Press Releases

October 01, 2020

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Join in Introducing Legislation to Stop Surprise Medical Bills for COVID-19 Tests

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined Senator Tina Smith (D-MN), along with a group of their colleagues, in introducing the Stop COVID-19 Test Surprise Medical Bills Act to protect Granite Staters and all Americans from unanticipated COVID-19 test charges. The measure clarifies that insurers cannot refuse to cover medically necessary tests, directs federal health officials to help ensure providers and insurers understand how to submit claims to protect patients from surprise bills, and strengthens price transparency requirements. The legislation builds on Senator Hassan’s efforts to end the practice of surprise medical billing, including by leading a bipartisan group of her colleagues in introducing the STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act to end this practice.

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October 01, 2020

Maine and New Hampshire Senators Call on President to Ease Restrictions on U.S.-Canada Travel

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Angus King (I-ME), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) called on President Trump to reevaluate the ongoing restrictions currently placed on non-essential travel across the U.S.-Canada border.  At this time, the risks of significant cross-border transmission of COVID-19 in numerous border jurisdictions appear to be low.

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October 01, 2020

Shaheen & Hassan Call on Trump Administration to Take Action to Protect Workers from COVID-19

(Washington, DC) — U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined a group of Senators in sending a letter to U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Eugene Scalia urging him to follow his mission to assure worker safety and health and take immediate, strong action to protect workers from COVID-19 exposure, illness, and death on the job. Secretary Scalia, the Senators wrote, should instruct the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring employers to develop and implement a comprehensive plan to protect workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter was led by U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).

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September 30, 2020

NH Delegation Announces $628K for NH to Support Family-Based Programs & Services for Incarcerated Parents with Young Children

(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 with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that DOJ awarded $628,472 to the New Hampshire Department of Justice through funding from the Office of Justice Programs. The funding will be used to strengthen and expand mental health and family support services in detention and correctional facilities to incarcerated parents with children younger than the age of 18. By increasing access to services that support their needs, the funding will help improve communication between inmates and their families, promote a successful reentry into society and reduce recidivism rates following their release.

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September 30, 2020

House Passes Portman, Hassan Bipartisan Legislation to Modernize Federal Government’s Use of Latest Technology

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing their bipartisan Modernization Centers of Excellence Program Act that will accelerate the adoption of the latest technologies by government agencies. This legislation expands upon Senator Portman’s bipartisan Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Government Act, which codifies an AI Center of Excellence (CoE) within the General Services Administration to provide technical expertise to relevant government agencies; advise agencies on the procurement of AI technology; and promote U.S. competitiveness through agency and industry cooperation. Inspired by Senator Portman’s legislation, GSA created the AI CoE last year. The Modernization Centers of Excellence Program Act lays out the responsibilities that all of GSA’s CoEs should have and harmonizes their roles to strengthen the government’s technology expertise beyond just AI. The legislation awaits consideration in the Senate.

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September 30, 2020

Senators Hassan, Cramer, Cassidy Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support New Veterans During Transition to Civilian Life

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen and codify the Solid Start program, created by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) last year, to contact every veteran multiple times by phone in the first year after they leave active duty to check in and help connect them to VA programs and benefits.

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September 29, 2020

NH Delegation Announces $557K to NH Community Loan Fund to Support Small Businesses & Promote Economic Growth in Granite State Communities

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) the award of $557,000 in federal funding to the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund to support small businesses and promote economic growth in Granite State communities. The award was allocated by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund), which enables CDFIs like the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund to increase lending and investment activity in low-income and economically distressed communities in the Granite State and across the nation.

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September 29, 2020

Senator Hassan Discusses Strengthening North Country Economy, Expanding Affordable Housing During Virtual Tour of PAK Solutions in Lancaster

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan discussed the importance of strengthening the North Country economy and expanding affordable housing during a virtual tour of PAK Solutions in Lancaster. PAK Solutions is a manufacturer and distributer of flexible packaging products and employs 87 full-time staff members in their Lancaster facility. Learn more here.

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September 29, 2020

Senators Hassan, Cassidy Introduce Bipartisan Bills to Increase Maternal Vaccination Rates

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) introduced two bipartisan bills to increase maternal vaccination rates and ensure that these vaccines are free of cost for Medicaid enrollees. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that pregnant patients receive a flu shot, as well as the tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine, which helps prevent whooping cough in newborns and infants.

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September 28, 2020

Senator Hassan: “This Nomination Should be Seen for Exactly What it is: an Attempt to Overturn the Affordable Care Act”

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement on President Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court. In 2017, Senator Hassan voted against Judge Barrett’s nomination to her current position on the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

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September 25, 2020

Following Efforts from Senator Hassan, EPA Approves Disposal Site That Will be Used for Rye Harbor Dredging Materials

WASHINGTON – Following efforts from U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it has designated an Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site at Isles of Shoals North, which will help serve Rye Harbor when it begins its dredging project this fall. Senator Hassan advocated for the continued authorization of this critical disposal site last year, and worked with Senator Shaheen and Representative Pappas earlier this year to secure $4 million for the Rye Harbor dredging project.  

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September 25, 2020

Senator Hassan Recognizes Kristina Folcik of Tamworth as September’s Granite Stater of the Month

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan recognized Kristina Folcik of Tamworth as September’s Granite Stater of the Month. As an endurance athlete and survivor of domestic violence, Kristina recently completed a 100-mile nonstop hike across part of New Hampshire’s Appalachian Trail in tribute to women in abusive relationships. She became the first person to ever complete that portion of the trail in one continuous trek. 

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September 25, 2020

Senator Hassan, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Improve Mental Wellness for Veterans

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), a combat veteran, and Doug Jones (D-AL) in introducing bipartisan legislation to help improve mental wellness for veterans. The Senators’ bipartisan bill would designate one week per year as “Buddy Check Week” to organize outreach events and educate veterans on how to conduct peer wellness checks.

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September 25, 2020

Senators Hassan, Paul Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Save Taxpayer Dollars and Eliminate Duplicative Government Programs

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Chairman of the Subcommittee, introduced bipartisan legislation to save taxpayer dollars and eliminate duplicative government programs.

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September 24, 2020

Senator Hassan Presses FBI Director on Agency’s Efforts to Combat Opioid Trafficking on the Dark Web

WASHINGTON – During the Senate Homeland Security Committee’s annual Threats to the Homeland hearing, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) questioned FBI Director Christopher Wray on combating illegal drug trafficking on the dark web, ransomware threats, and counterterrorism efforts.   

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September 23, 2020

On Senate Floor, Hassan Honors Justice Ginsburg’s Legacy, Denounces Republicans’ Hypocrisy in Rushing to Fill her Seat & Overturn Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON – In a Senate floor speech last night, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan honored the legacy of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and denounced Senate Republicans for trying to ignore the precedent that they set and instead rush through a Supreme Court nominee instead of working with Democrats on a comprehensive COVID-19 relief bill.

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September 23, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan and Kuster Applaud $3.52 Million Grant to Strengthen Flood Control Infrastructure in Bristol

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representative Annie Kuster (NH-02) issued the following statements in response to the announcement by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) that Bristol will receive a $3.52 million federal grant to make flood control infrastructure improvements that will help protect businesses in the town’s downtown commercial district:

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September 23, 2020

Senator Hassan Secures Commitment from CDC and FDA to Conduct Key Oversight Measures in Vaccine Review Process

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, during a during a Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing today, secured commitments from Dr. Stephen Hahn, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that their agencies would conduct key oversight measures during the COVID-19 vaccine review process to help ensure that any potential COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective and that the American public have confidence in the vaccine.

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September 23, 2020

Shaheen & Hassan Join Senate Call to Ensure Landmark Agent Orange Exposure Bill is Included in Final Annual Defense Legislation

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) – the Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee – and a group of lawmakers on a letter to the Senate and House Armed Services Committees as they negotiate the final text of the fiscal year (FY) 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), urging the lawmakers to include a landmark Agent Orange exposure bill. The bill, which was included as an amendment to the Senate version of the annual defense legislation that overwhelmingly cleared the chamber in July, would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide benefits to veterans suffering from conditions related to their exposure to the dangerous pesticide Agent Orange.

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September 23, 2020

Senator Hassan Presses for Details on DHS Counterterrorism Efforts, PPE for Schools and Communities During Homeland Security Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON – During the nomination hearing for Chad Wolf to be Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) pressed for answers on the Department’s work to address threats from ISIS and shortcomings in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) efforts to ensure schools and communities have the personal protective equipment that they need amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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