Examining Pathways to Universal Health Coverage

Meeting Notes: 
The hearing will convene in room 2154 of the Rayburn House Office Building and over Zoom, which has been approved by the House.
Tuesday, March 29, 2022 - 9:00am
2154 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
Examining Pathways to Universal Health Coverage

Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney's Opening Statement [PDF]

Washington D.C. (March 24, 2022)— On Tuesday, March 29, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. ET, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, will hold a hybrid hearing to evaluate the need for reforms that would expand access to affordable health care by taking significant strides toward universal coverage—including proposals to establish a national, single-payer health insurance program, such as Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s Medicare for All Act.


Historically marginalized communities in the United States—including people of colorpeople with disabilitiesmembers of the LGBTQ+ community, people in rural communities, and people with less income—are uninsured and underinsured at disproportionate rates.


Congressional Democrats have enacted sweeping policies like the Affordable Care Act and the American Rescue Plan, which expanded access to affordable health care coverage to millions of people in the United States, and continue to champion policies that will build upon this progress—including by guaranteeing access to public coverage to every person in the United States.


This hearing will assess how uninsurance and underinsurance negatively impacts health outcomes and examine how moving toward universal coverage could advance health equity in the United States.  The hearing will also evaluate reforms that would expand access to affordable health care and move our nation toward universal coverage, including the Medicare for All Act.


Panel I

Christopher Willcox, MSW

St. Louis, Missouri

Leslie Templeton

Boston, Massachusetts

Bishop Walter Starghill, Jr.

Detroit, Michigan

Nicole Lyons

New York City, New York


Chris Briggs (Minority Witness)

Woodburn, Virginia


Panel II

Ady Barkan, JD
Founder, Be a Hero 


Uché Blackstock, MD
Emergency Physician
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Advancing Health Equity 


Sara R. Collins, PhD
Vice President of Health Coverage and Access, The Commonwealth Fund 


Jamila Michener, PhD
Associate Professor, Cornell University Department of Government
Co-Director, Cornell University Center for Health Equity 


Jeffrey D. Sachs, PhD
Director, Columbia University Center for Sustainable Development
President, United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network 

Grace-Marie Turner (Minority Witness)
Galen Institute

117th Congress