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

Aug 17, 2017 Press Release

(Nashua, NH) – Today Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) joined healthcare leaders and local residents to discuss her plan to improve the Affordable Care Act and increase access to quality health care at Lamprey Health Center in Nashua. The visit comes as Congress begins to look at solutions to improve the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Kuster has been vocal about the need for Congressional Republicans to abandon their single-minded focus on repealing the ACA and instead work across the aisle to make meaningful reforms.

Aug 15, 2017 Press Release

(Concord, NH) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report that found ending cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments would increase premiums by 20% and increase the federal deficit by $194 billion by 2026:

Jul 28, 2017 Catching up with Annie

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Jul 28, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on the failure of the Republican “skinny repeal” bill in the Senate this morning. Earlier this month, Kuster and nine House Democrats from across the political spectrum unveiled a five-part plan to improve upon the Affordable Care Act and stabilize the individual marketplace:

Jul 25, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on the Senate vote to advance debate on the Republican healthcare bill:

Jul 21, 2017 Event

(West Lebanon, NH) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Congressman Peter Welch (VT-AL) joined Granite Staters and Vermonters who have experienced challenges accessing care through the individual market, as well as small business leaders from both sides of the Connecticut River, to call for actions to improve the Affordable Care Act. Kuster and Welch highlighted their plan, Solutions over Politics, a proposal to stabilize the Affordable Care Act’s individual market.

Jul 21, 2017 Press Release

(West Lebanon, NH)Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Congressman Peter Welch (VT-AL) joined Granite Staters and Vermonters who have experienced challenges accessing care through the individual market, as well as small business leaders from both sides of the Connecticut River, to call for actions to improve the Affordable Care Act. Kuster and Welch highlighted their plan, Solutions over Politics, a proposal to stabilize the Affordable Care Act’s individual market.

Jul 14, 2017 Catching up with Annie

Dear Friend, 

Each and every day my focus in Congress is how to work to improve the lives of hardworking Granite Staters and their families. From expanding economic opportunity and making sure our veterans have the services they need, to supporting our local farmers and combating the opioid epidemic, there are countless ways we can help those in our communities. But, when it comes to having peace of mind and economic security, access to quality, affordable healthcare is essential. 

Jul 13, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on the unveiling of a revised healthcare bill by Senate Republicans:

Jul 12, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) welcomed the adoption of the Risk-Based Classification of Accessories Act as part of the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017.