House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Visits Forest Hills, Queens for Community Roundtable with Congresswoman Grace Meng About the Newly Passed Inflation Reduction Act Lowering Health Care Costs for New Yorkers


Date: Oct. 12, 2022
Location: Queens, NY

Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Forest Hills, Queens where she joined U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) for a roundtable conversation about the Inflation Reduction Act lowering the cost of health care for New Yorkers.

The legislation, which Meng helped pass in Congress, was signed into law by President Biden in August. It, among other things, allows Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices, limits the cost of insulin to $35 per month, caps out-of-pocket prescription drug costs at $2,000 a year for those on Medicare, and extends tax credits on insurance premiums for individuals and families covered through the Affordable Care Act.

The roundtable was part of Wednesday's Health Care Day of Action, a national effort to spotlight the work that congressional Democrats have done to lower health care costs for Americans.

"I thank Speaker Pelosi for coming to Queens to highlight how the Inflation Reduction Act will help New Yorkers with the costs of health care including many constituents in my congressional district," said Congresswoman Meng. "I commend the Speaker for her leadership in moving this sweeping legislation through the House. We have to continue doing all we can to bring health care costs down, and make sure that New Yorkers receive the care they need and deserve. I will always fight to ensure the health and wellbeing of our communities."

"It was my privilege to join Congresswoman Grace Meng, heroic health care workers and the leadership of the Queens Community House Forest Hills Older Adult Center for a vital conversation on Democrats' work to lower health care costs for seniors," said Speaker Pelosi. "Across the nation, House Democrats are holding a Day of Action to highlight how our Inflation Reduction Act is slashing prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries, while locking in lower insurance premiums for America's working families. While extreme MAGA Republicans seek to gut Medicare, raise drug prices and pad Big Pharma's profits, Democrats will never stop fighting to lower health costs as we put People Over Politics."

The roundtable, which included individuals from the health care and other fields, was held at Queens Community House's Forest Hills Older Adult Center.

Speaker Pelosi returned to Meng's district after visiting the area in 2019 when Meng hosted her for a roundtable on immigration that was held at Elmhurst Hospital in Elmhurst, Queens.