Healthcare Reform

Aug 10, 2009

Dear Friends,

I always look forward to August recess. It is a time for me to be home and enjoy the last of the summer in Rhode Island. Recess is also the perfect time to hear from my constituents, especially in these times of financial uncertainty. I am sure many of you are following the debate surrounding health care reform. The time to fix our nation's health care system is now, and I am a long time supporter of achieving comprehensive reform. Change this big does not come easily, or without thoughtful debate.

I value hearing your stories, comments and concerns on this (and any other) issues. I hope you may be able to find the time to join me at the community meetings I am hosting this month.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Warwick Police Station Community Room

Thursday, September 3, 2009
4:30 p.m. -  6 p.m.
Band Stand in Wilcox Park (inclement weather Westerly Library)

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Langevin speaks with health care providers about health care reform at Kent Hospital in Warwick.
Langevin speaks with health care providers about health care reform at Kent Hospital in Warwick.

In this issue:

WHAT IS IN THE HEALTH CARE BILL FOR ME?

LOWER COSTS
No more co-pays or deductibles for preventive care
An end to rate increases for pre-existing conditions, gender, or occupation
An annual cap on your out-of-pocket expenses
Lower costs for individual health plans
Guaranteed, affordable dental, hearing, and vision care for your kids

GREATER CHOICE AND ACCESS
Keep your doctor, and your current plan, if you like them
More choice, with a high quality public health insurance option competing with private insurers
You and your doctors make health care decisions - not insurance companies
More family doctors and nurses will enter the workforce, helping guarantee access
Mental health care must be covered

STABILITY & PEACE OF MIND
No more coverage denials for pre-existing conditions
No more lifetime limits on how much insurance companies will pay
No reason to ever make a job or life decision again because of health insurance constraints

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Langevin recently visited Warwick Ice Cream. Among the company's top concerns was the opportunity to restore affordable health care benefits for employees.
Langevin recently visited Warwick Ice Cream. Among the company's top concerns was the opportunity to restore affordable health care benefits for employees.

ENDING THE RECESSION MEANS SOLVING THE HEALTH CARE CRISIS
These two issues go hand-in-hand. Solving our nation's health care crisis is a big component to restoring financial security to Americans and fiscal stability to our nation. Health care reform is a critical part of our economic recovery. If we don't act now, skyrocketing health care costs will only get worse - threatening the budgets of families, businesses, and the nation.   In the last ten years, premiums have risen three times faster than wages. U.S. businesses, which pay more than twice as much for health care than their foreign competitors, are being forced to choose between covering their employees at a competitive disadvantage or laying them off. Further, as the fastest growing segment of our federal budget, health care costs are hitting taxpayers hard and putting our nation deeper into debt. The cost of inaction is too great. The time to act is now.
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Thank you for your continued interest and support. Please do not hesitate to contact me about your priorities and concerns as the 111th Congress continues.

Sincerely,

Jim Langevin