Issue Position: Providing Quality, Affordable Health Care
Fixing our broken health care system is one of the most important -and difficult- challenges that Congress must solve. Kirsten Gillibrand believes that every American should have access to quality, affordable health care and that this principle can be obtained by increasing competition in the health care system by giving all Americans the ability to buy into a self-sufficient, federal health care plan. The current health care system is hurting our small businesses and workers. Small businesses should receive tax credits for providing health care and working families should also receive tax incentives for electing to purchase health care.
In Congress, Congresswoman Gillibrand has been a vocal advocate for closing the gap in health care coverage. She strongly supported expanding the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) that would insure the 400,000 uninsured children in New York and voted to override the President's veto of that legislation.
In addition, Congresswoman Gillibrand believes that the federal government must partner with hospitals and physicians to implement Health IT initiatives. To prevent medical errors and reduce duplicative services, all Americans should have an Electronic Medical Record and pad-and-paper prescriptions should be replaced with e-prescribing at the pharmacy. In just her first term, Congresswoman Gillibrand helped deliver hundreds of thousands of dollars for area hospitals to help upgrade their systems.