Kuster Shares Family Experience, Emphasizes Importance of Breakthrough Treatments
**Kuster talked about her experience caregiving for her mother when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Her full remarks are available HERE**
Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), a senior Member of the prominent Energy and Commerce Committee, participated in a Health subcommittee hearing entitled, “Innovation Saves Lives: Evaluating Medicare Coverage Pathways for Innovative Drugs, Medical Devices, and Technology.” Kuster, who served as a caregiver for her late mother when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, emphasized the critical role the federal government can play in driving innovation and development and the impact this has on patient health outcomes.
“In my experience caring for my mother when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, I saw firsthand how important innovative medicine and technology are for patients and their families,” said Kuster. “From expanding pathways for treatment and intervention to improving access to generics for people with Medicare coverage, Congress has an important role to play in spurring innovative treatments that meet rigorous safety standards and improve health outcomes. I was proud to share my mom’s story today and I look forward to working with CMS to maximize the benefits programs like Medicare can deliver to communities throughout New Hampshire and across the country.”
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is the single largest payer for health care in the United States and ensures access to high-quality care for millions of seniors and individuals with disabilities. Medicare is one of the nation’s largest health programs, with over 60 million beneficiaries, and is critical to ensuring seniors are able to access treatment and innovative medical technologies in a timely and safe manner.
Annie Kuster is a leading advocate for expanding access to care for families in New Hampshire and beyond. As the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Long Term Care Caucus, she has worked to raise awareness around treatment and ensure high-quality care is accessible and affordable for all.