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Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Representing the 2nd District of New Hampshire

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

Jan 17, 2020 Catching up with Annie

Dear Friend,

Combating the Opioid Epidemic with Commonsense Solutions

Jan 14, 2020 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today with Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) the award of $735,844 in federal funding to the National Alliance on Mental Illness New Hampshire (NAMI NH) that will bolster the organization’s youth suicide prevention efforts throughout New Hampshire. This grant was distributed through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMSHA) Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Suicide Prevention Program.

Jan 10, 2020 Catching up with Annie

Dear Friend, 

Lowering Prescription Drug Costs

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Jan 6, 2020 Event

Concord, NH – Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) joined Granite State Progress for a discussion on H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act – historic legislation passed by the House in December that would lower the price of prescription drugs for all Americans by empowering Medicare to negotiate directly with drug companies.

Jan 6, 2020 Press Release

Concord, NH – Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) joined Granite State Progress for a discussion on H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act – historic legislation passed by the House in December that would lower the price of prescription drugs for all Americans by empowering Medicare to negotiate directly with drug companies.

Dec 18, 2019 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02), issued the following statement condemning the Fifth Circuit Court ruling on the Trump Administration-supported lawsuit to overturn the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA protects the tens of millions of Americans with preexisting conditions, reduces out-of-pocket costs, expands Medicaid, bans junk insurance plans, and allows Americans to stay on their parents’ health insurance plans until the age of 26.

Dec 13, 2019 Catching up with Annie

Dear Friend, 

Lowering the Price of Prescription Drugs

Dec 12, 2019 Press Release

**H.R. 3 also include Kuster’s bill to ensure Medicare Beneficiaries are enrolled in a plan that best suits their needs**

Nov 22, 2019 Press Release

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Finding Bipartisan Solutions to Curb the Opioid Epidemic

Nov 22, 2019 In The News

WINDHAM — The potential of increases in health care costs for small businesses around the state took center stage during a morning roundtable discussion.

U.S. Congresswoman Annie Kuster, a Democrat representing New Hampshire's 2nd District, joined local business leaders and local legislators Friday morning at the A.J. Letizio Enterprise Center in Windham to talk about what the Health Insurance Tax, or HIT, would mean to small businesses in the Granite State if  implemented.