Senator Levin's Record - Health Care and Human Services
- Feb. 29, 2012 – Sen. Levin opposes ‘assault’ on health coverage
Sen. Levin helps defeat an amendment that would allow employers and health insurers to deny workers access to health services, saying the legislation "would grant an employer the right to substitute his moral convictions for those of his employees."
- Feb. 17, 2012 – Sen. Levin supports extension of middle-class tax relief
The Senate passes legislation supported by Sen. Levin to extend for a full year a cut in federal payroll taxes and extending emergency unemployment benefits. Sen. Levin calls the extension "important tax relief that is focused on middle-class families who have suffered greatly during the Great Recession."
- Nov. 21, 2011 – Levin says “supercommittee” failure shows need for compromise
In a statement after the co-chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction announce that they have failed to reach agreement by their statutory deadline, Sen. Levin issues a statement renewing his call for balanced deficit reduction that includes revenue as well as spending cuts and says members of Congress must compromise to avoid the devastating automatic cuts that will take effect if there is no bipartisan agreement.
- Nov. 30, 2010 - Sen. Levin supports food safety improvements
Sen. Levin supports the he FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which seeks to address major deficiencies in the system that protects Americans from food-borne illnesses.
- Aug. 5, 2010 - Sen. Levin fights for funding for health care, teachers
Sen. Levin speaks out in support of legislation that would continue enhanced Medicaid funding to states hard hit by the financial crisis and recession and would provide funding to prevent teacher layoffs.
- March 25, 2010 - Sen. Levin supports historic health reform
Sen. Levin votes for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, which takes concrete steps to make health insurance more dependable and affordable for families who already have it and will coverage available for the first time to millions of uninsured Americans. The law also includes measures to help small businesses provide coverage for employees and to strengthen Medicare.
- March 9, 2009 - Sen. Levin supports Obama stem cell decision
Sen. Levin applauds an executive order by President Obama lifting restrictions on federal research using stem cells.
- Jan. 29, 2009 - Sen. Levin supports expanding health care for children
Sen. Levin supports the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009which increases funding for the program by approximately $32.8 billion over four and a half years, allowingmore than 4 million additional children nationwide and 80,000 in Michigan to enroll.
- Dec. 6, 2007 - Senate approves Levin bill on organ donation
The Senate passes and sends to the president a bill written by Sen. Levin to will make it easier for people in need of organ transplants to receive organs from compatible donors, eliminating a hurdle in decades-old legislation that has been interpreted in many cases to prohibit “paired” organ donation.
- July 2007 - Sen. Levin helps lead fight for wounded warriors
The Senate approves the Dignified Treatment of Wounded Warriors Act, co-sponsored by Sen. Levin, that helps cut red tape and improve treatment of service members injured while serving their country.
- May 3, 2007 -- Bill would recover unpaid taxes from Medicare doctors
Sen. Levin and Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota introduce legislation that seeks to recover unpaid taxes from the estimated 21,000 health care providers receiving Medicaid payments who have failed to pay taxes. A Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations probe led by Levin and Coleman found an estimated $1.3 billion in unpaid taxes from providers receiving Medicare payments.
- Dec. 29, 2006 - Levin-Hatch measure to fight heroin addiction becomes law
President Bush signs legislation including a measure proposed by Sen. Levin and Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah that more than triples the number of patients that qualified physicians are permitted to treat with buprenorphine, a medication that has proven successful in combating heroin addiction.
- Feb. 2, 2006 - Sens. Levin, Stabenow seek fixes for Medicare drug benefit
Sen. Levin and Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan introduce legislation to fix problems and alleviate confusion among seniors regarding the new Medicare prescription drug benefit.
- Feb. 2, 2005 - Sen. Levin speaks out against Social Security privatization
Sen. Levin speaks out against plans discussed by President Bush in his State of the Union address that would increase costs and threaten benefits for Social Security recipients, including replacing some benefits with privatized accounts.
- Oct. 23, 2003 - Levin backs prescription drug importation
Sen. Levin and a bipartisan group of senators introduce legislation that would enable U.S. licensed pharmacists, drug wholesalers and individuals to import FDA-approved drugs made in FDA-inspected facilities, which would give Americans access to prescription medications at much lower prices than are currently available in this country.