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. — 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...
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...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) joined Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), and 39 other lawmakers in introducing a resolution in support of equitable, science-based policies governing access to medication abortion. Their resolution follows the Supreme Court’s announcement that...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) released the following statement after the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2024, which includes several bipartisan amendments he authored, including to expedite the transfer of critical firefighting aircraft to the State...
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, introduced legislation to improve and expedite access to the 9-8-8 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. The Local 9-8-8 Response Act...
LOS ANGELES, CA — Ahead of Veterans Day, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) joined local veterans and leadership at the Sepulveda VA Ambulatory Care Center for a roundtable discussion on mental health and a walk-and-talk tour of the facility. His visit...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced legislation to help people experiencing homelessness and behavioral health issues, including substance use disorder, receive coordinated support services. Specifically, the Homelessness and Behavioral Health Care...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) announced the launch of their bipartisan Senate Mental Health Caucus. Daniel Gillison, Jr., Chief Executive Officer of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Laurel...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the Housing Alignment and Coordination of Critical and Effective Supportive Health Services (ACCESS) Act, legislation focused on addressing the intersecting crises of homelessness, mental health, and...
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