I am committed to working towards continued access to health care and improving, not repealing, the Affordable Care Act. I will advocate for the central coast’s health care concerns as Congress continues to debate health care reform. Our seniors, veterans, students, families, and everyone in between deserve to feel secure in their health care future. 

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September 29, 2021 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Representative Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced five Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grants totaling over $4 million to strengthen primary health care infrastructure, advance better health outcomes in medically underserved communities, and support COVID-19 testing, treatment, and vaccination throughout California’s 20th Congressional District.

August 9, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced that the Department of Defense will seek authorization to require the COVID-19 vaccine for all active-duty military service members. In March 2021, Rep. Panetta and a small group of his colleagues sent a letter to the White House requesting that President Joe Biden issue a waiver of informed consent to require vaccines for all military service members.

July 22, 2021 Press Release

Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced that the University of California, Santa Cruz will receive a $3.12 million grant from the National Cancer Institute for protein-RNA interactions in cancer biology research.  Dr. Jeremy Sanford, a Professor at UCSC studying the roles of protein-RNA interactions in gene regulation and human inherited diseases, will manage the project.

April 2, 2021 Press Release

Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) introduced the bipartisan Military Hunger Prevention Act with Representatives Don Young (R-AK-AL), Marilyn Strickland (D-WA-10), Don Bacon (R-NE-02), Salud Carbajal (DA-CA-24), and Jim Baird (R-IN-4) to help low-income military families living with food insecurity make ends meet.  The Military Hunger Prevention Act would create a basic needs allowance to support low-income servicemembers who are currently not eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

March 30, 2021 Press Release

Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced that Santa Cruz County and Monterey County in addition to community health centers across the Central Coast will receive $25.46 million in federal funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).  The funding will help counties and community health centers prevent, mitigate, and respond to COVID-19 and enhance healthcare services and infrastructure.  ARPA includes $6.1 billion in public health funding for counties and community health centers experiencing the greatest need during the pandemic.

March 10, 2021 Press Release

As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Congressman Panetta was one of the few members asked to speak in support of the American Rescue Plan before its passage. 

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February 27, 2021 Press Release

Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) supported the House passage of H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan.  The legislation includes provisions to protect farmworkers from COVID, help children safely return to the classroom, improve nationwide vaccine access, extend federal unemployment benefits, provide $1,400 economic impact payments, and more.

February 12, 2021 Press Release

This week, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) directly worked on over a half of President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Rescue legislation that is in the U.S.

February 3, 2021 Press Release

Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) reintroduced legislation to provide immediate support to nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities across the country experiencing outbreaks of COVID-19 cases.  The Sending Outside Support Act, or the SOS Act, would authorize the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary to allocate certain amounts of funding to states for the creation of strike teams of clinical and non-clinical staff to assist nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities with the management and treatment of COVID-19 outbreaks. 

February 1, 2021 Press Release

Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced that Sun Street Centers will receive a $49,417 federal grant to support its education and addiction treatment services.  Located in Salinas, Sun Street Centers provides comprehensive services for education, prevention, and recovery services for alcohol addiction and substance misuse.