Health Care

Americans need a health care system that provides them affordable access to effective care, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is failing to achieve this. Instead of government mandates, we need free-market solutions that bring our hardworking neighbors choices of insurance providers, coverage options, physicians, and cost structures.

Northeast Georgians have felt the nominal positives and crushing negatives of the ACA as they struggle under fewer choices and less access to meaningful care, and the rest of the country has suffered with them. We must reform our health care structure to move toward a patient-centered system, focused on consumer choice and free-market innovation.

Since coming to Congress, I have voted more than 50 times to repeal the ACA. Holistic health care reform may also include elements like making health savings plans more accessible and allowing health insurance to be sold across state lines.

One of the ways I’m working to reduce medical costs and improve care is by addressing the pharmacy middlemen that drive up prescription drug costs. Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) have increased prices for consumers and community pharmacists, making it harder for people to receive the medicines and advice that they need. I introduced the Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act to promote transparency in drug pricing and prevent PBMs from secretly increasing the prices of prescription medications.

I also have supported additional legislation, including the Improving Transparency and Accuracy in Medicare Part D Drug Spending Act, to shine light on anti-competitive practices and reduce prescription drug prices for Americans. Our community pharmacies represent critical health resources, and I will continue to champion policies that ensure these providers can serve our communities effectively. 

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November 29, 2018
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“Too often, prescription drug middlemen use abusive reimbursement schemes to inflate patient prices and unfairly cripple community health care providers. I’ve seen how much this ultimately leaves communities with higher costs and less access to quality care."
September 28, 2018
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"Today’s vote and the inclusion of the Substance Abuse Prevention Act in the final bill reflects bicameral commitment to equipping families, victims and law enforcement with resources crucial to combating this epidemic."
September 26, 2018
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“Families in Northeast Georgia and across the nation have suffered deeply under the opioid crisis, and the House continues to respond thoughtfully and thoroughly."
June 26, 2018
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The industry’s lack of transparency allows CVS to expand its mosaic of abusive pricing schemes with impunity. While independent pharmacists provide medical services and guidance to many Americans, major PBMs like CVS Caremark are crippling these pharmacies by unfairly cutting their reimbursements.
June 18, 2018
Congress must combat this epidemic proactively. My colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee share this resolve, and we worked together to send the Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues Act to the full House of Representatives for a vote.
May 30, 2018
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Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai gathered stakeholders from across Northeast Georgia to address the challenges of delivering affordable, accessible internet access to rural communities.
May 24, 2018
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"I introduced the Phair Pricing Act to ensure that when industry middlemen claim to negotiate lower prices on behalf of patients, patients receive those savings at the point of sale—otherwise, they might not receive them at all.'
May 23, 2018
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"I’ve seen drug courts in Georgia help people break free from addiction and lessen the strain on the justice system. The Substance Abuse Prevention Act would help communities better support victims of opioid abuse and enable law enforcement to fight the scourge of opioids," said Collins.
May 16, 2018
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“American veterans deserve high-quality health care, but the current VA system has proven that it’s unable to deliver those services consistently. The VA MISSION Act takes significant steps towards making health care more accessible to veterans through both the VA and private providers."
January 24, 2018
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Rep. Doug Collins wrote to CMS to express support for a policy change that would prevent community pharmacies from being excluded from providing medicine and services through Medicare Part D.