Chair Maloney and Rep. Bush Announce Hearing on Pathways to Universal Health Coverage

Mar 24, 2022
Press Release
Chair Maloney and Rep. Bush Joined by Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib, and Pressley in Convening Hearing with Patients and Experts


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 color, people with disabilities, members 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.

 

WHAT:  

 

Full Committee hearing entitled, “Examining Pathways to Universal Health Coverage”

 

WHEN:

Tuesday, March 29, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. ET
 

WHO:    

 

Panel I

Christopher Wilcox, MSW.

St. Louis, Missouri

 

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

 

Additional witnesses to be announced

 

WATCH:

A livestream will be available on YouTube and the Committee on Oversight and Reform website.

 

MEDIA:

  

The Committee strongly recommends that members of the media view the hearing proceedings remotely.  Seating in the hearing room is extremely limited and as a result, credentialed media must RSVP to the Oversight Committee Democrats Press Office at  oversightpress@mail.house.gov no later than 5 p.m. ET on March 28, 2022.

 

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Issues: 
117th Congress