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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September 22, 2020 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Hoy, el congresista Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) anunció una serie de eventos semanales de participación comunitaria a partir de esta semana, que se llevarán a cabo hasta el mes de octubre de 2020 en Harlem, Washington Heights y El Bronx. El Rep. Espaillat estará acompañado por funcionarios electos, líderes comunitarios y organizaciones locales durante de cada evento.

September 22, 2020 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) announced a weekly series of community engagement events starting this week that will be held through the month of October 2020 throughout Harlem, Washington Heights and the Bronx. Rep. Espaillat will be joined by a slate of elected officials, community leaders and location organizations during each event location.

April 21, 2020 Press Release

New York City, NYRepresentative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) led a bipartisan letter to request relief for public transit agencies around the nation and urged for the support of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) request for $3.9 billion to maintain operations through 2020.


April 16, 2020 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), along with Reps. Nydia Velázquez and José E. Serrano is leading nearly 40 of his colleagues calling on Vice President Mike Pence, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Charles P. Rettig to ensure access to vital information and forms through the Economic Impact Payments (EIP) web portal for millions of non-English speakers.


April 14, 2020 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – U.S. Reps. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) and Grace Meng (D-NY) join efforts to call for a key food assistance program to include hot food during the COVID-19 pandemic.


In a letter they led to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, the lawmakers urged the agency to allow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) beneficiaries to purchase hot food from retailers for the duration of the coronavirus crisis. Currently, SNAP benefits do not cover hot food.


April 13, 2020 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement on federal funding allocated to 15 health care centers in New York’s 13th congressional district totaling more than $21 million dollars to provide care and assistance during the ongoing efforts to address the coronavirus.


April 10, 2020 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY - Representatives Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) and Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04), along with 49 of their colleagues led a letter to House and Senate leadership today urging them to include $100 billion for emergency rental assistance in the next emergency stimulus package to help people stay in their homes. A comparable provision was included in the COVID-19 stimulus bill drafted by the House, but it did not make it into the final CARES Act.