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Healthcare

Elise has worked to reform healthcare with common sense solutions to lower costs, improve quality and increase accessibility for North Country families. This includes protecting those with pre-existing conditions; allowing families and businesses to shop for insurance across state lines; pursuing real tort reform; fighting the waste, fraud, and abuse that costs our healthcare system billions each year; and allowing individuals and families to purchase insurance on the same tax-advantaged basis as businesses.
Elise was recently awarded as a Congressional Champion of Family Medicine by the New York State Academy of Family Physicians for her work in Congress supporting family medicine and primary care and expanding healthcare access for North Country families.

Elise recently worked across the aisle with her colleagues in the House and the Senate to introduce bipartisan, bicameral legislation to support families during the first year of their child’s life. This bill provides families with resources to pay for leave and to cover the cost of daycare, baby supplies and other expenses associated with a new child. She has a consistently strong record of bipartisanship on healthcare, including writing the largest fix to Obamacare last Congress that was signed into law by President Obama: the repeal of the auto-enrollment mandate.

Elise introduced the Community Health Investment, Modernization and Excellence (CHIME) Act of 2017 to extend the Community Health Centers Fund for five years. In New York’s 21st district, federally qualified Community Health Centers like Hudson Headwaters, North Country Family Health and the Community Health Center of the North Country provide over 95,000 people in the North Country with critical healthcare and preventative services. The overwhelming bipartisan support for CHIME was critical in passing legislation in the House to extend the Community Health Center Fund for two years.

Elise is also a strong advocate for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that supports over 21,000 children in our district. She has consistently voted to reauthorize this bipartisan program.
Elise is a supporter of the 340b prescription drug program that is used by constituents and hospitals across our district. She also helped to pass H.R. 1955, the Rural Hospital Access Act – bipartisan legislation to ensure that funding is secured on a permanent basis for Medicare Dependent and Low-Volume hospitals, an important issue for rural hospitals in our region.

She is also a member of the Bipartisan Opioid Task Force, supporting an agenda of legislation aimed at solving the drug epidemic facing many North Country families. She has supported legislation that would deal with the four corners of addiction––prevention, treatment, recovery and law enforcement––and co-sponsored the Community Action Opioid Response Act which aims to grant money directly to our community leaders fighting this battle.

In 2016, Elise helped pass the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act – bipartisan legislation she cosponsored to reform the federal mental health system. This legislation was signed into law and is helping thousands of families across the country.
Elise is committed to continuing to work with her colleagues on bipartisan legislation to build a healthcare system that lowers costs, improves quality and increases access for North Country families.
While in Congress, Elise has kept her promises to New York’s 21st District by taking the following actions:

Legislation introduced by Congresswoman Stefanik:
H.R.3112 – Be Open Act – Legislation to repeal the auto-enrollment mandate, signed into law November 2015
H.R. 284 – Advancing Medical Resident Training in Community Hospitals Act
H.R. 3770 – Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence Act

Legislation cosponsored by Congresswoman Stefanik:
H.R. 2774 – Primary Care Patient Protection Act of 2019
H.R. 2815 – Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act of 2019
H.R. 2700 – Lowering Prescription Drug Costs and Extending Community Health Centers and Other Public Health Priorities Act
H.R. 2552 – Protecting Local Access to Care for Everyone Act of 2019
H.R. 2482 – Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment Act of 2019
H.R. 2439 – Opioid Workforce Act of 2019
H.R. 2207 – Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2019
H.R. 173 – Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act
H.R. 184 – Protect Medical Innovation Act
H.R. 246 – to repeal the annual fee on health insurance providers enacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
H.R. 548 – Health Care Safety Net Enhancement Act
H.R. 592 – Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act
H.R. 664 – Stem the Tide of Overdose Prevalence from Opiate Drugs Act
H.R. 820 – Childhood Cancer STAR Act
H.R. 849 – Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act
H.R. 1101 – Small Business Health Fairness Act
H.R. 1121 – Pre-existing Conditions Protection Act
H.R. 1204 – Responsible Additions and Increases to Sustain Employee Health Benefits Act
H.R. 1304 – Self-Insurance Protection Act
H.R. 1316 – Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act
H.R. 1421 – Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act
H.R. 1825 – Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act
H.R. 1955 – Rural Hospital Access Act
H.R. 3032 – Mental Health Access Improvement Act
H.R. 3692 – Addiction Treatment Access Improvement Act
H.R. 3926 – Community CARE Act
H.R. 3976 – to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to allow for certain third party payments


Elise tours the Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg to hear about the unique challenges that rural community hospitals face.

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