Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Representing the 2nd District of New Hampshire
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Improving Access to Affordable Health Care

It is my goal to help ensure that all Granite State families have access to affordable, quality health care.  I am committed to working with the business community and all stakeholders in a fiscally responsible way to lower the skyrocketing cost of medical care.  If both parties work together, we can crack down on waste, fraud, and abuse within the health care system, reduce overpayments to insurance companies, and start paying health care providers for how well they treat patients, rather than how often.

To improve access to health care for New Hampshire families, I am taking the following steps:

  • Addressing the Opioid & Addiction Crisis: We are facing a public health emergency in New Hampshire with opioid and heroin addiction/overdose. That’s why I co-founded the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic in the last congress, and why I fought for passage of the landmark Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (S.524). I also fought to include funding to address the opioid crisis in the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R.6), and I introduced Carl’s Law (H.R. 5601), which would require any medication that contains an opiate to include a warning on its label identifying the presence of opioids and the possibility of drug-seeking behavior.

 

  • Supporting Biomedical Research: Research done by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) helps develop better tools to effectively detect, manage, and potentially cure a wide range of diseases afflicting families in New Hampshire and across the world. I recognize that this funding is critical for NIH to sustain its mission of improving health through scientific breakthroughs and maintaining international leadership in biomedical and pharmaceutical research.  That is why I urged congressional leaders to approve robust funding for the NIH and its critical mission, supported making the research and development tax credit permanent, and am fighting to reverse the damaging impact of sequestration on research programs. Additionally, I supported the 21st Century Cures Act because it included billions of dollars in additional funding to innovative and groundbreaking medical technology and techniques.

 

  • Fighting Alzheimer’s Disease: Among the top ten leading causes of death in America, Alzheimer's is the only one without a proven way to prevent it, cure it, or even slow its progression. This disease is deeply personal to me and I coauthored a book with my mother, Susan McLane, about her experience with Alzheimer's. That's why I am a proud cosponsor of the Health Outcomes, Planning, and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer's Act (H.R. 1507), which would improve access to diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, as well as to care planning services for newly diagnosed individuals and their families. As a member of the Bipartisan Congressional Taskforce on Alzheimer’s Disease, I will continue to work with my colleagues to advocate for robust funding for medical research and to increase support to Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers. I also supported the nearly $2 billion of funding to the BRAIN Initiative found within the 21st Century Cures Act. This initiative would focus on finding cures and treatments to brain disorders, especially Alzheimer’s.

To help strengthen New Hampshire’s health care system, I am member of the Children’s Health Care Caucus, the Bipartisan Alzheimer’s Disease Task Force, the Congressional Mental Health Caucus, Congressional Military Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Caucus, and the Biomedical Research Caucus.

 

More on Improving Access to Affordable Health Care

Feb 21, 2017 Event

The price of the naloxone injector Evzio recently increased from $690 to $4,500 per two pack

Feb 21, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) -  Today, Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) are demanding answers behind the dramatic price increase of naloxone injector Evzio from $690 to $4,500 for a pack of two. Kuster and Shea-Porter joined more than 70 of their colleagues in asking Kaléo Pharmaceuticals, the developer of Evzio, for an explanation behind the dramatic price increase. The opioid addiction epidemic has had a devastating impact on communities and families throughout New Hampshire.

Feb 17, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on the Republican proposal plan to replace the Affordable Care Act outlined by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan:

Feb 17, 2017 Event

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on the Republican proposal plan to replace the Affordable Care Act outlined by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan:

Feb 16, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) voted against a misguided Republican proposal to weaken the Title X national family planning program by rolling back a Title X rule designed to shield family planning clinics across the country from partisan state-level defunding efforts. The Title X rule, which today the House voted to eliminate, prevents organizations from being barred from funding for reasons other than their ability to provide Title X services.

Feb 16, 2017 Event

More than 17,000 Granite Staters access family planning services though the Title X funding

Feb 15, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) Yesterday, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) joined nearly 160 of her congressional colleagues in calling on Speaker Ryan to stop Republicans’ attacks on women’s healthcare. Later this week, the House will consider a measure that would roll back a Title X rule designed to shield family planning clinics across the country from partisan state-level defunding efforts.

Feb 15, 2017 Event

Kuster, Congressional Colleagues Call on Speaker Ryan to End Attacks on Women’s Health Care

(Washington, DC) Yesterday, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) joined nearly 160 of her congressional colleagues in calling on Speaker Ryan to stop Republicans’ attacks on women’s healthcare. Later this week, the House will consider a measure that would roll back a Title X rule designed to shield family planning clinics across the country from partisan state-level defunding efforts.

Feb 8, 2017 Event

Kuster received CADCA’s Congressional Leadership Award for her efforts to address addiction

Feb 8, 2017 Press Release

Kuster received CADCA’s Congressional Leadership Award for her efforts to address addiction