Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. was chosen by his colleagues of the Democratic Caucus to serve as the Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Pallone has a long record of accomplishment, having played a lead role in the enactment of landmark health, environmental protection, and consumer safety legislation over the last twenty-six years. As Chairman of the Committee’s Health Subcommittee, Pallone served as a principal author of the Affordable Care Act, which expands coverage to millions of Americans, improves health benefits, and instates patient protections.  Throughout his career, Pallone has been committed to strengthening food safety laws, ensuring the integrity of the Medicare guarantee and Medicaid programs, protecting environmental resources, and improving our nation’s health care system.

The Affordable Care Act, passed into law in 2010, guarantees access to affordable health care, strengthens Medicare and Medicaid, and reduces the deficit.

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Mar 31, 2015

Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-6), Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following statement on the Obama Administration’s transmission of the United States’ Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to the United Nations today.  The submission, along with plans submitted by nearly 200 other nations, will form the foundation of an international plan to tackle climate change, which countries hope to finalize at a summit in Paris in December 2015.

Mar 26, 2015

Today, House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-6) applauded the historic passage of legislation to permanently replace the broken Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula.  H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), which passed the U.S. House of Representatives today by a vote of 392-37, will transition Medicare away from a volume-based system toward one that rewards value, ensures the accuracy of payments, and improves the quality of care for seniors.  

Mar 24, 2015

Bipartisan leaders of the House Energy and Commerce and House Ways and Means Committees today introduced H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, to permanently replace Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). The agreement builds upon H.R. 1470, the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act, bipartisan, bicameral legislation to replace the SGR formula with a stable payment system that promotes higher quality care for seniors. The bipartisan committee leaders on Friday released a working framework of these additional proposals, some of which will help to offset the costs of this package. Read the complete bill online here. Read a section by section online here.

Mar 23, 2015

Today, the top Democrats from the Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Education and the Workforce committees issued a joint statement marking the five year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Ways and Means Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI), and Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA) are the head Democrats on the committees with jurisdiction over the Affordable Care Act:

Mar 20, 2015

Today bipartisan leaders from the House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees released a working summary outlining the broader framework of an agreement being negotiated to permanently replace the broken Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula with a system that rewards quality, efficiency, and innovation. Committee leaders continue to make progress negotiating a comprehensive agreement that would further strengthen Medicare, extend vital health provisions, and extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program. This broader agreement builds upon the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act, H.R. 1470 – legislation reintroduced yesterday in the House along with a companion in the Senate.

Mar 19, 2015

Today, leaders in the Senate and House introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to replace the broken Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula with an improved payment system that rewards quality, efficiency, and innovation.  The bipartisan, bicameral bill seeks to end the cycle of annual ‘Doc Fix’ crises that have created uncertainty for millions of Medicare providers and beneficiaries for over a decade and also create a system that promotes higher quality care for America’s seniors. Work continues toward an agreement to put this plan into place as well as make reforms to strengthen Medicare and extend vital health provisions and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.