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Kuster, Pappas vote in favor of $2,000 COVID-19 stimulus payments

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MANCHESTER, N.H. — New Hampshire's Congressional lawmakers are reacting to the president signing the bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill on Sunday. An estimated $2 billion in COVID-19 relief money is expected to come to New Hampshire as part of the bill. The president delayed signing the bill in part because it only provided $600 direct payments. While he did sign it Sunday, he pushed for Congress to ... Read more »

Kuster, DeGette Lead Letter Urging Department of Health and Human Services for Transparency, Best Practices In Medicare and ACA Contract Proposals

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Washington, D.C. — Today, Reps. Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Diana DeGette (CO-01) sent a letter to Seema Verma, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, urging for transparency in the upcoming Contact Center Operations (CCO) contract proposals. The CCO contract operates 1-800-MEDICARE and the federally facilitated marketplace (FFM... Read more »

Providers remind ACA deadline to enroll is Tuesday

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CONCORD — Political leaders and health care professionals urged families if they need health coverage to enroll in Affordable Care Act plans before an annual deadline hits Tuesday at midnight. U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., said the substance abuse coverage and expansion of Medicaid allowed under the ACA have played a critical role in the number of opioid overdoses likely going down in New Hamps... Read more »

NH Delegation Announces Nearly $2.4 Million in CARES Act Funding for Dartmouth College to Support Research to Enhance Health Care Providers’ Response to COVID-19

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(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded Dartmouth College $2,396,689 in federal funding appropriated under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Econ... Read more »

N.H’s nursing homes are among the hardest hit in U.S., but received little federal aid

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Nursing homes have accounted for nearly 82% of New Hampshire’s total COVID-19 deaths, the highest rate in the county. Yet, in the most recent round of funding, they have received the third-lowest amount of funding per home, only behind Maine and Vermont. The most recent round of nursing home grants, announced in late October, were distributed to nursing homes that kept “new COVID-19 infection and ... Read more »

NH Delegation Calls on HHS to Change Formula for CARES Act Provider Relief Fund that Unfairly Penalizes Granite State Nursing & Long-Term Care Facilities

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**The current formula penalizes states like New Hampshire that have controlled the spread of COVID-19 in the community, but continue to face serious outbreaks in nursing & long-term care facilities** **Despite 82 percent of all COVID-related deaths in New Hampshire being attributed to nursing facility residents – the highest rate in the nation – facilities only received an average of $4,909 from H... Read more »

Kuster Meets Virtually with New Hampshire Health Care Association to Discuss Impact of COVID-19 on Long-Term Care Facilities

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A high resolution version of this photo is available here. Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) held a discussion with New Hampshire Health Care Association leadership and members to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on long-term care facilities in the state. The group discussed the current “fall surge” in COVID-19 cases in New Hampshire and across the country, as well as t... Read more »

Kuster Statement on First Day of Oral Arguments in Supreme Court Case to Overturn the Affordable Care Act

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Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, released the following statement as the U.S. Supreme Court begins to hear oral arguments in a case brought by Republicans to overturn the entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). “It is unconscionable that in the midst of a global pandemic that has taken the lives of nearly 240,000 Amer... Read more »

Shaheen, Hassan and Kuster announce $250K for youth substance use prevention efforts

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U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced $250,000 in Drug Free Communities (DFC) grants from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to two local drug prevention coalitions in New Hampshire. The grants will provide the Keene YMCA Community Coalition o... Read more »

Shaheen, Hassan & Kuster Announce More than $267K for Franklin School District to Bolster School Safety & Support Mental Health Services for Students

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(Manchester, NH) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that funds the Department of Justice (DOJ), announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representative Annie Kuster (NH-02) that the DOJ has awarded $267,595 to the Franklin School District through DOJ’s Students, Teachers, Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Grant Progra... Read more »