April 05, 2019

At University of New Hampshire Law School Forum, Senator Hassan Discusses Bipartisan Efforts to Tackle Rising Costs of Health Care

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Senator Hassan at UNH Law School discussing bipartisan efforts to tackle the rising costs of health care.

CONCORD – Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, delivered remarks today at a University of New Hampshire (UNH) School of Law forum on the rising costs of health care, where she discussed her bipartisan efforts to lower health care costs for hard-working Granite Staters and all Americans.

“One of the top issues I hear about from people across New Hampshire is their concern with the rising costs of health care, which threaten their health and economic security,” Senator Hassan said. “From tackling surprise medical bills to lowering the cost of prescription drugs, I am focused on working across the aisle to ensure that Granite Staters and Americans have access to affordable, quality health care. I will also continue to stand up against the Trump Administration’s relentless attempts to unravel the Affordable Care Act, which would raise health care costs and rip away coverage from millions of Americans.”

The forum titled “Addressing Health Care Costs Today: Key Federal and State Strategies” was presented by UNH Health Law and Policy Programs and The Concord Coalition, and hosted by the Warren B. Rudman Center. To learn more about the forum, click here

Senator Hassan has been a leader in the fight to make health care more affordable, and continues to speak out against the Trump Administration’s dangerous efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and take away protections for patients with pre-existing conditions. In an effort to lower the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs, the Senator cosponsored comprehensive legislation that would allow for the safe importation of prescription drugs from places like Canada and would also allow for Medicare to negotiate the price of prescription drugs. Senator Hassan also introduced legislation to end surprise medical billing for emergency care or care that patients thought was in their insurance network. The Senator continues to work across party lines to find a bipartisan path forward to eliminate surprise medical bills and take patients out of the middle of disputes between their providers and insurers. Recently, a bipartisan measure Senator Hassan cosponsored to close a loophole that allows the pharmaceutical industry to exploit taxpayer dollars passed the Senate and the House of Representatives.

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