May 12, 2017

Senator Hassan Celebrates Older Americans Month at New Hampshire Association of Senior Centers Conference

Senator Hassan Celebrates Older Americans Month at New Hampshire Association of Senior Centers Conference

CONCORD - Marking Older Americans Month, Senator Maggie Hassan today addressed the New Hampshire Association of Senior Centers Conference, emphasizing the importance of ensuring that older Granite Staters have the support they need to remain active participants in economic and civic life in New Hampshire.

"Older Americans deserve a high quality of life, with opportunities to stay active and engaged in their communities, and it is critical to ensure that we are doing everything possible to ensure that seniors have the support that they need," Senator Hassan said. "I'm cosponsoring bipartisan bills to make prescription drugs more affordable and to make certain hearing aids available over-the-counter. I am fighting President Trump's proposed budget cuts that would undermine programs that support older Americans and I am speaking out against the Trumpcare bill that would increase health care costs for many older Americans. I will continue working with members of both parties to protect critical programs that older Americans rely on."

Senator Hassan helped introduce the Improving Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs Act, whichwould help ensure that drug companies put patients before profits and bring much-needed relief to families and seniors, including many who have had to make the impossible choice between paying for a life-saving drug and putting food on the table. Senator Hassan also helped introduce the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017, which would make certain types of hearing aids available over the counter to Americans with mild to moderate hearing impairment. Yesterday, the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act in the committee's markup of the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017.

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