“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.
July 02, 2020
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) cosponsored legislation introduced by Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) caregiver program. According to reports, caregivers and veterans have been arbitrarily discharged or downgraded from the program, with benefits subsequently revoked or reduced. The Senators’ bipartisan legislation would take a number of steps to give caregivers and veterans an opportunity to appeal any downgrade or termination of benefits and ensure that all caregivers are recognized as part of the clinical team attending to veterans.Read More
July 01, 2020
Senator Hassan Leads Colleagues in Calling for Answers On Nursing Homes Evicting Residents Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) led 11 of her colleagues in calling on the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to act in response to nursing homes evicting residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter cites New York Times reports that nursing homes have evicted more than 6,400 residents since the beginning of the pandemic.Read More
July 01, 2020
Senator Hassan Takes to Senate Floor to Call for Immediate Action to Protect Nursing Homes, Schools Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan joined her colleagues on the Senate floor this evening to deliver two speeches calling for immediate action to protect nursing home residents and staff who have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, and calling for additional support for schools.Read More
June 30, 2020
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan today questioned Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, and Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about factors driving a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in the U.S., protections for nursing home residents and staff, and guidance on school reopening, during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing. This hearing is the first time in over a month that Dr. Fauci and other members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force have appeared before the Senate.Read More
June 25, 2020
Senator Hassan Statement on Trump Administration Doubling Down on Efforts to Repeal the Affordable Care Act
WASHINGTON - With the Trump administration expected to formally file a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court today backing a Republican-led lawsuit to strike down the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement:Read More
June 24, 2020
Senator Hassan Emphasizes Need to Improve Procurement and Distribution of Strategic National Stockpile Supplies
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan emphasized the need to improve the procurement and distribution of supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile, which is maintained by the federal government to ensure access to medical supplies during public health emergencies, during a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing today. Senator Hassan, who serves as ranking member of the subcommittee that oversees the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), questioned the witnesses on what more needs to be done to ensure that the Strategic National Stockpile is well-managed and includes the necessary supplies to better respond to public health crises.Read More
June 23, 2020
Senator Hassan Highlights Need to Strengthen Federal Response to COVID-19 Pandemic As Cases Continue to Rise Across the Country
WASHINGTON - U.S Senator Maggie Hassan discussed the need to strengthen the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic during a Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing today. The hearing, titled Lessons Learned to Prepare for the Next Pandemic, comes as COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the country.Read More