Virginia
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Daniel MacArthur Gade
Mark R. Warner

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Sen. Warner worked with a bi-partisan group of his colleagues on the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance to pass the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017. This bill aims to improve health outcomes for those on Medicare who are living with chronic conditions, and modernizes Medicare benefits to better meet the needs of today’s seniors. Sen. Warner also fought to expand Medicare and Medicaid coverage as part of the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, to ensure that everyone was adequately cared for through the coronavirus pandemic.

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Sen. Warner is committed to making sure that every Virginian has access to adequate medical care, and is focused on making sure that health care systems are in place in our rural communities in particular. In 2013, Wellmont Health System announced they would close Lee County’s only hospital. Since then, Sen. Warner worked with Lee County residents, stakeholders, local government leaders fighting to re-open the hospital.  In 2018, the Lee County Hospital reopened it’s urgent care center, and the hospital is expected to fully reopen in 2020.

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As a senior member of the Senate finance committee, Sen. Warner has been on the front lines of the fight to reduce prescription drug prices. He is a proud supporter of the bi-partisan Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act (PDPRA), which includes his proposal to allow Medicaid to pay for drugs on a value system based on effectiveness, not on profit margins for pharmaceutical companies. Sen. Warner has also long supported allowing Medicare to negotiate the price of drugs directly with the pharmaceutical industry.

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In the Senate, Senator Warner has defended protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions — he opposed repealing the Affordable Care Act because doing so would have cost 22 million Americans their healthcare. When the Trump administration started allowing the sale of junk health plans that put Americans at risk, Sen. Warner led the opposition, and forced Mitch McConnell and the Republican Senate to vote on whether Americans’ insurance should cover pre-existing conditions. In 2019, Sen. Warner introduced the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act to prevent the promotion of “junk” health care plans that would increase costs for millions of consumers and lack adequate protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

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