There is no question that our nation’s health care system requires substantial reform. The status quo of soaring health care costs, struggling families, and health care provider shortages across Maine and the nation is unacceptable. Senator Collins frequently works with her colleagues on both sides of the aisle to address these and other important issues facing our nation such as improved mental health care, drug treatment programs, supporting America’s caregivers, and nutrition programs.

As a native to northern Maine, Senator Collins understands the specific challenges that rural communities face for medical care. Throughout her time in the Senate, Senator Collins has consistently supported programs to expand access to and improve the health care system, particularly for citizens living in rural areas. 

As a freshman legislator, Senator Collins founded the Senate Diabetes Caucus and has since led the effort to more than triple federal funding for diabetes research.

Senators Collins, King Announce $4 Million to Combat Opioid Crisis in Maine

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that medical organizations in Brewer, Portland, Skowhegan, and Bangor have received a total of $4 million to combat substance and opioid use disorders.  The funding was awarded through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP).

 

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Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $3 Million to Provide Low-Income Children Throughout Maine with Free Immunizations

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has been awarded a total of $3,023,728 to help provide free immunizations to eligible low-income children throughout our state.  This funding was awarded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Immunization and Vaccines for Children Program (VFC).

 

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Senators Collins, King Announce $1.4 Million to Combat Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Maine

Washington D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Maine State Department of Health and Human Services has been awarded a total of $1,477,750 to support mental health and substance abuse programs throughout the state. This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). 

 

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Collins, King Announce Funding to Expand Telehealth Services Across Maine

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced that the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) COVID-19 Telehealth Program has awarded $516,160 to two health centers to improve and expand telehealth services. Specifically, the FCC has awarded $270,172 to Central Maine Medical Center and $245,988 to Portland Community Health Center to upgrade technology at each facility and improve remote health care access for Maine people.

 

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Senator Collins Fights to Preserve Critical Access Hospitals in Rural Communities

Washington, D.C.—To help prevent hospitals in rural communities from permanently closing their doors, U.S. Senator Susan Collins introduced legislation today to allow nonprofit critical access hospitals undergoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganizations to apply for forgivable loans under the Paycheck Protection Program.  The PPP for Critical Access Hospitals Act mirrors language originally introduced by Representative Jared Golden that was included in the House-passed HEROES Act.

 

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Senators Collins, King Announce More than $1.3 Million for Maine Hospitals to Fight COVID-19

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Maine hospitals have been awarded a total of $1,355,641 to support their efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.  This investment is part of the second tranche of $350 million allocated by HHS through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act and the CARES Act to bolster the U.S. health care system’s response to COVID-19.  In total, Maine has received $2,991,576.

 

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Collins, King Announce Nearly $5.8 Million for Maine Health Care Providers During the COVID-19 pandemic

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that HealthReach Community Health Centers, the Maine Hospital Association, Inc., the Penobscot Community Health Center, the Katahdin Valley Health Center, and the Maine Primary Care Association have been awarded a total of $5,794,031 to support their efforts to provide health care to Mainers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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Senator Collins Applauds CMS Announcement That Will Cap Medicare Beneficiaries’ Insulin Co-Pay at $35 Per Month

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Aging Committee and the founder and co-chair of the Senate Diabetes Caucus, applauded today’s announcement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that more than 1,750 Medicare Part D plans and Medicare Advantage plans have agreed to cap the monthly co-pay for insulin at $35 starting next year.  

 

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