Healthcare & Combating the Drug Epidemic

Making healthcare more affordable and accessible

Max will always fight cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, which our seniors and people with disabilities rely on. As a former healthcare executive who ran non-profit community health centers in our district, Max understands what it takes to reform our healthcare system to make it more affordable and more accessible. In Congress, he is working with both Republicans and Democrats to move bipartisan ideas that will lower costs and moves us towards universal coverage, while moving beyond the poisonous debates we’ve been having for the past ten years. Max supports creating a public healthcare option so that no county has just one insurer and lowering the age of Medicare eligibility to 55. The healthy competition this will create will drive down costs while boosting quality. Max has cosponsored bills to allow Americans to buy into Medicare.

He’s also working to ensure that patients can afford to access the life-saving medications they need and isn’t afraid to take on pharmaceutical corporations to do it. When corporations like Mylan jack up the price of an EpiPen by 400% without a thought—or consequence—there is something seriously wrong.

Max’s bill, the More Help for Seniors Act, passed the House as part of comprehensive drug pricing reform legislation that would have Medicare finally start negotiating the cost of prescription drugs. Max’s bill would take some of the savings from negotiation and use them to lower costs for seniors even more. The comprehensive bill, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, was historic legislation that lowers drug prices for all Americans, creates a new out-of-pocket limit on prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries, reinvests savings so that we can create new breakthrough treatments and cures, and provide $10 billion in funding to combat the opioid epidemic.

Max also helped pass the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act to lower health costs and improve accessibility for all Americans. The bill significantly increases the Affordable Care Act’s affordability subsidies to be more generous and cover more middle-class families. For the first time, no person will have to pay more than 8.5 percent of their income for a quality plan in the healthcare marketplace, and many Americans will see their premiums cut in half or more:

  • A family of four earning $40,000 would save nearly $1,600 in premiums each year.
  • A 64-year-old earning $57,420 would save more than $8,700 in premiums each year.
  • A single adult with income of $31,900 would see premiums cut in half.
  • An adult earning $19,140 would see premiums cut to zero, saving $800 dollars a year.

 

Max will protect public health through continued funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides much-needed health services to so many communities. He will fight any effort to restrict a woman’s right to choose.

Taking on the opioid crisis and getting results

One of Max’s top priorities is combating the opioid epidemic that has hit our community so hard. Max’s bipartisan bill, the Fentanyl Sanctions Act, passed both the House and Senate and was signed into law by the president as part of National Defense Authorization Act. It imposes sanctions on drug manufactures in China and other nations who produce illicit opioids for traffickers, and on transnational criminal organizations like those in Mexico who traffic fentanyl into the U.S. and as well as on financial institutions that assist them.

Max delivered again for our community when he secured $140 million dollars in increased funding for opioid prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts following his bipartisan push. Now he’s cutting red tape to get a state-of-the-art lab at JFK airport to better screen packages for drugs – a critical next step.

As Chief of Staff at Brightpoint Health, Max helped working people get healthcare they could afford. He knows firsthand how underserved our community is when it comes to these vital services, and has taken active steps to address this issue, including helping bring a medical clinic and drug recovery center to the Island. The opioid crisis has hit our community hard, and Max has been a leader in doing whatever it takes to save lives and get patients who are struggling with addiction the care so they need return to a productive life. He’s focused expanding access to treatment and renewing our focus on prevention.