(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-Il.)
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Rep. Lauren Underwood says it is even more important that the cost of health care for Americans goes down.

Underwood sent a letter to House leadership advocating to include measures that would make health care more affordable in the next coronavirus relief package.

She pushed for the House to use a bill she introduced to increase tax credits for people who buy health insurance on state and federal insurance exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act. This measure would save Americans hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to Underwood’s office.

Underwood, a former nurse, said quality, affordable healthcare was often out of reach for many American families, even before the pandemic began. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that over the last 30 years the cost of healthcare has increased more than 100%.

To make matters worse, insurance premiums are expected to spike due to the coronavirus, making coverage even more difficult for many American families. 

“Lowering the rising costs of health insurance premiums has been a priority for each of us since we were sworn into Congress,” Underwood and several other members wrote in the letter. “By including provisions to reduce the skyrocketing cost of health insurance premiums in the next COVID-19 legislative package, we can deliver on a promise to the people: ensuring every American has access to quality, affordable health care.”