October 31, 2019

Senator Hassan Votes to Advance Bipartisan Kay Hagan TICK Act, Additional Health Priorities for New Hampshire at HELP Committee Meeting

TICK Act Would Help Combat Increasingly Common Tick-Borne Diseases Such as Lyme Disease in New Hampshire and Across the Country

To watch Senator Hassan’s remarks on the Kay Hagan TICK Act, click here.

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today joined her colleagues on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (HELP) Committee in voting to pass critical health priorities for New Hampshire, including the bipartisan Kay Hagan TICK Act, which the Senator cosponsored and is named for former North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan, who succumbed to the tick-borne disease encephalitis earlier this week.

“All across the country tick- and vector-borne diseases are becoming increasingly common, especially in regions like New England that already see high rates of tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease. I’m glad that we moved forward today on the bipartisan Kay Hagan TICK Act,” Senator Hassan said. “I am also pleased that we passed other critical priorities out of our committee that will help improve the health and safety of Granite Staters, and I look forward to working across the aisle to get these important bills signed into law.”  

In addition to voting to advance the Kay Hagan Tick Act, Senator Hassan also supported other bipartisan bills that passed out of committee today, including bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Healthy Start program that works to reduce infant mortality rates and a bipartisan bill to bolster recruitment and retention of nurses.

As a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pension Committee, Senator Hassan has prioritized improving maternal and infant health, along with bolstering the health care workforce. The President last year signed into law two bills that Senator Hassan cosponsored to help prevent maternal deaths and reduce shortages in maternity care. Senator Hassan also recently joined her colleagues in introducing legislation to support in-home direct care workers following her visit to Senior Helpers of the Greater Seacoast, where she discussed the importance of investing in workforce development initiatives to address these sorts of job shortages in the state.