Jared believes that all Americans should have access to high-quality, affordable health care. It is unacceptable that a country that spends more on health care than any other cannot provide affordable medical care for all its citizens. Jared is committed to promoting cutting-edge medical research, investing in innovative technologies, and enacting public policies that will enable Americans throughout the country to access better health care at a lower cost.
For more information about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, please visit www.HealthCare.gov.Children’s Health Care
Keeping kids healthy is one Jared' top priorities. One of his first votes in Congress was to pass the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) Reauthorization of 2009. Jared proudly led the bill’s debate on the floor of the House, urging his colleagues to expand health coverage to more American children—52,867 of whom live in Colorado. In 2015 he proudly voted in favor of H.R.2, which averted a potentially devastating financing cliff and ensured the sustainability of this vital program.
Jared also supports investing federal resources in the development of new cures and treatment mechanisms to help kids who are suffering from illness get better and live healthy lives. We have no greater responsibility than to care for our nation’s sick kids. We are moving in the right direction, but there is much more to be done.
Technology and Innovation
Medical technology has made great strides in the past few decades, but we have also been forced to confront new challenges. Jared continues to call for strong funding levels for critical research institutions such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For every new vaccine or treatment that science produces, new diseases are discovered. One of the most promising innovations of our time comes from the results of embryonic stem cell research. Jared supports a dramatic expansion in federal funding for this research. More than 100 million Americans suffer from conditions that could be treated by the appropriate application of these new discoveries. This is a public health priority that can no longer take a back seat to partisan bickering. Jared favors federal funding for responsible and ethical research on new lines of stem cells, which would otherwise be destroyed.
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.