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Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Representing the 2nd District of New Hampshire

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 1, 2020 Press Release

Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Opioid Task Force, and Rep. Chris Pappas (NH-01) applauded the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Award of $28 Million in State Opioid Response (SOR) grants to help provide substance use disorder treatment throughout New Hampshire. Friday’s grant  announcement from SAMHSA was joined by an announcement from the U.S.

Aug 29, 2020 Press Release

(Washington, DC)— Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced $11.4 million in funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help New Hampshire nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the funding will help hire and train staff, as well as purchase PPE and testing.

Aug 27, 2020 Press Release

High resolution versions of these photos are available here and here.

Aug 27, 2020 Event

Colebrook, NH - Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) visited the Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital (UCVH) and met with UCVH, Indian Stream Health Center, and North Country Healthcare leadership to receive updates on the region’s continued response to COVID-19. Rep. Kuster has been in regular contact with community leaders throughout the state on how to best support rural health care providers and the dual health emergencies of COVID-19 and substance misuse. 

Aug 25, 2020 Press Release

**Rep. Kuster held two virtual roundtable discussions with experts and providers to hear updates on COVID-19 in health care and addiction treatment communities**

**View Rep. Kuster’s conversation with mental health and SUD experts here**

**View Rep. Kuster’s conversation with health care providers here**

Aug 25, 2020 Event

**Rep. Kuster held two virtual roundtable discussions with experts and providers to hear updates on COVID-19 in health care and addiction treatment communities**

**View Rep. Kuster’s conversation with mental health and SUD experts here**

**View Rep. Kuster’s conversation with health care providers here**

Aug 17, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) along with Representatives Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Kim Schrier, M.D. (WA-08), and Kathy Castor (FL-14) introduced new legislation to reverse the dangerous decrease in vaccination rates, which have plummeted during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Community Immunity During COVID-19 Act (H.R. 8061) makes critical investments to develop, scale, and evaluate local initiatives to promote recommended vaccinations during this pandemic.

Aug 16, 2020 In The News

ON FEBRUARY 28, 2020, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar came before the House Energy & Commerce Committee to discuss a rapidly developing public health crisis. Though New Hampshire had not yet identified its first case of COVID-19 — that would come less than a week later — it was apparent that the Trump administration did not have a plan to address a widespread pandemic.

Jul 17, 2020 Catching up with Annie