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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Protecting Access to Healthcare
(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) voted in favor of H.R. 987, the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act, which passed the House. The legislation includes three bills that would make prescription drugs more affordable by helping lower-priced generic drugs get to market faster and four measures that would safeguard protections for people with pre-existing conditions and increase the number of Americans enrolled in quality, affordable health coverage.
People in New Hampshire and across the country have made it clear – they are tired of the partisan attacks on their healthcare. They want Democrats and Republicans to work together to improve access to affordable healthcare and protect those with preexisting conditions. As a member of the Health Subcommittee on Energy and Commerce, I’m ready to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to do just that.
Speaking on the House Floor about my legislation.
(Washington, DC) – Today, the House of Representatives passed legislation that would safeguard individuals with preexisting conditions from efforts by the Trump Administration to undermine their access to care. The Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act (HR 986), introduced by Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02), Don Beyer (VA-08), and Joe Courtney (CT-02), would revoke guidance issued by the Trump Administration in October 2018 that encourages states to approve health plans that do not cover preexisting conditions.
LEBANON, N.H. —
New Hampshire Rep. Annie Kuster was in Lebanon Friday, visiting Headrest and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center as part of her hospital and health care listening tour.
Headrest helps those affected by substance use disorder with treatment and programs.
Executive Director Cameron Ford said they received a grant through the Community Development Finance Authority.
(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, highlighted the need for Medicare to negotiate a volume discount for prescription drugs to lower costs for seniors and taxpayers. At the Subcommittee hearing titled, “Payment Policy for Prescription Drugs under Medicare Part B and Part D” Kuster questioned Dr. James E Mathews, Ph.D. the Executive Director, MedPAC about the impact of negotiation on drug prices. MedPAC advises congress on issues impacting the Medicare program.
(Concord, NH) - Today Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on a preliminary injunction that blocks the Trump Administration’s domestic gag rule on the Title X family planning program by United States District Court for the District of Oregon.
CONCORD — The national president of Planned Parenthood visited New Hampshire on Monday, thanking members of the Granite State’s congressional delegation for their support of women’s health initiatives and their opposition to pending restrictions to a federal funding program set to take effect next month.