All Americans deserve the right to high-quality, inclusive, and affordable healthcare, regardless of age.
The U.S. is the only developed nation that does not provide full access to healthcare for its citizens. Lack of access to healthcare translates to delays in care, higher costs to the patient and healthcare system as a whole, and increases consumer debt, forcing young people into untenable financial circumstances.
The COVID-19 pandemic has only highlighted the need to fix our nation’s broken healthcare system. Over the course of the pandemic, millions of Americans have lost their employer-provided health insurance due to job loss and uncontrollable situations, and healthcare workers have been left overwhelmed and overworked due to lack of support. It is past time for a functioning system that serves and supports patients and workers.
Healthcare for young people does not only mean affordable insurance coverage, it also means providing access to comprehensive, high-quality mental health, wellness, preventative health, and reproductive health services.
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Where We Stand
AYA supports legislation that:
- Creates a single-payer healthcare system that provides high-quality, inclusive, and affordable healthcare to all Americans.
- Invests in and expands access to affordable mental health services, including crisis prevention, addiction treatment, wellness practices, therapy, and trauma-informed care.
- Invests in and expands access to affordable wellness and preventative health services, including immunizations, wellness checks, primary care, and access to healthy foods and resources.
- Increases access to reproductive health services for young people and empowers young people to reclaim autonomy over reproductive healthcare.
- Prioritizes healthcare access for historically marginalized youth, including Black, brown, and Indigenous, and LGBTQ+ youth.
Legislation AYA Supports
Medicare For All (H.R.1976/S.4204)
Introduced by Reps. Jayapal (D-WA-7) and Dingell (D-MI-12) along with 121 cosponsors, and in the Senate by Sen. Sanders (I-VT) along with 14 cosponsors, this bill would establish a federally-administered single-payer health insurance program to provide comprehensive healthcare to all Americans. This continues to be a top priority for young Americans, as young adults aged 19-34 have the highest uninsured rate of any age group across the U.S.
Preventive Care Awareness Act of 2021 (H.R.7617/S.3098)
A bipartisan bill introduced by Sens. Klobuchar (D-MN), Collins (R-ME), and by Rep. Blunt Rochester (D-DE-At Large) to promote the use of preventive health care services through a federal grant program to states, tribes, territories, and localities, and direct HHS to coordinate an interagency public health education campaign to enhance preventative services such as physicals, mammograms, and other cancer screenings, and routine examinations.
Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Act (H.R. 1803/S.3628)
This is a bipartisan bill introduced by Sens. Rosen (D-NV) and Murkowski (R-AK), both members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. The bill would authorize the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide direct funding assistance to school districts for comprehensive student mental health promotion and suicide prevention efforts. This type of funding assistance from SAMHSA is currently available for colleges and universities, but not for K-12 school districts. This is a top priority for young Americans, as suicide rates have increased significantly among young adults in recent years.
Women’s Health Protection Act (H.R.3755/S.1975)
Introduced by Rep. Chu (D-CA-27) along with 215 house cosponsors, and Sen. Blumenthal (D-CT), along with 47 senate cosponsors, this bill would protect the right to abortion and block any state bans and restrictions on abortion intended to impede or deny access. The bill would ensure people maintain the freedom to make decisions about their own reproductive healthcare, and protect healthcare providers’ ability to provide the full range of reproductive health services, including abortion.
Ensuring Access to Abortion Act of 2022 (H.R. 8297)
Introduced by Representatives Fletcher (TX-07), Strickland (WA-10), and Raskin (MD-08), with 180 cosponsors, the Ensuring Access to Abortion Act protects a person's constitutional right to travel to other states to seek an abortion and further prohibits individual states from restricting those rights.
Freedom to Travel for Health Care Act of 2022 (S. 4505)
Introduced by Senators Cortez Masto (D-NV), Whitehouse (D-RI), and Murray (D-WA), with 36 cosponsors, this bill would protect the constitutional right to travel across states lines to receive abortion care — and protect the providers who care for them. This is a companion bill to H.R. 8297, which has passed the House.
Right to Contraception Act of 2022 (H.R. 8373/ S. 4557)
Introduced by Representatives Manning (NC-06), Williams (GA-05), Craig (MN-02), and Jacobs (CA-53), with 145 cosponsors, and Senators Markey (D-MA), Hirono (D-HI) and Duckworth (D-IL), with 29 cosponsors, the Right to Contraception Act would codify into federal law the decades-long recognized right for Americans to access birth control.