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
Preserving New Hampshire’s Environment
**Kuster’s Q&A can be watched HERE**
**Proposal would slash funding for the Environmental Protection Agency, Health and Human Services**
**Proposal also includes opioid funding**
Hearing from Granite Staters
On Wednesday evening, I held a town hall meeting at the Plymouth Senior Center to discuss my work in Congress and take questions from Granite Staters. I appreciate everyone who took the time to come out and share their perspective with me. The insights of people throughout New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District are critical as I continue working to combat the opioid epidemic, lower the costs of healthcare and prescription drugs, and fight for New Hampshire priorities.
(Nashua, NH), Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Subcommittee on Health, kicked off her hospital listening tour at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua. Kuster will visit hospitals throughout New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District as she meets with patients and physicians to identify policies that will expand access to quality, affordable healthcare. Kuster has been vocal about the need to make improvements to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to lower costs for consumers.
(Concord, NH) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s rule to impose a domestic gag rule on the Title X family planning program, restricting women’s access to comprehensive healthcare services.
Funding the Government
(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, announced her support of the Medicare Buy-In and Health Care Stabilization Act. This legislation would expand access to Medicare to allow people aged 50 to 64 to buy into the program and authorize the Department of Health and Human Services to negotiate volume discounts on prescription drugs.
Congresswoman Kuster’s full Q&A is available HERE
NASHUA — Harbor Homes, one of the agencies that operates Nashua’s Safe Stations program, is set to receive more than $2 million to assist homeless veterans.
The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a $2,160,714 grant to the local nonprofit group aimed at providing low income, homeless and disabled individuals with affordable housing, employment and job training, support services and primary and behavioral health care, according to a news release.