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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

Jul 13, 2019 Catching up with Annie

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Fighting for Justice for Sexual Assault Survivors

Jul 8, 2019 In The News

On the eve of arguments in front of a federal appeals court, New Hampshire's Democratic congressional delegation warned that a lawsuit aimed at overturning the Affordable Care Act could have devastating effects for thousands of Granite Staters.

President Donald Trump has said the health care law isn't working and believes the lawsuit will be successful in court.

Jun 21, 2019 Catching up with Annie

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Jun 18, 2019 Event

(Westmoreland, NH)-Yesterday, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) toured the Maplewood Nursing Home, which is currently under renovation, and saw the new, 63,000-square-foot wing that is expected to be finished in October. Kuster also met with Maplewood Staff and Cheshire County government officials to view the architectural plans for the new building and renovations and discuss expanding access to quality healthcare for seniors.

Jun 18, 2019 Press Release

(Westmoreland, NH)-Yesterday, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) toured the Maplewood Nursing Home, which is currently under renovation, and saw the new, 63,000-square-foot wing that is expected to be finished in October. Kuster also met with Maplewood Staff and Cheshire County government officials to view the architectural plans for the new building and renovations and discuss expanding access to quality healthcare for seniors.

Jun 14, 2019 Catching up with Annie

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Increasing Public Participation at FERC

Jun 13, 2019 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) joined her colleagues to co-sponsor H.R. 945, the Mental Health Access Improvement Act of 2019. The bill will stop people from aging out of mental health care when they qualify for Medicare and ensure marriage and family therapy and mental health counselor services are covered. Kuster has heard from mental and behavioral health providers throughout her district that more resources are needed to help Granite Staters obtain mental healthcare.

May 22, 2019 Press Release

The Parity Enforcement Act Is Endorsed by the Kennedy Forum, the American Psychological Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine

May 17, 2019 Catching up with Annie

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Protecting Access to Healthcare