Congressmember Espaillat firmly believes that healthcare is a right.  Not only do individuals need access to health insurance, but they need affordable access to health insurance.

In his first floor speech as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressmember Espaillat spoke out in support of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.  He said that the Affordable Care Act “is a promise to the American people that we must keep.  It guarantees access to affordable, high-quality healthcare as a right for all Americans.  Backing out of this commitment is irresponsible, inexcusable, and reprehensible.”  The ACA has benefited millions of Americans, and Congressmember Espaillat will stand in opposition to any attempts to repeal the law and the benefits it has bestowed. 

Congressmember Espaillat has joined several Democratic colleagues as a cosponsor of H.R. 676, the Medicare for All Act, which would establish a single-payer health care system in the United States.  This legislation would remove the incentive and ability for insurance companies to profit from an individual’s health insurance coverage or access health care.  As attempts to repeal the ACA remain at the forefront of the Republican agenda, Congressmember Espaillat stands firm in improving and advancing an agenda that will make the ACA and our health care system stronger for all Americans, not weaker for most of them. 

As a member of the Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, Congressmember Espaillat will work tirelessly to ensure that employer-sponsored health insurance coverage continues to provide real benefits for hardworking Americans across the country. 

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August 5, 2019 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Today at 6:00 p.m. EDT, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) joined by community leaders, will hold a community vigil at Bennett Park (Fort Washington Avenue at West 184th Street) to remember and honor the victims of the horrific mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio that took place this past weekend. 


July 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) voted to pass H.R. 1327, the “Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alverez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act,” which takes long-overdue action to provide the financial security and support that 9/11 first responders, survivors and families deserve.


March 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (D-NY-13) joined U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), and U.S. Representatives Carolyn B.

February 21, 2019 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – This week, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) provided an overview of his legislative priorities, agenda for the 116th Congress, and record accomplishments on behalf of New York’s 13th congressional district during this year’s State of the District event held on Tuesday evening at the Our Children’s Foundation, Inc. This year marked Rep. Espaillat’s third annual State of the District address since he was sworn into Congress in 2017.

January 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) recognized the forty-sixth anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade.  In its 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court recognized that the U.S. Constitution protects a woman’s right to make her own medical decisions, including the decision to have an abortion.

January 9, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) joined House Democrats to take action to protect New Yorkers’ health care by passing a resolution that strengthens Congress’s hand to intervene against the Republicans’ monstrous Texas v. U.S.

September 5, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, as oral arguments begin in a federal District Court in Texas in the Republicans’ Texas v. United States lawsuit to strike down the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement blasting Republicans’ assaults on people with pre-existing conditions in the Congress and the courts. 

June 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement in recognition of June as National Men’s Health Month and the start of Men’s Health Week from June 11-17, 2018.

“June is National Men’s Health Month and a time during which we raise awareness of health disparities and challenges facing men of all ages, while promoting positive health and mental health well-being,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13).

May 2, 2018 Press Release

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) joined members of Congress from across the country to declare May as National Foster Care Month. In the United States, over 400,000 young people are looking for permanency with caring parents.

April 25, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement today to address substance abuse and the national opioids crisis.