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
(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on reports that President Trump will impose the domestic gag rule on the Title X family planning program, restricting women’s access to comprehensive healthcare services.
(Concord, NH) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) is urging President Trump to follow through on his campaign message to allow the direct negotiation of prescription drug prices by Medicare. The call comes as President Trump outlines a proposal to address costs that does not include the direct negotiating of drug prices. On the campaign trail in New Hampshire, then candidate Trump highlighted the savings that could be achieved if Medicare were able to directly negotiate for drug prices.
I wanted to give you a personal update. After a lifetime of hiking, biking and skiing in the White Mountains, I had hip replacement surgery on Wednesday. The surgery went very well and I’m excited to get back to work and back to all the activities that make the Granite State such a wonderful place to live. I appreciate the encouraging words I’ve received from so many of you. Thank you for your well wishes!
Washington, D.C. – Today, New Democrat Coalition Affordable and Accessible Healthcare Task Force Co-Chair Ami Bera (CA-07), along with fellow Co-Chairs Kurt Schrader (OR-05), and Annie Kuster (NH-02), introduced two bills to expand access to affordable health care, simplify enrollment, and empower States to innovate. The two bills, the Pathway to Universal Coverage Act and the Easy Enrollment Act, build on the Coalition’s continued progress to improve access to affordable health care for all Americans.
(Concord, NH) – Today Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) joined Peter Wright, President and CEO of Valley Regional Hospital, and other senior hospital and U.S. Department of Agriculture officials to announce that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has approved a $19.4 million Community Facilities Loan to Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont. This loan will provide the hospital with significant savings and assist the parent company, Valley Regional Health Care, in acquiring certain hospital real estate assets, which will be leased back to Valley Regional Hospital.
Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on reports that Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) have reached an agreement on bipartisan legislation that includes reinstating cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments. Kuster has been vocal about the need to maintain CSR payments to reduce volatility in the individual marketplace.