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
(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on the signing of H.J. Res 43 by President Donald Trump. The resolution would allow states to selectively withhold funding to healthcare providers that offer family planning services.
(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the co-chair and co-founder of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, released the following statement on the executive order announced by President Trump creating a Commission to study and make suggestions for how to address the opioid addiction epidemic:
(Washington, DC) –Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Congressman Tom MacArthur (NJ-03), co-chairs of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, joined by members of the Task force, wrote to relevant House Appropriations Subcommittees to call for funding in Fiscal Year 2018 for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). CARA focuses on addressing the opioid addiction epidemic through support for law enforcement, prevention, expansion of evidence-based treatment, and recovery services.
(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on the decision by Republican leadership in the House of Representatives to for a second time postpone a vote on the American Health Care Act:
(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on the decision by House Republicans to delay a vote on the American Health Care Act:
(Washington, DC) – Today it was reported in the Washington Examiner that as many as 7 million veterans could lose access to tax credits for their health insurance under the Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The proposed change comes as a result of yet another late night amendment to appease the Tea Party wing of the Republican party.
(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Kuster (NH-02) joined ninety-five of her Democratic colleagues in urging Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) to submit the revised American Health Care Act (AHCA) to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) for a new score following revisions to the bill made by Congressional Republicans last night. The initial CBO report found that 24 million fewer Americans would have healthcare by 2026 if the AHCA were to become law. It also estimated that 14 million more people would be uninsured next year alone.
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