“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.
June 22, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) today introduced the Improving Mental Health Access from the Emergency Department Act, legislation to improve the way patients receive care for mental illness in emergency departments. The bipartisan bill would establish a competitive grant program for emergency departments to adopt more collaborative and connected mental health care models and deploy new technology to better connect patients with appropriate resources in their communities. Companion legislation, H.R. 1205, introduced by Representatives Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) passed the House of Representatives in May.Read More
June 22, 2021
NH Delegation Announces Nearly $560K to Expand Telehealth Services at Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester
( U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced today that the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester (MHCGM) will receive $559,634 to expand access to telehealth services for Granite State veterans and low-income patients.Read More
June 17, 2021
WASHINGTON - Following the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss a challenge to the Affordable Care Act, keeping it in place, Senator Maggie Hassan issued this statement:Read More
June 15, 2021
Senator Hassan Discusses Barriers to Mental Health Services for Granite Staters with Substance Use Disorder
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan today discussed the challenges that people who experience substance use disorders often face in accessing critical mental health services during a Senate Finance Committee hearing.Read More
June 03, 2021
Senator Hassan Introduces Legislation to Crack Down on Big Pharma Monopoly and Lower Prescription Drug Costs
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, joined her colleagues in reintroducing comprehensive legislation to tackle the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs.Read More
May 21, 2021
NH Delegation Welcomes Nearly $9 Million from American Rescue Plan for NH to Hire and Train Public Health Workers in Response to COVID-19
( U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) welcomed the announcement that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will award $8,952,425 to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. Specifically, these are funds allocated through the delegation-backed American Rescue Plan that will allow the state and local communities to hire and train public health workers to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and future public health challenges.Read More
May 20, 2021
Senator Hassan Pushes for Additional Resources to Address Children’s Mental Health Challenges During Committee Hearing
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan today pushed for additional resources to address children’s mental and behavioral health challenges during a Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing.Read More