Health Care

Recent events such as the coronavirus have proven that every American should have access to quality, affordable health care.  That is why I strongly support the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and bills that improve the Act's ability to cover more Americans.  New Jersey residents have benefitted tremendousbly from the ACA.  Since it was enacted, nearly 3.1 million New Jerseyans have received a free preventative service, like cancer screenings; 73,000 young people in New Jersey have gained access to care under their parents' health plan until the age of 26; and the average New Jerseyan on Medicare will save up to $16,000 on prescription drug costs.

I will continue to work hard to reduce health disparities in New Jersey and around the world. I have led efforts to increase education and public awareness about the importance that HIV testing and preventative cancer screenings play in saving lives. Furthermore, I strongly support community health centers and school-based health centers because they provide quality healthcare to underserved populations in communities across New Jersey's Tenth Congressional District.

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February 24, 2021 Press Release

Media Contact:  Patrick Wright   --  Patrick.Wright@mail.house.gov

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. earned the National Kidney Foundation’s 2021 Congressional Award for his work to fight kidney disease.  The foundation gives the award annually to politicians who have shown an outstanding commitment to the improvement of kidney-related health issues.    

February 22, 2021 Press Release

Media Contact:  Patrick Wright   --  Patrick.Wright@mail.house.gov

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. formed the Congressional Colorectal Caucus today with Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL).  The caucus will help to promote more awareness of colorectal cancer and caucus members will fight to pass legislation that improves treatments and survival rates from the deadly disease.         

February 11, 2021 Press Release

Media Contact:  Patrick Wright   --  Patrick.Wright@mail.house.gov

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. wants to see a greater emphasis on teacher vaccinations nationwide in order to protect students and staff.  

Rep. Payne, Jr. wrote a letter today to Norris Cochran, Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and asked him to make teacher vaccinations the highest priority as the country tries to return to normal during the coronavirus global pandemic.        

February 5, 2021 Press Release

Media Contact:  Patrick Wright   --  Patrick.Wright@mail.house.gov

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. wrote a letter to President Joe Biden yesterday to make the testing and removal of lead in school drinking water a primary concern in his administration.  The issue has been one of Rep. Payne, Jr.’s top priorities in Congress, especially after unsafe levels were found in the drinking water of some residents in Newark, N.J.  The city is the Congressman’s hometown and part of his 10th Congressional District.       

January 29, 2021 Press Release

Media Contact:  Patrick Wright   --  Patrick.Wright@mail.house.gov

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. wrote a letter to President Joe Biden today to issue a presidential proclamation and declare March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.  The move comes in the same week that Rep. Payne, Jr. wrote a separate letter to the president to increase funding for colorectal cancer research.          

January 22, 2021 Press Release

Media Contact:  Patrick Wright   --  Patrick.Wright@mail.house.gov 

December 28, 2020 Press Release

Media Contact:  Patrick Wright   --  Patrick.Wright@mail.house.gov

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr.’s bill to decrease colorectal cancer deaths and increase cancer screenings nationwide became law last night.        

December 21, 2020 Press Release

Media Contact:  Patrick Wright   --  Patrick.Wright@mail.house.gov

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. was proud to vote for the Omnibus Appropriations and Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act today to support New Jersey residents and all Americans during the coronavirus health and economic crisis. 

December 9, 2020 Press Release

Media Contact:  Patrick Wright   --  Patrick.Wright@mail.house.gov

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr.’s bill to decrease colorectal cancer deaths nationwide passed the House of Representatives today.    

December 4, 2020 Press Release

Media Contact:  Patrick Wright   --  Patrick.Wright@mail.house.gov

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. voted for the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act today.  The bill (H.R. 3884) would decriminalize marijuana nationwide, require federal courts to delete prior marijuana convictions for Americans, and save taxpayers at least $3.6 billion per year.