Health

Congresswoman Maloney understands that the health of her constituents and all American citizens has to be prioritized for the country to grow and thrive.

Affordable Care Act and Health Care: All American citizens deserve to have access to good and affordable health care. Thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, millions more Americans are able to secure affordable, quality and accessible health care. Signed into law in 2010, Americans of all ages are already seeing expanded health insurance coverage and cost savings. Congresswoman Maloney is a proud supporter of this historic law that makes for a healthier America and strengthens the country’s economic security. Read more.

Funding for the National Institutes of Health: The National Institutes of Health is responsible for cutting edge research to develop novel, innovative, and ground-breaking medicine and technology that can cure diseases like Parkinson’s, spinal cord injuries and organ failure. Congresswoman Maloney is a strong supporter of federal funding for NIH research to allow researchers at NIH to continue their life-saving work.

Parkinson’s Disease: Parkinson’s disease is one of the many diseases Congresswoman Maloney hopes will reap the benefits of federally funded medical research. The Congresswoman has worked hard to combat Parkinson’s disease by fighting for federal funding to support research on the disease, as well as by increasing public awareness about the challenges faced by millions of Americans suffering from Parkinson’s. Read More.

Breast Cancer Awareness: Congresswoman Maloney teamed up with Congressman Pete Sessions (TX-32) and Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) to enact the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act, which was signed by President Obama on April 29, 2016. The bill establishes a commemorative coin program at the U.S. Mint  that has the potential to raise an estimated $8.5 million in private funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the highest rated breast cancer organization in the U.S. Coins will be available for purchase in 2018. 

Skin Cancer Prevention: In 2007, Congresswoman Maloney introduced the Tanning Accountability and Notification (TAN) Act, which required the Food and Drug Administration to determine whether the current labeling of indoor tanning beds provides sufficient information about the risks associated with indoor tanning. Read more.

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More on Health

Jan 13, 2009 Press Release
New York, NY – Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) announced this afternoon that the National Children’s Study will begin enrolling 1,000 Queens children today in what will be the nation’s largest-ever study of children’s health.  The Queens study will be led by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, whose doctors are national leaders in the field of environmental medicine.

Sep 25, 2008 Press Release
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WASHINGTON, DC – “The Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2008” (H.R. 5057), legislation that would extend an important federal DNA backlog processing program through FY 2014, passed the Senate today by unanimous consent.  The bill is named for a rape survivor who testified before Congress about the use of DNA evidence.  Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) introduced the bill, and House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) and House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Lamar Smith (R-TX) are original co-sponsors.

Aug 26, 2008 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairman and Vice-Chair of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) released statements in reaction to today’s troubling new data from the U.S. Census Bureau on household incomes, health care coverage, and poverty.  While wages have risen slightly from 2006 to 2007 and fewer families are without health insurance coverage, over 30 million Americans are still living in poverty.  More importantly, in the last seven years, the vast majority of Americans’ incomes are down, more families are going without health insurance, and millions more are living in poverty. 

Jul 30, 2008 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) applauded the passage yesterday of the Consumer Product Safety Modernization Act, a landmark bill to improve toy safety.  The bill, which passed the House by a vote of 424 to 1, will help finally eliminate lead from toys, ban other dangerous substances in toys and child care products, and gives the Consumer Product Safety Commission more resources and personnel to make sure that toys are safe for America’s kids.
Jul 30, 2008 Press Release
WASHINGTON , DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) submitted the following testimony today for a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing on the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2008 (H.R. 6594):
Jul 23, 2008 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, New York Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler, Vito Fossella, Peter King, Charles Rangel, Eliot Engel, Edolphus Towns, and Anthony Weiner introduced an updated version of their bipartisan 9/11 Health and Compensation ActThe new bill (H.R. 6594) will provide medical monitoring to those exposed to the toxic aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks, and treatment and compensation to those who are sick or injured as a result.  Generally, the updates to the bill would help reduce the cost of providing 9/11-related health care and compensation.  Click here for a summary of the changes.

Jun 23, 2008 Press Release

Washington, DC – Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler, Vito Fossella, and Peter King today announced that the proposed Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS) Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2009 will contain $108 million in federal funding to provide health care to first responders, local residents, area workers, students, and others who were exposed to environmental hazards released as a result of the 9/11 attacks.

Jun 3, 2008 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) joined actors, activists, and parents Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey as well as hundreds of people from all across the country for the “Green Our Vaccines Rally” on the National Mall today.  Rep. Maloney has led efforts on Capitol Hill to address concerns surrounding vaccine safety and the link between vaccines and autism. 

May 19, 2008 Press Release

New York, NY – Today, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler, Vito Fossella, and Edolphus Towns said that a new study by Mount Sinai School of Medicine showing high rates of psychological distress among World Trade Center responders underscores the need for a strong federal response to the health impacts of the 9/11 attacks.  Of the more than 10,000 workers who participated in the Mount Sinai study (click here for a full copy of the report), 11% met criteria for probable Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); 8.8% had probable depression; 5.0% had probable panic disorder; and 62% had substantial stress reaction.  According to Mount Sinai, the rate of PTSD among 9/11 responders is significantly greater than in the general population and is on par with the rate experienced by veterans of the war in Afghanistan.

May 8, 2008 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, 10 bipartisan New York Members of Congress sharply rebuked a new report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the status of the federal government’s response to the health impacts of the 9/11 attacks.  HHS’s report (click here for a full copy), which was requested by Congress in the FY 2008 federal Labor-HHS appropriations bill, revealed that the Bush Administration has no plans to spend congressionally-approved funding to treat and monitor lower Manhattan residents, area workers, students and others who were exposed to the toxic aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.  In addition, HHS failed to provide, again as requested by Congress, a “long-term, comprehensive federal plan for monitoring, screening, analysis and medical treatment for all individuals who were exposed to the toxins at the World Trade Center site.”

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