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The United States has one of the best health care systems in the world.  Our nation is a leader in the research and development of newer and more effective treatments and cures for a host of medical conditions that not only extend, but improve the quality of life for patients.  In fact, some of these new treatments have their origins right here in Illinois.

However, despite these virtues, far too many Americans have trouble affording and accessing quality care.  Others struggle with escalating health insurance premiums and other costs that impose economic hardships they cannot afford. 

Unfortunately, Obamacare failed to address these challenges, and in many ways made them worse.  For example:

  1. Obamacare imposes substantial new taxes and other government dictates on American workers and small businesses which hurts affordability and job creation;

  2. Obamacare empowers a board of unelected bureaucrats to make healthcare decisions best left to patients and doctors;

  3. Obamacare has caused millions of Americans to lose their health insurance plans and then forced them to buy policies that cost more and do less;

  4. Obamacare cuts $700 billion in funding for Medicare, jeopardizing care for seniors while adding hundreds of billions of dollars to the deficit and debt, among other problems.

This is why I will continue to support policies to repeal Obamacare and replace it with fiscally-responsible patient-centric reforms that help reduce costs without sacrificing access to care.

My Efforts to Improve Southern Illinois Health Care

  1. Voted to repeal Obamacare

  2. Cosponsored and Voted for legislation to eliminate Obamacare’s unelected board of bureaucrats and strip their power to determine how physicians care for seniors;

  3. Cosponsored and Voted for the 21st Century Cures Act to increase federal investments in disease research and streamline the regulatory process for approving newer and more effective medical treatments and devices;

  4. Cosponsored and Voted for legislation to Eliminate Obamacare’s Tax on life saving and improving medical devices

  5. Cosponsored and Voted for legislation to repeal Obamacare’s job killing mandate on small business;

  6. Voted for Legislation Fixing Medicare’s flawed physician payment system to protect senior’s access to physicians;

  7. Cosponsored legislation to eliminate burdensome bureaucratic red tape on small, rural hospitals

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More on Health Care

August 27, 2020 Press Release

CARBONDALE, IL — U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a series of grants totaling over $960,000 to health centers across Southern Illinois through their Health Center Cluster funding program. These discretionary funds will be used to combat the spread of COVID-19.

May 8, 2020 Press Release

CARBONDALE, IL – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded over $3.6 million to five Southern Illinois health centers to purchase and provide testing for COVID-19.

April 8, 2020 Press Release

O’FALLON, IL - U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) announced today that five health centers in Southern Illinois have received over $6.2 million in grants to help combat the spread of coronavirus. The grants were awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services through the Health Center Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Funding program. These funds were made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was signed into law on March 27.

March 14, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today voted for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, legislation endorsed by President Trump and bipartisan majorities in Congress to improve access to coronavirus test kits. The bill provides financial relief to families and workers impacted by the viral outbreak by providing free testing to those with potential coronavirus infection; paid sick and family leave; and unemployment benefits.

November 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12) announced a $212,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program for the Community Health and Emergency Services, Inc. in Cairo.

November 21, 2019 In The News

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Federal funding is headed to Cairo to to help deal with the opioid crisis.

A 212-thousand dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine program will go to Community Health and Emergency Services, Incorporated in Cairo.

October 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) and the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) today announced that two Southern Illinois hospitals will participate in the Delta Region Community Health Systems Development – Technical Assistance Program (DRCHSD).

October 23, 2019 In The News

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MARION -- More than 100 Southern Illinois area residents joined the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's at the Harry L. Crisp Sports Complex on Oct. 12. Participants raised more than $16,000 for the care, support and research programs of the Alzheimer's Association.

July 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Mike Bost today voted for the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act (H.R. 748). This legislation, which Bost cosponsored, repeals the Obamacare 40% excise tax on certain employer-sponsored health insurance plans, known as the “Cadillac Tax.” The bill passed the House by a vote of 419-6 and now heads to the Senate for consideration.

April 2, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost today signed a discharge petition, a procedural motion, that would bring the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 962) to the House floor for a vote. H.R. 962 requires appropriate medical care for children who survive abortion procedures. The bill also imposes strong criminal penalties for failure to provide such care—while also protecting women upon whom abortions have been performed from prosecution.