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 Act
The Medicare for All Bill, introduced by Rep. Jayapal (D-WA) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in 2021, would guarantee healthcare to everyone in America as a human right, including primary care, vision, dental, prescription drugs, mental health, substance abuse, long-term services and supports, reproductive healthcare, and more. The legislation would streamline the healthcare system to negotiate drug prices and reduce administrative waste.
Fair Accountability and Innovative Research (FAIR) Drug Pricing Act
This bipartisan legislation introduced by Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Mike Braun (R-IN), Tina Smith (D-MN) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) provides needed price transparency on planned drug price increases by drug manufacturers. For each price increase, manufacturers will be required to provide a justification.
The Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act
Introduced in 2021 by Senators Schatz, Wicker, Cochran, Cardin, Thune, and Warner and Representatives Black, Welch, and Harper, the CONNECT for Health Act would expand the use of telehealth and remote services in Medicare.