Working for Health

The foundation of good health is a clean environment. From there, we must also invest in public health, robust medical research and a health care system that provides access and coverage to every individual. Exploring new cures for disease at the NIH and strengthening the Affordable Care Act are examples of key steps we can take to improve the health of all Americans.

Sarbanes Authored

  • Co-Prescribing to Reduce Overdoses Act (H.R. 3680) (Became Law 2016 as part of Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act)

    • Bipartisan legislation that will encourage co-prescribing of life-saving naloxone to individuals who are at an elevated risk of overdose. Endorsed by the AMA, the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Academy of Family Physicians.
  • Primary Care Physician Reentry Act (H.R. 5489)

    • Encourages mid-career and retiring physicians to return to practice as a way of addressing the shortage of primary care physicians.

Sarbanes Co-Sponsored

  • Medicare for All Act (H.R. 1384)

    • Would improve and expand Medicare so that every person living in the United States has guaranteed access to healthcare with comprehensive benefits.
  • 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6) (Passed in the House of Reps. 2015)

    • Would increase biomedical research and accelerate the approval process for new medical devices and prescription drugs, giving patients more access to lifesaving treatments.
  • Women's Health Protection Act of 2015 (H.R. 448)

    • Would prohibit states from imposing restrictions on abortion that apply to no similar medical care, interfere with patient’s personal decision making, and block access to safe, legal abortion care.
  • Healthy Families Act (H.R. 932) and Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (H.R. 1439)

    • Would allow workers to earn paid sick leave and would establish a national paid family and medical leave insurance program so workers no longer have to choose between a paycheck and caring for themselves or a family member.

Sarbanes Voted

  • FOR The Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) (Became Law 2010)

    • Landmark reform of U.S health care system passed in 2010, which has reduced the percentage of uninsured Americans to its lowest level in history.
  • FOR Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 2646) (Passed House of Reps. 2016)

    • Expands access to critical mental health services, such as suicide prevention and community crisis response systems, strengthens mental health parity requirements, and enhances coordination among federal agencies.
  • FOR Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2) (Became Law 2015)

    • Strengthens Medicare, extends children’s health coverage and improves the quality and affordability of health care nationwide.
  • FOR Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) (Became Law 2016)

    • Initiates efforts to address the national epidemic of opioid and heroin addiction by supporting education, treatment and recovery programs in local communities and reframing the issue of addiction as one of public health rather than criminal enforcement.

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 Congressman John Sarbanes has been endorsed by The National Association of Social Workers and has received a 100% score from Planned Parenthood.