Health

As a two-time cancer survivor and father of two kids with Crohn’s disease, I know that health care is a human right—not a privilege for those who can afford it.

Right now, we live in a country where pharmaceutical companies make billions in profits while working people have to crowd-sourc funding to cover their health care costs. And, despite all the money we’re spending, Americans still have worse health outcomes compared to other countries. It doesn’t have to be this way.

We have the means to streamline our bloated, cumbersome health care system by expanding Medicare—a program that already works—to cover every American. This is the surest way to guarantee health care for all while strengthening protections for people with pre-existing conditions and lowering inhumane and unsustainable prescription drug costs. That is why I am an original cosponsor of the Medicare for All Act.

At the same time, until we build the political consensus to achieve that big picture change, we have to defend and expand the Affordable Care Act to protect people with pre-existing conditions and lower drug costs. That’s why I introduced the STOP GAMES Act, which would prevent drug companies from gaming the system and ultimately help cheaper, generic drugs come to market faster.

We must also treat our nation’s gun violence epidemic like the public health crisis that it is. After the Sandy Hook school shooting, we said never again. After the Orlando nightclub shooting, we said never again. After the Parkland, FL shooting, we said never again. Thoughts and prayers are no longer—and have never been—enough.

It is past time for our country to enact gun safety laws that will save lives and end the horrors of gun violence. As a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, I promise to make good on our word when we say, “never again.” Sensible gun safety laws like universal background checks, banning assault weapons and undetectable firearms, and stopping online ammunition sales will prevent gun violence and protect our loved ones. 

 

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March 25, 2020 Page

This is a page will be updated regularly with resources and news about the coronavirus.

RESOURCES

Health Departments

Macomb County Health Department COVID-19 helpline: 586-463-3750

Oakland County Nurse-on-call: 800-848-5533

General Assistance (Food, Housing, etc. )

Oakland County Help Hotline: 248-858-1000

Oakland County COVID-19 Information: https://www.oakgov.com/covid/Pages/default.aspx

March 23, 2020 Press Release

Seven House Democrats and seven House Republicans, led by Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), today introduced a resolution urging the president to make quick and effective use of the Defense Production Act to respond to COVID-19 and meet the critical supply needs of the health care system to save American lives during the greatest public health crisis in a century.

March 23, 2020 Press Release

Following Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s announcement that she is issuing a “Stay at Home” order for the state of Michigan, Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) made the following statement:

March 20, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin, vice chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, today sent a bipartisan letter to Congressional leaders signed by 36 House members requesting additional support for libraries in future COVID-19 relief packages.

A section of the letter reads:

March 18, 2020 Press Release

Following President Trump’s announcement that he will exercise his authority under the Defense Production Act, Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) made the following statement:

“Invoking the Defense Production Act of 1950 was a great step, and I thank the president. It is essential that the president make urgent use of all authorities granted to him by the Act to direct the domestic production of supplies needed to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 14, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin, vice chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, today voted to pass the bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act to safeguard American families against the health and financial impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

March 13, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) today wrote a letter signed by 56 of his House colleagues urging President Trump to use his authority under the Defense Production Act of 1950 for the production of vital medical supplies to meet the extreme demand during the coronavirus pandemic.

A section of the letter reads:

March 12, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), vice chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, this week joined colleagues to introduce two pieces of legislation to aggressively support the coronavirus, or COVID-19, response effort and protect working people.

March 4, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin today voted to appropriate $8.3 billion to fund a coordinated, nationwide response to the coronavirus, or COVID-19.

February 28, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) today voted to pass comprehensive legislation to address the youth tobacco epidemic.

“Today, the House passed a bill that has potential to save a generation from nicotine addiction,” Rep. Andy Levin said. “H.R. 2339 takes a comprehensive approach to prevent addiction at a time when kids are using cigarettes and e-cigarettes at alarming rates. For healthier families in Macomb and Oakland Counties, this legislation is a necessary step.”