass H.R. 1319, The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, legislation that will provide urgently-needed resources to defeat the virus, get vaccines in people’s arms, put money into families’ pockets, return children safely to the classroom and put people back to work. 

February 25, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representatives Daren Soto (FL-09), Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) introduced the Strengthening Mental Health Support for BIPOC Communities Act, legislation that aims to remove systemic barriers to mental health and emotional support services that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities have historically faced.

February 25, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representatives Darren Soto (D-FL) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) joined Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Angus King (ME) in reintroducing the bipartisan Effective Suicide Screening and Assessment in the Emergency Department Act, which would create a voluntary grant program to assist emergency departments in developing protocols for identifying, assessing and treating individuals at risk for suicide.

February 9, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, Congressman Darren Soto (FL-09) joined Representatives Lauren Underwood (IL-14) and Alma Adams (NC-12), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and members of the Black Maternal Health Caucus in a virtual event to unveil a historic legislative package to address the United States’ urgent maternal health crisis. 

February 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—U.S. Representatives Stephanie Murphy, Val Demings, and Darren Soto announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded Orange County more than $2.3 million to help ensure that individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS can access medical care and critical support services. The grant was awarded through HHS’s Ryan White HIV Emergency Relief Program, which provides direct financial assistance to metropolitan areas that have been most severely affected by the HIV epidemic.

December 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Darren Soto (FL-09) voted to pass $900 billion in emergency coronavirus relief included in the omnibus spending bill. 

November 20, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Darren Soto (FL-09) introduced the Helping Adults Protect Immunity Act (HAPI) Act to ensure more Americans can receive necessary vaccines, including any future COVID-19 vaccine, at no out-of-pocket cost.