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

May 16, 2017 Press Release

(Manchester, NH) – Yesterday, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, visited the Manchester VA Medical Center to meet with local and regional managers following the Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (OIG) recent report on issues regarding the inventory system, unsterile conditions in storage facilities, recalled supplies, and other challenges at the VA Medical Center in Washington, DC.

May 16, 2017 Event

(Manchester, NH) – Yesterday, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, visited the Manchester VA Medical Center to meet with local and regional managers following the Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (OIG) recent report on issues regarding the inventory system, unsterile conditions in storage facilities, recalled supplies, and other challenges at the VA Medical Center in Washington, DC.

May 10, 2017 Press Release

(Concord, NH) – This afternoon, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) joined a listening session with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to express her concerns with the American Health Care Act and its impact on access to healthcare and substance misuse treatment in New Hampshire.

May 10, 2017 Press Release

**Kuster urges Price to consider the impact of repealing the ACA during visit to New Hampshire**

**Kuster’s letter can be read in today’s Concord Monitor**

**Kuster to attend listening session with Secretary Price**

 

May 8, 2017 Press Release

(Concord, NH) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, released the following statement on a report by New Futures that found the cost of substance misuse to New Hampshire was $2.36 billion in 2014. The report also highlights the importance of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion to increasing access to treatment in the Granite State.

May 5, 2017 Event

(Keene, NH) – This morning, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) joined students, advocates, educators, care providers, and law enforcement personnel at Keene High School for a panel discussion on preventing sexual violence. The event follows last month’s launch of Congresswoman Kuster’s Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence.

May 5, 2017 Press Release

(Concord, NH) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, released the following statement on reports that the Trump Administration plans to slash the budget for the Office of National Drug Control Policy by 95 percent:

May 4, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Ranking Member Annie Kuster (D-NH), House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Ranking Member Tim Walz (D-MN), and House Committee of Veterans' Affairs Vice Ranking Member Mark Takano (D-CA) released the following statement after they led a group of Democratic lawmakers on an oversight trip to the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

May 4, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) voted in opposition to the American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation pushed by House Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Though the bill has yet to be scored by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), making the extent of its negative impacts unknown, the original version of the bill would have jeopardized the healthcare of 24 million Americans and thousands of Granite Staters.

May 4, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Yesterday, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence and a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, met with Department of Veteran Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, as part of a meeting between Shulkin and the bipartisan Congressional Women’s Caucus.