Congressman Steven Horsford Advocates for Health Equity in Full House Ways and Means Committee Hearing

June 8, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman Steven Horsford (D-NV-04) joined his colleagues on the House Ways and Means Committee for a full committee hearing on President Biden’s proposed fiscal year 2022 budget with Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra. During the hearing, Congressman Horsford spoke with Secretary Becerra about the importance of reliable data collection to track and address health inequities, particularly with regards to COVID-19 infections and deaths in nursing homes.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to expand demographic data collection and address health care inequities for communities of color,” said Congressman Steven Horsford. “I was glad to speak with Secretary Becerra about my bill — the Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Act — which will strengthen data collection and make nursing homes safer for Nevada seniors and people with disabilities. I look forward to continuing to work with the Biden administration to improve equity and care in Nevada’s Fourth District and across the country.”

Congressman Horsford secured a commitment from Secretary Becerra to work with him on getting this data and ensuring that the information is correct. Secretary Becerra spoke about the importance of needing good data in order to have good outcomes, and how the Department of Health and Human Services is going to pursue data that can go beyond the generalized information that is often used in health care.

Congressman Horsford is a co-chair of the House Ways and Means Committee Racial Equity Initiative, which works to ensure that the committee’s policy proposals address the role of racism and other forms of discrimination in perpetuating health and economic inequities.

A full video of Congressman Horsford’s remarks can be found here.

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