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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

October 10, 2018 Blog Post

On Saturday, October 6, Congressman Darren Soto joined thousdands in the Central Florida community for the Alzheimer's Association's Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. 
 

October 2, 2018 Press Release

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019, which includes provisions introduced by Congressman Darren Soto to continue funding the National Early Child Care Collaboratives (NECCC) Program at $4 million and increases funding for Gulf War illness research under the Defense Health Program by $1 million.

September 26, 2018 In The News

This week, the U.S. House passed U.S. Rep. Darren Soto’s, D-Fla., proposal to help the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other government agencies at the state and local levels. 

September 25, 2018 Press Release

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 1310 the “Strengthening Mosquito Abatement for Safety and Health Act” or SMASH Act, a bill introduced by Congressman Darren Soto to support and expand programs for mosquito-borne and vector-borne disease surveillance and control. The bill was passed as part of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2018.

July 16, 2018 Press Release

Today, Congressman Jimmy Gomez (CA-34), Congresswoman Val Demings (FL-10), and Congressman Darren Soto (FL-9) announced the introduction of H.R. 6315, the Jeanette Acosta Invest in Women’s Health Act of 2018.

July 2, 2018 In The News

The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts. In Osceola County, we have six Federally Qualified Health Centers that accept Medicaid, Medicare, Obamacare, other private insurance, and income-based fee for services starting at $20. 

 

Locations are:

Kissimme

1875 Fortune Rd. 

Kissimme, FL 34744

 

Stadium Place

1501 Bill Beck Blvd. 

May 25, 2018 Press Release

Kissimmee, FL  U.S. Representative Darren Soto announced today the Primary Care Medical Services of Poinciana will receive a $1,945,961 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support the Health Center program in Poinciana, Florida. 

November 27, 2017 Event
Please join U.S. Rep. Darren Soto (FL-09) for a special Q&A about Alzheimer's and Dementia.
November 9, 2017 Event
Please join U.S. Rep. Darren Soto (FL-09) for an information session on open enrollment to purchase or change your health coverage under the Affordable Care Act for 2018.

Learn about financial help and the best insurance plans available to you. REMEMBER: Enroll or renew from November 1 to December 15, 2017!

For more information, please contact Alex Barrio at: alex.barrio@mail.house.gov
October 5, 2017 Event

Join Congressman Darren Soto and his wife Amanda Soto at a Breast Cancer Awareness Workshop at the Robert Guevara Community Center.

There will be a Mammogram Bus providing mammogram information, Doctors Aileen Caceres and Olga Ivanov answering questions, and the opportunity to discuss breast cancer with your Congressman!