8 times Sherrod stood up for affordable healthcare

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8 times Sherrod stood up for affordable healthcare

The Affordable Care Act—legislation that helped millions of Americans access quality, affordable healthcare—turned eight this year. The law has saved lives and given families all over the country—and right here in Ohio—peace of mind when it comes to getting the care they need at a reasonable cost.

In honor of this milestone, we’re taking a look back at eight of the times Sherrod has taken action to make healthcare more accessible and affordable to as many people as possible:

1. Sherrod voted for the Affordable Care Act

In 2009, Sherrod supported and voted for the Affordable Care Act, which has helped millions of Ohioans get the quality coverage they deserve at a reasonable price. Thanks to the law, more than 5 million Ohioans with pre-existing conditions could no longer be charged more for their care, and 4 million Ohioans benefited from the law’s removal of lifetime limits for health insurance claims. And that’s not all: Largely because of the Affordable Care Act, Ohio’s uninsured rate dropped nearly 50% between 2013 and 2016.

2. Sherrod is a strong advocate for CHIP

As of 2016, more than 220,000 Ohio children have benefitted from CHIP, and Sherrod has led multiple efforts to make sure it keeps going strong. In 2015, he introduced legislation to extend the program for five years, and in 2017, he was one of the leading voices calling for CHIP to be funded again—despite opposition from some members of Congress.

3. Sherrod opposed the GOP’s Affordable Care Act repeal efforts

Sherrod has consistently voted against Republicans’ repeated attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and has spoken up on behalf of the millions of Ohio families benefiting from the law.

4. Sherrod supported Medicaid expansion

Sherrod has been a long-time proponent of Medicaid expansion, and in 2013, Ohio became the 25th state in the country to make it a reality. More than 700,000 Ohioans gained coverage thanks to the expansion, and several enrollees have said they wouldn’t be alive without the care they received as a result.

5. Sherrod worked hard to address the opioid crisis

For too long, Ohioans have suffered the consequences of our country’s opioid epidemic. Sherrod has worked hard to address the crisis, and prevent addiction before it begins. Beyond introducing legislation to implement training for opioid prescribers, so they can better diagnose and treat patients, he’s also urged President Trump to expand opioid treatment options, and has been part of bipartisan efforts to treat infants suffering from prenatal opioid addiction.

6. Sherrod helps lead the fight against breast cancer

Sherrod has been a strong supporter of breast cancer research, education, and prevention. He helped introduce the Accelerating The End Of Breast Cancer Act, which would have recruited thousands of researchers and doctors to find the cure, along with the Breast Cancer Patient Education Act, which helps patients understand all of their options before surgery and treatment.

7. Sherrod pushed for expanded preventative care

Last year, Sherrod introduced legislation to protect seniors from out-of-pocket costs for preventive colonoscopies. He’s also shown his support for provisions of the Affordable Care Act that made preventative care available to more people. Under the law, nearly 3 million Ohioans gained preventive service coverage with no cost-sharing—a big step forward in helping more people access life-saving care.

8. Sherrod expanded healthcare tax credits

Together with Senator Portman, Sherrod proposed legislation to allow seniors to deduct a portion of their healthcare costs from their taxable income. The two have also worked together to introduce several bills and amendments to extend the Health Coverage Tax Credit for trade-affected workers and retirees.