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May 09, 2017

ICYMI: Concord Monitor: Trump pledged to solve the opioid crisis, but is proposing to cut programs that combat it

Key Points: Trump campaigned in New Hampshire on the promise he would end the opioid crisis. Now, treatment advocates here say the president's actions demonstrate he is doing the opposite. "It appears as if what he says and what he's doing don't really compute," said Linda Saunders Paquette, president of the drug treatment advocacy organization New Futures. At a press conference Monday, New Hampshire Sens. Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen took aim at the proposed cuts. "I think it's tota… Continue Reading


May 08, 2017

ICYMI: Senator Maggie Hassan OP-ED: Bill Would Make Hearing Aids Available Over the Counter

WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan penned an op-ed in the Eagle Tribune highlighting a bipartisan bill she helped introduce to make hearing aids for those with mild to moderate hearing loss available over the counter. Even when hearing aids are covered by insurance, older Granite Staters and Americans can still be stuck with bills totaling thousands of dollars. Allowing hearing aids to be sold over-the-counter is a common-sense step - supported on both sides of the aisle - to bring down costs an… Continue Reading


May 04, 2017

ICYMI: Wall Street Journal: Little-Noted Provision of GOP Health Bill Could Alter Employer Plans

WASHINGTON - With the House of Representatives set to vote on Trumpcare today, the Wall Street Journal highlighted how a provision in the bill would negatively affect the roughly fifty percent of Americans who get health insurance through their employers. The provision allows states to eliminate the requirement under the Affordable Care Act that insurers must cover a set of Essential Health Benefits - including substance use disorder and behavioral health services - and would allow insurers to i… Continue Reading


May 01, 2017

ICYMI: Senators Maggie Hassan and Brian Schatz: We Need New Law to Prevent Another United Fiasco

WASHINGTON - Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) penned a CNN opinion piece explaining why we must pass the Transparency, Improvements, and Compensation to Keep Every Ticketholder Safe (or "TICKETS") Act, a bill that they introduced last week to improve consumer protections for flying travelers and to help prevent future incidents like the one that occurred on United Flight 3411. CNN Opinion: We need new law to prevent another United fiasco By Maggie Hassan and Brian Schatz … Continue Reading


April 12, 2017

ICYMI: InDepthNH: Hassan Bill Would Help The North Country By Giving Young Entrepreneurs A Break

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, InDepthNH covered Senator Maggie Hassan's visit to the Women's Rural Entrepreneurship Network in Bethlehem, where she discussed her first bill, the Reigniting Opportunity for Innovators (ROI) Act, with women entrepreneurs. Senator Hassan also spoke about the ROI Act with students and entrepreneurs at the UNH Entrepreneurship Center in Durham and innovative business leaders at Conway Tech Village. Click here for the full story or see below for excerpts: InDepthNH: Hassan… Continue Reading


April 10, 2017

ICYMI: Concord Monitor Highlights Bipartisan Bill Cosponsored by Senator Hassan to Crack Down on Importation of Deadly Drugs

WASHINGTON - Last weekend, the Concord Monitor highlighted the bipartisan STOP Act, which Senator Hassan helped introduce, to crack down on the importation of deadly drugs that are being shipped through our borders to drug traffickers here in the United States. The Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act, ?which Senator Hassan cosponsored with Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and others, is designed to help stop dangerous synthetic drugs like fentanyl and carfentanil from entering … Continue Reading


April 10, 2017

ICYMI: Senator Hassan OP-ED: “Reigniting Opportunity for Young Innovators”

WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Maggie Hassan penned an op-ed in the Union Leader, highlighting her first bill, the Reigniting Opportunity for Innovators (ROI) Act, which would help provide the student loan debt relief necessary for entrepreneurs to start up and grow innovative small businesses in New Hampshire and across the nation. The ROI Act will help boost New Hampshire's economy by allowing founders and full-time employees of small business start-ups certified by Small Business Development Ce… Continue Reading


April 06, 2017

ICYMI: CNN Highlights Contradictions Between Trump's Promises Versus Action on Substance Misuse Crisis

ICYMI - Today, CNN highlighted the contradictions between President Trump's campaign promises versus his Administration's actions regarding the substance misuse crisis: Key Points: The fate of recovering addicts like Farmer, who voted for President Donald Trump in November, were suddenly on the line last month. Republican lawmakers tried to repeal and replace Obamacare, moving a bill that would have eliminated requirements to cover addiction and mental health services in states that expanded… Continue Reading


March 27, 2017

ICYMI: Senator Hassan Joins in Introducing Two Bills to Support Veterans

Senator Also Commends Harbor Homes, Community Leaders on Efforts to Effectively End Veteran Homelessness in the Greater Nashua Area

 

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March 27, 2017

ICYMI: New Hampshire Leads Effort to Treat Overdoses as Crime Scenes

ICYMI: New Hampshire Leads Effort to Treat Overdoses as Crime Scenes Training Program to Prosecute Drug Dealers Established Under then-Governor Hassan’s Leadership WASHINGTON - On Friday, the Associated Press highlighted New Hampshire’s successful training program that educates police officers and prosecutors on how to treat drug overdoses as crime scenes and has become a “blueprint” for other attorneys general across the nation whose states are battling substance misuse. … Continue Reading


March 21, 2017

ICYMI: Vox: “If it wasn’t for insurance, I wouldn’t be here”: how Obamacare’s end would worsen the opioid crisis

Key Points: The Republican bill currently working through Congress, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), would take steps to dismantle Obamacare over the next few years. It would phase out the Medicaid expansion. It would weaken essential health benefits for private plans by eliminating “actuarial value” requirements that require insurers to pay for a certain amount of care — making it so insurers can effectively say that they cover, say, mental health and addiction care without actu… Continue Reading


March 20, 2017

ICYMI: President Trump’s Budget Proposal Called a “Stab in the Back” for New Hampshire’s North Country

ICYMI: President Trump's Budget Proposal Called a "Stab in the Back" for New Hampshire's North Country WASHINGTON - Last week, the Berlin Daily Sun and Union Leader underscored the harmful impact President Trump's budget proposal would have on the health, well-being, and economic stability of New Hampshire's North Country. President Trump's budget proposal includes the elimination of the Northern Border Regional Commission, which has invested millions of dollars to help spur economic and… Continue Reading


March 20, 2017

ICYMI: Seacoast Online Highlights Senator Hassan’s Continued Efforts to Combat Substance Misuse in New Hampshire

WASHINGTON - Over the weekend, Seacoast Online highlighted Senator Hassan's continued efforts at the federal level to combat substance misuse in New Hampshire and help save lives. The article highlighted Senator Hassan's first official speech on the Senate floor last week, where she focused on the urgent need for continued bipartisan federal action to combat the heroin, fentanyl, and opioid crisis in New Hampshire. Senator Hassan also underscored her concerns with Trumpcare and the harmful imp… Continue Reading


March 17, 2017

ICYMI: Senator Hassan Leads Roundtable Discussion at Families First in Portsmouth on Trumpcare’s Impact on New Hampshire

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, Senator Maggie Hassan led a roundtable discussion hosted by Portsmouth community health center Families First with AARP State Director Todd Fahey, health care professionals, patients, and substance misuse treatment professionals who highlighted the "negative impacts of House Republicans' proposed health care bill" would have, "especially on New Hampshire residents with health care coverage for the first time under the Affordable Care Act." Key Points: Senator Maggie Has… Continue Reading


March 16, 2017

ICYMI: Senator Hassan Highlights Need for Continued Federal Action to Combat Substance Misuse Crisis in Maiden Floor Speech

ICYMI: Senator Hassan Highlights Need for Continued Federal Action to Combat Substance Misuse Crisis in Maiden Floor Speech WASHINGTON - Yesterday, Senator Maggie Hassan delivered her first official speech on the U.S. Senate floor, focusing on the need for continued bipartisan federal action to combat the heroin, fentanyl, and opioid crisis. Click here for the full video of Senator Hassan's speech or see below for a recap of coverage: Eagle Tribune: U.S. Sen. Magg… Continue Reading


March 14, 2017

ICYMI: Senators Shaheen, Hassan Highlight Harmful Impact Trumpcare Would Have on Granite Staters

ICYMI: Senators Shaheen, Hassan Highlight Harmful Impact Trumpcare Would Have on Granite Staters WASHINGTON - Yesterday, Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan held a press conference at Concord Hospital where they highlighted the harmful impact that Trumpcare would have on Granite Staters by ending New Hampshire’s bipartisan Medicaid expansion, cutting and capping the traditional Medicaid program, and raising premiums - especially for older Americans - while giving insurance CEOs a ne… Continue Reading


March 10, 2017

ICYMI: Public Health and Substance Misuse Treatment Experts Say Trumpcare “Could Exacerbate the Opioid Crisis”

ICYMI: Public Health and Substance Misuse Treatment Experts Say Trumpcare “Could Exacerbate the Opioid Crisis” WASHINGTON - According to public health and substance misuse treatment experts, Trumpcare “could exacerbate the opioid crisis” by ending Medicaid expansion, cutting and capping the traditional Medicaid program, eliminating provisions requiring Medicaid to cover behavioral health and substance use disorder services, and leaving more individuals uninsured. Here’s what a fe… Continue Reading


March 09, 2017

ICYMI: Senator Hassan Presses FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to Denounce Trump’s Attacks on the First Amendment

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, during a U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation committee hearing, Senator Maggie Hassan pressed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai on whether he agreed with President Trump's comments that the news media is the "enemy of the people." Chairman Pai repeatedly declined to answer, raising concerns about his commitment to protecting the freedom of the press. Click here for video of the exchange or see below for highlights of coverage: CNN: … Continue Reading


March 01, 2017

ICYMI: WMUR Highlights Senator Hassan’s Guest for Presidential Address, Substance Abuse Treatment Advocate Ashley Hurteau

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, WMUR covered Senator Maggie Hassan's guest of honor, substance abuse treatment advocate Ashley Hurteau of Dover, for President Trump's address to a joint session of Congress. Ashley is now in recovery from heroin addiction after she was able to access substance abuse treatment because of New Hampshire's bipartisan Medicaid expansion plan. Click here to read the full article or see below for excerpts: A Dover woman who went from being a heroin addict to helping others ge… Continue Reading


March 01, 2017

ICYMI: Nashua Telegraph Editorial: SALTS Act is the Right Step for New Hampshire

WASHINGTON - Today, The Nashua Telegraph editorial board highlighted the Synthetic Abuse and Labeling of Toxic Substances (SALTS) Act, bipartisan legislation that Senator Maggie Hassan joined in introducing to help make it easier to prosecute the sale and distribution of synthetic substances with high risks of addiction and abuse. The editorial board emphasized the importance of this "common sense legislation" in supporting law enforcement battling the opioid crisis in New Hampshire. Senator Ha… Continue Reading

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