Press Releases

October 23, 2020

Senator Hassan Calls for Answers on Private Equity Groups' Impact on Surprise Medical Bills & Clinical Independence

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) is calling for answers from the Healthcare Private Equity Association about the impact of private equity investment in the health care sector.

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October 23, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan to Attorney General William Barr: Stop Efforts to Gut the Affordable Care Act in Court

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), along with 18 Senators, sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr, urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) to rescind its support of the Supreme Court lawsuit that seeks to invalidate the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the letter, the Senators highlight how health insurance protections for millions of Americans are at stake in light of the current Supreme Court nomination fight and the ways in which health insurers could discriminate against millions more people who contract COVID-19 if the pre-existing protections in the ACA are gutted.

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October 22, 2020

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Health Care for World War II and Women Veterans

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan is cosponsoring two pieces of bipartisan legislation to help connect Word War II and women veterans with the health care services that they need and have earned.

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October 21, 2020

Senators Hassan and Whitehouse Statement on DOJ Settlement with Purdue Pharma

WASHINGTON – Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement today on the settlement reached by the U.S. Department of Justice and opioid maker Purdue Pharma:

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October 21, 2020

Senators Hassan, Cornyn Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support National Guard's Role in Cybersecurity

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced a bipartisan bill to support the National Guard’s role in helping state and local governments improve their cybersecurity infrastructure. 

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October 20, 2020

Senators Hassan, Young Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Innovative Businesses and Startups' Research and Development

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Todd Young (R-IN), both members of the Senate Finance Committee, introduced the bipartisan American Innovation and Jobs Act to support research and development (R&D) investments by innovative small businesses and startups. 

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October 19, 2020

Shaheen & Hassan Call for Swift Release of Heating Assistance Help

(Washington, DC) – With colder weather approaching and energy costs projected to increase this winter, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and a group of Senators urged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to release funds for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) as swiftly and at the highest level possible under the current continuing resolution. HHS typically releases 90 percent of the $3.7 billion full year appropriation under a continuing resolution. The letter was led by U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME).

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October 19, 2020

Shaheen & Hassan-Cosponsored Bills to Address Veterans’ Mental Health, Award Congressional Gold Medal to WWII U.S. Army Special Operators & Establish Three-Digit National Suicide Hotline Signed into Law

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) issued the following statements after three bipartisan bills they cosponsored were signed into law, including the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act, the Merrill’s Marauders Congressional Gold Medal Act and the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act.

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October 18, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan & Kuster Announce More than $784K to Support Climate Change Research Led by NH Small Business

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representative Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Creare LLC in Hanover $784,347 in federal funds in support of climate change research. Specifically, the funding was awarded through DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program, which seeks to fund the creation of high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that will develop new ways for Americans to get, use and store energy. The award is an investment in carbon emissions reduction technology research and will support Creare’s development of a low-cost air contactor that will capture carbon dioxide from the air so that it can be recovered, concentrated and stored. Senator Shaheen is a strong supporter of robust funding for small business research innovation programs like ARPA-E and has continuously led successful efforts to prevent funding for ARPA-E from being eliminated.

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October 16, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan & Kuster Announce $26M in Federal Support for New Senior Housing Facility in Franklin

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representative Annie Kuster (NH-02) that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded the Peabody Home in Franklin $26 million in direct loans to construct a senior housing facility. The federal dollars were awarded through the USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program. As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Shaheen fights to secure and boost funding for this program at the USDA each year in government funding legislation.

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October 16, 2020

Hassan, Colleagues Urge Trump Administration to Better Track COVID-19 in Congregate Care Facilities to Protect People with Disabilities and Older Adults

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senators Patty Murray (D-WI) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in urging Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma to protect people with disabilities and older adults and finally expand data collection and reporting on COVID-19 cases in congregate care facilities—including assisted living facilities, institutions for people with disabilities, and mental health facilities. Despite the importance of data collection for identifying and responding to COVID-19 outbreaks, current gaps in CMS guidance are leaving many people with disabilities and older Americans at risk.

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October 16, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan, NH Delegation Announce $1.75M to Establish New Family Drug Court Program

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Department of Justice (DOJ), announced that the DOJ has awarded the New Hampshire Judicial Branch (NHJB) $1.75 million to establish a new family drug court program. The grant will fund a Family Treatment Court (FTC) pilot project in Sullivan County to help enhance access to services for children and families experiencing abuse and neglect, and those impacted by substance use disorder (SUD) and/or mental illness. This will be the state’s first FTC and serve as a pilot program for potential additional FTCs in other counties throughout the state. Senator Shaheen has encouraged DOJ to expand this program in recent years.

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October 15, 2020

Senator Hassan Leads Colleagues in Asking FDA to Outline its Process for Ensuring a Future COVID-19 Vaccine is Safe for Older Adults

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) is leading her colleagues in requesting that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) outline its process for ensuring that a future COVID-19 vaccine is safe for older adults.

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October 15, 2020

Senator Hassan Works to Ensure VA Benefits Are Not Delayed Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan is working to ensure that veterans receive their Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits in a timely fashion after hearing from New Hampshire veterans who have experienced delays in receiving their benefits due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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October 14, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan & Kuster Announce More than $267K for Franklin School District to Bolster School Safety & Support Mental Health Services for Students

(Manchester, NH) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that funds the Department of Justice (DOJ), announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representative Annie Kuster (NH-02) that the DOJ has awarded $267,595 to the Franklin School District through DOJ’s Students, Teachers, Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Grant Program. Specifically, the funds will be used by the district to support its Office of School Wellness, which provides assistance to students who have suffered from trauma and adverse childhood experiences. By supporting the office’s critical work in educating youth, training school personnel, enriching community partnerships, developing intervention methods and improving services available to students in need, the funds will contribute to a positive, safe environment for students to learn.

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October 13, 2020

Following Efforts Led by Senator Hassan, USDA Agrees to Fully Extend School Nutrition Program Through End of 2020-2021 School Year

WASHINGTON – Following efforts led by U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) agreed to fully extend school meal waivers through the end of the 2020-2021 school year, giving schools the flexibility that they need to fully serve students whether or not they are attending school in person.

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October 13, 2020

Senator Hassan, Colleagues Urge Postmaster General DeJoy to Immediately Address Impacts to Election Mail Delivery Caused by USPS Failure to Update Voter Address Changes

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee which oversees the United States Postal Service (USPS), joined her colleagues in raising concerns to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy about recent reports that for three weeks in August, USPS failed to update address changes in the National Change of Address Linkage database (NCOALink), which most states use to keep voters addresses up to date. In the letter, led by Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Gary Peters (D-MI), the Senators ask the Postmaster General to answer several questions to assure Americans that this error will not impact their ability to safely and securely vote-by-mail in the upcoming general election.

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October 09, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan & Pappas Announce $1 Million for Sanbornville Water Infrastructure Project through NBRC & EDA

(Manchester, NH) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) that the Sanbornville precinct has been awarded $1 million in federal funding to support a comprehensive water infrastructure project that will replace more than two miles of water main piping and finance improvements to the area pump station. Together, these improvements will reduce the threat of temporary business closures due to a lack of water. This grant will be allocated through the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) in coordination with the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC). The announcement follows efforts from Senator Shaheen, who, as lead Democrat on the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee, included language to appropriate federal resources that provide support for communities impacted by forest product closures.

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October 09, 2020

Senator Hassan Holds Virtual Roundtable on Importance of Vaccinations with National and NH Public Health Experts

NEW HAMPSHIRE – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan held a virtual roundtable this week with national and New Hampshire public health experts to discuss preparations underway to administer a potential COVID-19 vaccine and the importance of routine vaccinations – particularly getting a flu shot this year. 

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October 08, 2020

Senator Hassan Pushes for Additional Bipartisan COVID-19 Relief to Support Individuals and Businesses, Improve Fiscal Outlook

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan pushed for additional bipartisan COVID-19 relief to help support individuals and businesses and improve the country's fiscal outlook during a hearing of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth, on which Senator Hassan is the top Democrat.

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