Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Representing the 2nd District of New Hampshire
Twitter icon
Facebook icon
Flickr icon
YouTube icon

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

Sep 7, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the Ranking Member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, released the following statement on a report detailing issues with care for stroke victims at the Manchester VA Medical Center:

Aug 25, 2017 Event

(Berlin, NH) - Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence, joined healthcare providers, law enforcement and others at Coos County Family Health Services (CCFHS) to discuss efforts to prevent sexual violence. Prior to the discussion, RESPONSE Domestic & Sexual Violence Support Center presented Congresswoman Kuster with an award to honor and thank her for her work on this issue.

Aug 24, 2017 Press Release

(Berlin, NH) - Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence, joined healthcare providers, law enforcement and others at Coos County Family Health Services (CCFHS) to discuss efforts to prevent sexual violence. Prior to the discussion, RESPONSE Domestic & Sexual Violence Support Center presented Congresswoman Kuster with an award to honor and thank her for her work on this issue.

Aug 23, 2017 Catching up with Annie

Dear Friend, 

I want to fill you in on the work I was doing last week on your behalf in our great district. 

I had the pleasure of hearing from local farmers in Boscawen about the 2018 Farm Bill and ways we can bolster New Hampshire’s agricultural sector. This was the first of three listening sessions I am holding throughout the district and it provided a unique opportunity to hear from folks on the ground in New Hampshire. 

Aug 22, 2017 Event

(Claremont, NH) –Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence, joined healthcare providers, survivors, law enforcement and others in Claremont to discuss efforts to prevent sexual violence. The discussion focused on local efforts, services, and challenges surrounding sexual violence in New Hampshire’s rural communities.

Aug 22, 2017 Press Release

(Claremont, NH) –Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence, joined healthcare providers, survivors, law enforcement and others in Claremont to discuss efforts to prevent sexual violence. The discussion focused on local efforts, services, and challenges surrounding sexual violence in New Hampshire’s rural communities.

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

Dear Friend,