U.S. Representative Jared Polis

Health Care

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Jared believes that all Americans should have access to high-quality, affordable health care. He is committed to promoting cutting-edge medical research, investing in innovative technologies, protecting our social safety net, and enacting policies that enable Americans throughout the country to access higher quality health services at a lower cost. 

Technology and Innovation

Jared supports robust funding levels for medical research, including institutions such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 21st Century Cures, which Jared cosponsored and passed into law with his vote, is an example of comprehensive legislation that will invest in this objective—fully funding the National Institutes of Health (NIH), supporting the Obama Administration’s cancer “moonshot”, and developing the innovation pipeline to bring new treatments and drug therapies to market.

Medicare

Jared views Medicare as an indispensable social safety net. Approximately 50 million Americans receive coverage through the program each year, including nearly 700,000 Colorado seniors. In 2015, Jared voted to prevent a potentially devastating spike in Medicare Part B premiums, helping approximately 17 million people avert a 53% increase for their 2016 rates. Jared is committed to ensuring the long-term sustainability of the program for future generations, and will oppose any legislation that undermines the opportunity for our seniors to maintain a healthy and productive standard of living after they retire.

Affordable Care Act

In 2010, Jared voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and continues to be a strong supporter of the law. He believes we must fight to protect coverage for the 22 million Americans are insured for the first time under the ACA, particularly young people and those with preexisting conditions.  No law is perfect, and Jared is a tireless advocate for commonsense fixes such as price transparency, the inclusion of a public insurance option, and repeal of the medical device tax. In addition, Jared is an active participant in discussions about the high cost of health care in Colorado’s rural and mountain communities, and in October 2016, sent a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services encouraging the issuance of specific guidance on how states can innovative on insurance pricing within the framework of the ACA.

To find out more about how the Affordable Care Act will impact you:

For more information about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, please visit www.HealthCare.gov.

Office Contact: For more information or questions about health care issues, please contact Camilla Vogt in the Washington office. You can also visit Congressman Polis' Legislation Page or find information on bills and amendments that he’s cosponsored in Congress.
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    May 17, 2017

    Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Reps. Jared Polis, D-Colo., and Paul Mitchell, R-Mich., introduced the College Transparency Act of 2017 (H.R. 2434) to enable students and families to make more informed choices about education after high school. The Co...

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