Press Releases

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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March 21, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan & Baldwin Call for No Junk Plans Act and Enrollment Assistance in Economic Stimulus Response Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread throughout the United States, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) are leading a letter to Senate leadership calling for the COVID-19 economic stimulus response legislation to include the No Junk Plans Act, as well as a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) and additional funding for outreach and enrollment. This would overturn the Trump administration’s expansion of junk health insurance plans that don’t have to provide comprehensive health care coverage and help ensure that Americans have the ability to sign up for coverage during this public health emergency.

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March 21, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan Call for Increased Funding for Schools and Education Support Professionals Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) and their colleagues in calling for increased federal funding for schools and school employees, such as cafeteria staff, bus drivers, and custodians, who are working overtime to support their communities during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. As the pandemic continues, schools are continuing to provide essential services in their communities, from providing meals to implementing distance learning to serving as community hubs. Given these demands, the senators wrote to Senate appropriators to request additional funding for schools and their employees.

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March 21, 2020

Hassan Joins Shaheen, Bipartisan Group of Northern Border Senators in Call to President to Address Impact of U.S-Canada Border Closure and Quarantines on Medical & Other Essential Supply Chains

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan joined a bipartisan group of Senators representing states along the United States-Canada border in a letter led by Senator Jeanne Shaheen to President Trump calling on him to consider necessary exemptions to protect public health and safety for businesses and individuals affected by travel restrictions from closing the U.S.-Canadian border, as well as enforcement mandated by quarantines. The bipartisan letter highlights concerns regarding the border closure’s effect on the supply chains of companies that produce or provide essential goods and services. The northern border closure began March 21st. The letter also urges the President to consider the impact on families living in border communities.

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March 21, 2020

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Introduce Bill to Help Mitigate COVID-19 Risk to Seniors and People with Disabilities

WASHINGTON – Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen joined with Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Ranking Member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, to introduce a bill to mitigate the risks that COVID-19 poses to seniors and people who experience disabilities. The Coronavirus Relief for Seniors and People with Disabilities Act would address critical health and financial needs of older adults, people with disabilities, home health workers and family caregivers.

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March 20, 2020

Governor and NH Congressional Delegation Urge President to Help Speed Up the Distribution and Production of Critical Medical Supplies

WASHINGTON - New Hampshire's Governor and Congressional Delegation today urged President Trump to take additional action to swiftly get critical medical supplies such as personal protective equipment, swabs for diagnostic testing, and ventilators to New Hampshire and states across the country. The letter from Governor Sununu, Senators Hassan and Shaheen, and Representatives Kuster and Pappas thanks President Trump for his announcement today that he will use the Defense Production Act to help … Continue Reading

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