“Rising health care costs are squeezing hard-working families in New Hampshire and across our country. I will keep fighting to lower prescription drug costs, hold big pharmaceutical companies accountable, and ensure that all Americans have access to the quality, affordable health insurance coverage that they need to lead healthy and productive lives.” – Senator Hassan
As a member of the Senate Health, Labor, Education, and Pension Committee and the Finance Committee, Senator Hassan is focused on expanding access to quality, affordable health care and lowering health care costs, particularly the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs.
The cost of prescription drugs has forced far too many Granite Staters and Americans to make the impossible choice of whether to put food on the table or fill a potentially life-saving prescription. Senator Hassan has cosponsored comprehensive legislation to lower drug costs, including by permitting the safe importation of prescription drugs from places like Canada and allowing Medicare to negotiate the price of prescription drugs.
Additionally, Senator Hassan has been a leader in the fight to end the outrageous practice of surprise medical billing. It is completely unacceptable that people in New Hampshire and across the country do everything they’re supposed to do to ensure that their care is in their insurance network and then still end up with large, unexpected bills from an out-of-network provider. To address this problem, Senator Hassan joined in introducing the bipartisan STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act to end the practice of surprise medical billing.
Senator Hassan is also working to improve and build on the Affordable Care Act – and she fought back against dangerous, partisan efforts that would significantly raise health care costs and strip health insurance away from millions of Americans. She is also standing up to protect the long-term viability of Medicare and will oppose any effort to privatize Medicare or turn it into a voucher system.
Additionally, the Senator opposes politically motivated efforts to undermine women’s access to quality health care, such as attempts to defund Planned Parenthood - and is fighting to protect a woman’s constitutionally protected right to make her own health care decisions.
Health care is not a privilege – it is a right, and Senator Hassan will continue fighting to ensure that all hard-working Granite Staters and Americans can get the affordable, quality health care that they need.
September 23, 2020
On Senate Floor, Hassan Honors Justice Ginsburg’s Legacy, Denounces Republicans’ Hypocrisy in Rushing to Fill her Seat & Overturn Affordable Care Act
WASHINGTON - In a Senate floor speech last night, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan honored the legacy of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and denounced Senate Republicans for trying to ignore the precedent that they set and instead rush through a Supreme Court nominee instead of working with Democrats on a comprehensive COVID-19 relief bill.Read More
September 23, 2020
Senator Hassan Secures Commitment from CDC and FDA to Conduct Key Oversight Measures in Vaccine Review Process
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, during a during a Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing today, secured commitments from Dr. Stephen Hahn, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that their agencies would conduct key oversight measures during the COVID-19 vaccine review process to help ensure that any potential COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective and that the American public have confidence in the vaccine.Read More
September 23, 2020
U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., applauded the House for unanimously passing bipartisan legislation that would help protect patients from counterfeit medical products. The House legislation is a companion to a bill Enzi and Hassan introduced in JulyRead More
September 22, 2020
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan received a virtual tour of Smiths Medical and heard about its efforts to manufacture integrated hypodermic needle and syringe products to administer a potential COVID-19 vaccine.Read More
September 22, 2020
Senator Hassan, Colleagues Call for Answers on Americans Being Left on the Hook for COVID-19 Testing Costs
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) led eight of her colleagues, including Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), in raising concerns about individuals being charged for COVID-19 diagnostic tests. While the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the CARES Act, both signed into law earlier this year, require health insurance plans to cover costs associated with COVID-19 testing, there are troubling reports of insured individuals receiving unexpected bills for their COVID-19 diagnostic tests.Read More
September 18, 2020
Senator Hassan Introduces Bipartisan Resolution Recognizing September 18 as National Concussion Awareness Day
WASHINGTON - Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced a bipartisan resolution in the Senate recognizing September 18, 2020 as National Concussion Awareness Day. The resolution was also introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressmen Bill Pascrell (D-NJ-9) and Don Bacon (R-NE-2). Last year, the same group of lawmakers introduced a similar measure recognizing September 20, 2019 as National Concussion Awareness Day.Read More
September 16, 2020
Senators Hassan, Shaheen Call on Postmaster General to Fully Reverse Changes That Have Caused Delivery Delays of Prescription Medication
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), who serves on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) that oversees the Postal Service, and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined colleagues in urging Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to fully reverse the changes that he has made to the agency that have resulted in widespread delays, including for the delivery of medications for Granite Staters and Americans.Read More