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Congresswoman Norma Torres

Representing the 35th District of California

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I believe everyone should have access to quality and affordable health care and that federal health policy should strive to eliminate any disparities that exist in our health care system. As a State Senator, I worked to make Covered California more accessible and passed legislation to diversify the areas of expertise of the state’s health board members so that they could better address the health care issues facing our state. Since coming to Congress, I have consistently supported critical funding for California’s public health care system, safety net hospitals, and health care centers that serve aging, low-income, and rural communities. I am also a strong supporter of funding to ensure that coverage options meet the health care needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities. While the Affordable Care Act isn’t perfect, I oppose efforts to repeal it and take away health insurance for millions of Americans. I will continue to fight to improve this landmark legislation until we can ensure effective, affordable health care coverage and access for all.

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March 24, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) issued the following statement following the decision by House Republican leadership to withdraw their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act:

March 13, 2017 Press Release
ONTARIO, CA – Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) issued the following statement in response to the release of a report by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on the House Republican healthcare bill:
March 10, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday evening, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) held a telephone town hall on healthcare and the Affordable Care Act to discuss the newly introduced Republican repeal plan and how it would impact Californians.  She was joined on the call by Tam Ma, Legal and Policy Director for Health Access California.

March 9, 2017 Event

There has recently been a lot of uncertainty regarding the future of the Affordable Care Act and what that means for Californians. This is why I will be hosting a Telephone Town Hall on Healthcare to answer your questions and provide you with useful information on how you might be affected. Join me on Thursday, March 9th, at 6pm PT for a helpful discussion and the opportunity to speak with healthcare experts on this important issue.

February 9, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – This week, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-CA) and Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) introduced H.R. 981, the Indian Health Service (IHS) Hiring Freeze Exemption Act, a bill that would exempt the Indian Health Service (IHS) from President Trump’s federal employee hiring freeze.

 

January 13, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) issued the following statement in response to a House of Representatives vote that clears the path for repeal of the Affordable Care Act:

 

October 20, 2016 Press Release

ONTARIO, CA – Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) hosted a gathering of area organizations working to address the Zika crisis in Southern California at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona.  The participants provided an update on the ongoing impact of Zika on the region and discussed opportunities to coordinate efforts to prevent the spread of the disease.

 

February 24, 2016 In The News

Over the past several months, the international community has anxiously watched the Zika virus rapidly spread across the Americas. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other medical organizations, there is strong evidence that this virus causes some children to be born with small craniums and brains, a condition known as microcephaly. Many children born with microcephaly die soon after birth; others live longer, with serious developmental disabilities.

October 20, 2015 In The News

In a post on VICE, Democratic congresswomen Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Norma Torres are speaking out against El Salvador’s harsh abortion ban, which has landed countless women in jail. Women, wrongfully accused of having illegal abortions, have ended up in deplorable prisons and experienced severe discrimination as well as physical and verbal abuse.

October 19, 2015 In The News

In 2004, Cristina Quintanilla was pregnant for the second time. Eight months into her pregnancy, she started feeling discomfort, which she assumed at first was normal. One night the pain was so excruciating she passed out at home, only learning later she miscarried. Her mother and stepfather took her to a local hospital for emergency treatment. But that's not what she received.