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.
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Concord, NH – Today, Representatives Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas (NH-01) held a telephone town hall to discuss the COVID-19 (coronavirus) public health crisis and take questions from New Hampshire residents. Kuster and Pappas were joined on the call by Lisa Morris, Director of the Division of Public Health Services at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (NH-DHHS) and Dr. Jonathan Ballard, Chief Medical Officer at NH DHHS.
Concord, NH — Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (D-NH) is backing the Medical Supply Chain Emergency Act, legislation to force President Trump to implement the Defense Production Act of 1950. This legislation would federalize the manufacturing and distribution of scarce in-demand medical supplies in order to cure the growing inefficiencies of 50 states and thousands of hospitals competing against each other for medical supplies.
Concord, NH – Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on the 10th Anniversary of President Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. Kuster is a member of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce, which has jurisdiction over health care, Medicare & Medicaid, environmental protections, and many other issues.
**Kuster warns of dire consequences for inaction or delays in response**
**Kuster urges host of measures to support health care system, workers, families and small businesses**
WASHINGTON – New Hampshire’s Governor and Congressional Delegation today urged President Trump to take additional action to swiftly get critical medical supplies such as personal protective equipment, swabs for diagnostic testing, and ventilators to New Hampshire and states across the country.
Delegation Highlights the Urgent Need for Respirators and Surgical Masks
Watch Rep. Kuster speak on the House floor here.
Washington, DC - This week, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Rep. Adrian Smith (NE-03) introduced the Reducing Unnecessary Senior Hospitalizations (RUSH) Act of 2020 in the House of Representatives. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation would increase access and use of telehealth services in skilled nursing facilities. Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced the Senate companion version of the bill.