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

Jun 27, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on the decision by Senate leadership to delay a vote on their healthcare bill, which an analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office determined would cost 22 million Americans their health insurance:

Jun 26, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score of the Senate Republican’s Healthcare Bill which found that 22 million Americans would lose insurance by 2026:

Jun 26, 2017 Press Release

*Kuster highlights access to mental health, substance misuse services**

**New Dartmouth-Hitchcock study released today explores correlation between opioid prescribing and mental illness**

Jun 26, 2017 Event

*Kuster highlights access to mental health, substance misuse services**

**New Dartmouth-Hitchcock study released today explores correlation between opioid prescribing and mental illness**

Jun 26, 2017 Catching up with Annie

Dear Friend,

Happy Summer! The season officially began last Wednesday, and with our natural beauty, fun and entertainment, there's no better place to be than the Granite State. I hope you are able to get outside and enjoy the gorgeous weather.

Jun 22, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on the unveiling of the Senate Republican’s healthcare bill:

Jun 20, 2017 Press Release

** Dr. Sharyn Potter and Professor Jane Stapleton, co-directors of the University of New Hampshire Prevention Innovations Research Center briefed Congressional Staff on behalf of Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence**

**Nearly 100 Congressional Staffers Attended Briefing**

Jun 16, 2017 Catching up with Annie

Dear Friend,

Like all Americans, I was shocked and saddened by the shooting in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday. My thoughts and prayers remain with my colleague, Representative Steve Scalise, Matt Mika, Zack Brath, and US Capitol Police Officers Crystal Griner and David Bailey and to everyone else impacted by this senseless act of violence. When it comes to events like these, there are no Republicans or Democrats; there are only Americans. As Speaker Paul Ryan said so eloquently, “We are united in our shock and anguish. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.” 

May 24, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) new review of the Republican healthcare bill, the American Health Care Act. The CBO has found that the bill would insure 23 million fewer Americans by 2026.

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.