Health Care

Alex is working to guarantee quality, affordable, and equitable health care for every American. No family should face bankruptcy because of an illness or have to choose between making rent and paying for medication. In the Senate, Alex has prioritized addressing the systemic disparities that affect health care access. He is proud to support Medicare for All and is a champion for increased access to mental health care.

Alex was also a strong supporter of the Inflation Reduction Act, a historic agreement that extended Affordable Care Act premium subsidies and capped out-of-pocket prescription drug costs and insulin costs for millions of Californians on Medicare. As part of the American Rescue Plan Act, Alex worked to ensure that relief was distributed equitably in the state and secured nearly $1 billion for 175 community health centers in California to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines, provide ongoing testing and treatment, and ensure vulnerable communities had access to the care they needed during the pandemic.

Recent News

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), as well as Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.-06) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.-12), applauded the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) efforts...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), co-founder of the bipartisan Senate Mental Health Caucus, Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) led Senators in calling on the Biden Administration to finalize the proposed mental health parity rule released...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, at the start of Mental Health Awareness Month, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and Representative Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.-29) introduced the Pediatric Access to Critical Healthcare (PATCH) Act to support and bolster vital pediatric health care infrastructure. As children’s hospitals struggle to...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), as well as Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.-06) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.-12), applauded the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) efforts...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), co-founder of the bipartisan Senate Mental Health Caucus, Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) led Senators in calling on the Biden Administration to finalize the proposed mental health parity rule released...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, at the start of Mental Health Awareness Month, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and Representative Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.-29) introduced the Pediatric Access to Critical Healthcare (PATCH) Act to support and bolster vital pediatric health care infrastructure. As children’s hospitals struggle to...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) announced the Equal Health Care for All Act, bicameral legislation that would make equal access to medical care a protected civil right to help address the racial inequities and...
FY 24 Appropriations Package Passes Senate with Over $30 Million for 27 Community Projects Across California WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) announced that he secured over $30 million for 27 community projects across California in the...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), co-founders of the bipartisan Senate Mental Health Caucus, Representative Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.-29), co-chair of the bipartisan House 988 & Crisis Services Task Force, and U.S. Secretary of Health and...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) announced that he secured over $286 million for 171 community projects across California and provisions to improve emergency evacuation route planning, streamline veterans’ access to housing vouchers, expand collaboration between the...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.) introduced the Health Accelerating Consumers’ Care by Expediting Self-Scheduling (ACCESS) Act to modernize health care and improve patients’ access to care. The bipartisan legislation improves digital health services by allowing patients to easily search...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) applauded the announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that California was selected to participate in a new federal...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), a Commissioner of the bipartisan U.S. National Security Commission on Emerging Biotechnology, announced that the commission has issued its first round of findings and recommendations for policymakers in a report outlining the...
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