Congressman Payne is committed to expanding on the success of the Affordable Care Act and is a cosponsor of legislation that would establish a single-payer, Medicare for All healthcare plan. He has worked to end racial disparities in healthcare that predominantly impact African Americans, including making sure that screenings for colorectal cancer and prostate cancer are covered by Medicaid, and has pioneered legislation to prevent unnecessary amputations.
Consistently supported the expansion of health care access by opposing Republican attempts to gut the Affordable Care Act, and co-sponsored the Medicare for All bill to ensure that all Americans can get the care they need.
Passed and got signed into law the “Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act” in 2020 which protects Medicare patients from an unexpected bill if a cancerous polyp is detected and removed during a screening. He also authored the “Donald Payne Sr. Colorectal Cancer Detection Act of 2021” that provides medicare coverage and payments for colorectal cancer screenings.
Taken the lead on several initiatives to reduce unnecessary amputations. He introduced the Amputation Reduction and Compassion (ARC) Act which requires Medicare, Medicaid, and group health insurance plans to cover preventative screenings for high-risk individuals so that PAD can be caught and treated early, before it leads to amputation. The bill requires patients to get a vascular screening before any non-traumatic amputation is performed and creates a PAD education program at Health and Human Services so that doctors are more aware of PAD symptoms.