On the Issues
During his tenure in Congress, Congressman Delaney took several votes on health care and nursing. The most notable example was his co-sponsorship of the Home Health Planning Improvement Act of 2017 (H.R. 1825). This bill would have allowed nurse practitioners (NPs), clinical nurse specialists (CNSs), and certified nurse midwives (CNMs) to order home health care services had the legislation passed.
In July 2019, Delaney announced an opioid epidemic plan, ‘Ensuring Access to Evidence-Based Substance Use Disorder Treatment,’ which would strengthen prevention efforts and invest in recovery and funding for programs through block grants for states implementing a two cent tax on morphine milligram equivalents in a prescription pain pill.
Health System Transformation
In the Fall of 2019, Delaney unveiled his own health care plan. ‘BetterCare’ would create a new public health care system for all Americans under the age of 65 while still preserving traditional Medicare and keep private insurance options.
Delaney used to support a Medicare for All proposal that’s similar to the Medicare-X Choice Act of 2019 (S. 981). This legislation would have built on the Medicare framework to establish a public insurance plan offered on the individual and small business health exchanges, allowing Americans to choose among the existing private insurance plans or a public one.