“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.
January 15, 2021
Following Bipartisan Push from Senator Hassan, Administration Increases Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment
WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that it will roll back a requirement that limited physicians’ ability to prescribe buprenorphine, a medication that helps to treat opioid addiction. The Department will eliminate the need for most physicians to obtain the so-called “X” waiver in order to prescribe buprenorphine.Read More
January 14, 2021
Senator Hassan Statement on Reports that Trump Administration Has Weakened Safety Standards for PFAS Over Objection of Scientists
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released a statement following reports that the Trump administration overruled scientists and weakened safety standards for a certain class of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Specifically, Trump appointees at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) changed a safety assessment for PFBS, a chemical that has been linked to thyroid, kidney and reproductive problems at very low levels of exposure, that will make it easier for state and federal regulators to set lower clean up and drinking water standards for this dangerous chemical.Read More
January 14, 2021
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, today met virtually with President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to be the next Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy.Read More
January 13, 2021
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and Senate Finance Committee, today met virtually with President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra.Read More
January 12, 2021
Senators Hassan, Shaheen Join Colleagues in Urging Trump Administration to Immediately Address Significant COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Failures
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined their colleagues in urging the Trump administration to immediately fix the significant failures of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution as COVID-19 cases continue to climb. The letter was led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, on which Senator Hassan serves.Read More
January 11, 2021
Senator Hassan’s Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Against Counterfeit Medical Products Signed Into Law
WASHINGTON - Bipartisan legislation to help protect patients from counterfeit medical products has been signed into law. The Safeguarding Therapeutics Act was introduced in the Senate last year by Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and former Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) and in the House by Representatives Brett Guthrie (R-KY-2) and Eliot Engel (D-NY-16).Read More
December 27, 2020
WASHINGTON - President Trump today signed into law a year-end government funding package with substantial COVID-19 relief for Granite Staters based on a bipartisan compromise that Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) helped negotiate. The package also includes a number of other priorities that Senator Hassan fought for, including provisions to help end surprise medical billing, which Senator Hassan has led bipartisan efforts on for the past two years.Read More