Press Releases

April 02, 2020

Senator Hassan, Colleagues Press Administration to Further Support Children in Child Welfare System Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and other colleagues in urging the Trump Administration to issue national guidance to child welfare agencies that are continuing to protect and support children during the COVID-19 outbreak. In a letter sent to Vice President Mike Pence and the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, the senators urged the administration to issue comprehensive guidance to ensure that youth have access to the full range of support services required to meet their educational, health, and housing needs, regardless of where they live.

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April 02, 2020

NH Delegation Announces $11.7 Million From New COVID-19 Law to Help NH’s Vulnerable Homeless Population & Provide Support to Community Health Facilities, Food Banks and Other Community Services

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a negotiator of the recent COVID-19 economic response bill, and Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced today that New Hampshire is set to receive $11.7 million in additional funding to assist New Hampshire’s vulnerable homeless population and to address other local needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was recently passed by Congress and signed into law last week. Funds in this announcement come in addition to the $1.25 billion in aid that the new law provides to compensate New Hampshire for COVID-19 response efforts and the $147 million for schools, transit, law enforcement, child care, low-income heating and other needs that the Delegation announced on Tuesday to help the state through this crisis. The funds announced today will be administered through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program, and can be used to expand community health facilities, child care centers, food banks and senior services, as well as supporting eviction prevention, rental deposit assistance and homelessness prevention programs.

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April 01, 2020

Following Calls from Hassan, Brown, and Colleagues, Treasury Reverses Course and Says Social Security Beneficiaries Do Not Need to File Tax Returns to Receive COVID-19 Direct Cash Assistance

WASHINGTON – Tonight, following calls from Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and colleagues, the U.S. Treasury Department announced that Social Security recipients will automatically receive direct cash assistance included in the CARES Act without having to file tax returns.

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April 01, 2020

Kuster, Hassan Hold Call with New Hampshire Small Businesses on COVID-19 Planning, Preparation and Impact

Concord, NH - Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) held a call with local business leaders to discuss planning, preparation and impact of COVID-19 on New Hampshire businesses. Kuster and Hassan heard directly from local business leaders in the state, including the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs, the Small Business Administration, and the New Hampshire Bankers Association. 

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April 01, 2020

In Recognition of Census Day, Senator Hassan Urges Everyone to Participate in This Year’s Census

WASHINGTON – In recognition of Census Day, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan is urging everyone to participate in this year’s census. The census helps ensure that federal dollars are appropriately distributed to communities across the country to help them invest in services like schools, hospitals, and highways, and it is also used to determine political representation in Congress.

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April 01, 2020

Hassan, Brown, Colleagues Call for Social Security Recipients to Get CARES Act Direct Cash Assistance Without Having to File Tax Return

WASHINGTON – While the CARES Act that the president signed into law last week ensured that the Treasury Department had the authority to send automatic direct cash assistance to Social Security beneficiaries regardless of whether they file taxes or not, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released contradictory guidance earlier this week stating that Social Security beneficiaries would need to file tax returns in order to receive direct payments. 

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March 31, 2020

Following Outreach from Hassan & Shaheen, Major Insurance Companies Announce Policy to Waive Cost-Sharing for COVID-19 Expenses, Including Testing and Treatment

WASHINGTON – Following outreach from U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen, two major insurance companies, Humana and Cigna, have announced that they will waive in-network and out-of-network cost-sharing for COVID-19 medical expenses, which includes testing and treatment, for both presumptive and confirmed COVID-19 cases. Humana and Cigna’s decision comes after Senators Hassan and Shaheen urged insurance companies to cover all COVID-19-related treatment and services without cost-sharing requirements, which would allow Granite Staters and Americans to get tested, assessed, and treated without the fear of unexpected medical bills.

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March 31, 2020

NH Congressional Delegation Calls on the President to Swiftly Approve Governor Sununu’s Disaster Declaration Request

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen and U.S. Representatives Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas called on President Donald Trump to swiftly approve Governor Chris Sununu’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration for New Hampshire in response to COVID-19.

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March 31, 2020

Senator Hassan, Colleagues Urge Administration to Address Child Care Needs of Frontline Workers

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) led her colleagues in urging the Office of Child Care at the Department of Health and Human Services to take additional steps to expand child care options for health care workers and others on the frontlines responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as provide critical guidance to child care providers to ensure that they are taking appropriate action to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 at centers that remain open.

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March 31, 2020

NH Delegation Announces $147 Million in Additional Funding That NH Can Expect From New Law to Respond to COVID-19

(Washington, DC)—U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a negotiator of the recent COVID-19 economic response legislation, and Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced $147 million that New Hampshire can expect from this new law that was signed by the President on Friday. This funding is in addition to the $1.25 billion that the state will receive to compensate for COVID-19 emergency response efforts. Further allocations to New Hampshire through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and other response legislation will be announced as they become available.  

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March 27, 2020

Senator Hassan Applauds House Passage of Bipartisan COVID-19 Response Package

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement after the House passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that the Senate passed unanimously on Thursday. The legislation now heads to the president’s desk for signature.

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March 27, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan & Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Federal Trade Commission to Protect Seniors from Coronavirus Scams

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent a letter with 32 of their colleagues to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), urging it to protect seniors from coronavirus-related scams. In response to the recent increase in these scams, the letter to FTC Chairman Joseph Simons calls on the FTC to better inform seniors about coronavirus scams and assist victims in understanding their recourse options to ensure that seniors are protected from those attempting to financially exploit them during the pandemic. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) led the bipartisan effort.

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March 26, 2020

The President Signs Into Law Bipartisan Legislation Cosponsored by Senators Hassan, Shaheen to Reauthorize the Older Americans Act

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump signed into law bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen to reauthorize the Older Americans Act, which will strengthen and increase funding for Meals on Wheels and other programs critical to older Americans.

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March 26, 2020

NH Delegation Expresses Concern Over Delayed & Inadequate Medical Supplies Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Calls for Agencies to Expedite Resources and Provide Guidance to NH Health Care Providers

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) sent a letter last night to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor, expressing their deep concern over the agencies’ poor response to New Hampshire’s call for medical supplies, including personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators.

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March 26, 2020

Senator Hassan Applauds Passage of Latest Bipartisan COVID-19 Response Package

WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan applauded Senate passage of the latest bipartisan COVID-19 response package: "This bipartisan legislation will help provide the support that Granite Staters need right now as they grapple with the fallout of this unprecedented epidemic," Senator Hassan said. "I appreciate the good-faith efforts by my colleagues on both sides of the aisle that led to a much stronger bipartisan COVID-19 response bill. This bipartisan legislation provides direct financial assi… Continue Reading


March 24, 2020

President Signs into Law Bipartisan Bill Cosponsored by Senators Hassan, Shaheen to Improve Accuracy of FCC’s Broadband Maps

WASHINGTON – As communities in New Hampshire and across the country experience an even greater need for reliable broadband amid the COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump signed into law bipartisan legislation cosponsored by U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen to improve the accuracy of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) broadband maps, which help determine where billions of dollars in federal funding is distributed for broadband expansion.

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March 24, 2020

Hassan, Colleagues Urge Administration to Help Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence During COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and other colleagues in a bipartisan letter to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice urging the agencies to do more to support organizations that help victims and survivors of domestic violence.

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March 23, 2020

Senator Hassan Marks 10th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON – On the 10th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act being signed into law, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement:

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March 23, 2020

Hassan, Shaheen, and Bipartisan Colleagues Call for FEMA to Help Individuals, States Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen joined a bipartisan group of senators to urge President Trump to exercise authorities used in the wake of natural disasters to provide direct emergency assistance to individuals and families, and expand assistance to state and local governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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March 23, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan Announce New Legislation to Scale Up Made in America Production of Medical Supplies and Personal Protective Equipment For Hospitals and Health Care Workers

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) announced new legislation with Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) to expedite the procurement of medical equipment, under the Defense Production Act (DPA), to combat the spread of coronavirus. Despite multiple announcements, President Donald Trump has not utilized the federal government’s entire authority under DPA, so Shaheen, Hassan and Baldwin’s legislation would require the President to do so in order to quickly tap into the industrial base to produce and ensure access to supplies, including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), for health care workers on the frontlines of this pandemic.

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