“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 21, 2021
WASHINGTON - Senator Mike Braun and Senator Maggie Hassan called for robust enforcement of key health care price transparency requirements in a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Chiquita Brooks-Lasure. The senators applauded CMS’ recent efforts to enhance compliance of the Price Transparency Rule in hospitals and requested the results of CMS’s current oversight efforts of non-compliant hospitals to ensure that Americans have access to the most transparent and up-to-date prices.Read More
September 21, 2021
Senator Hassan Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Improve Mental Health for New Mothers and Address High Rate of Maternal Suicide
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced bipartisan legislation today to improve maternal mental health outcomes for pregnant and postpartum patients, including working to address postpartum depression and anxiety, and maternal suicide – which is a leading cause of maternal mortality and morbidity in the United States.Read More
September 20, 2021
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) cosponsored bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to provide working family caregivers in New Hampshire and across the country with a tax credit of up to $5,000 to assist with out-of-pocket caregiving expenses.Read More
September 14, 2021
NH Delegation Announces More than $3.2 Million to Strengthen Home Visiting Services for Underserved Communities, Expand Access to Essential Health Care Services at NH Schools
( Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced that New Hampshire will receive $3,225,084 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to strengthen home visiting services for families in underserved communities and expand access to essential health care services at Granite State schools.Read More
September 08, 2021
NASHUA – In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan toured St. Joseph Hospital’s new Senior Behavioral Health Unit in Nashua to discuss the importance of expanding access to mental and behavioral health resources, particularly for older Granite Staters.Read More
September 02, 2021
(Manchester, NH) - Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) applauded the announcement that $1.6 million is heading to the state to support the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Navigators program. This program helps American families get information and support to find quality health care plans at affordable prices.Read More
September 01, 2021
Senator Hassan Leads NH Delegation in Announcing $800,000 in Federal Grant Funding for New Hampshire Telehealth Program from December COVID Relief Legislation
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Representative Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) awarded $801,768 in federal grant funding to Harbor Care Health and Wellness Center in Nashua to help strengthen the telehealth services it provides amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will help the center obtain computers and telecommunications devices, as well as make improvements to its network and security, to provide enhanced telehealth services to patients, including those who identify as experiencing homelessness. The funding was secured as part of Senator Hassan’s work to invest in telehealth programs in the end of year COVID-19 relief bill.