Our healthcare crisis is at an all-time high. Pharmaceutical companies and private health insurance providers make it virtually impossible for everyday Americans, including Brooklynites, to afford adequate physical and mental healthcare. Access to affordable and adequate healthcare should be a right for all Americans – not a privilege. Congresswoman Clarke is a strong supporter of Medicare for All and fought relentlessly against the repeal of the ACA. Additionally, she introduced a resolution that would add Black Women’s Health Week to the roster of national health observances, in order to highlight the disparities that black women routinely experience across mortality rates post-childbirth and more. She supported the Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 which requires group health plans to apply the same treatment limits on mental health or substance-related disorder benefits as they do for medical and surgical benefits (parity requirement). She introduced and passed H.R.5583, which requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to expand and annually report on its core set of adult health quality measures for Medicaid-eligible adults to include measures specific to behavioral health. Additionally, she is an active fighter in the opioid crisis, introducing and helping to pass the Opioid Addiction Action Plan Act which requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to develop an action plan to enhance the treatment and prevention of opioid addiction, and the coverage and reimbursement of medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction.