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.

Collins, King Call on New HHS Secretary to Support Quality Health Care for Rural Maine

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King joined 39 of their colleagues today in sending a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price urging him to work with Congress to prioritize quality health care for rural states like Maine. In the letter, the Senators also emphasized the importance of rural health care providers and their critical role in rural communities.

 

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Collins, Klobuchar Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Support Families and Caregivers of Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced legislation to expand training and support services for families and caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The legislation would authorize grants to public and non-profit organizations that improve caregiver health and allow patients with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias to stay in their homes longer. 

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Sens. Collins, Cardin, Casey, and Heller Renew Call for an End to Caps on Therapy Services under Medicare

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Dean Heller (R-NV) have re-introduced the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act, which would protect Medicare beneficiaries from arbitrary limits on outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology services that are often needed to recover from debilitating illnesses, such as stroke, or support the effective management of conditions including multiple sclerosis and arthritis.

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ICYMI: "Is an Obamacare solution already staring Congress in the face?"

 

WASHINGTON - Sen. Susan Collins was “disappointed” – decorous Senate speak for really, really unhappy.

The Mainer is arguably the most moderate Republican in the Senate, a reliable bridge-builder across the partisan divide. She came to the floor on Monday to introduce a compromise bill co-sponsored with Sen. Bill Cassidy, a Republican doctor from Louisiana, to replace the Affordable Care Act.

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Patient Freedom Act Gains Support in Senate

Washington, D.C. — US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) joins US Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) in cosponsoring the Patient Freedom Act of 2017, a comprehensive replacement plan for Obamacare.

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Medicare Will Now Provide Coverage for Certain Continuous Glucose Monitors

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee and founder of the Senate Diabetes Caucus, released the following statement after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that Medicare will now provide coverage for certain continuous glucose monitors (CGMs). CGMs are devices used by individuals with Type 1 diabetes to control their blood glucose levels, which is key to preventing costly and sometimes deadly diabetes complications. 

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Senator Collins Introduces Amendment Providing Additional Time to Develop Obamacare Replacement that Would Protect Americans from Losing Health Insurance

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Bob Corker (R-TN), Rob Portman (R-OH), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today introduced an amendment to extend the deadline for budget reconciliation instructions from January 27, 2017, to March 3, 2017. The additional time would allow Congress and the Administration to develop a serious replacement to Obamacare that would protect Americans from losing their health insurance coverage and avoid turmoil in the insurance industry.

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U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Tammy Baldwin’s Legislation Supporting Young Researchers Signed into Law

Washington, D.C. — Today bipartisan legislation supporting young researchers authored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) was signed into law by President Obama. Senators Collins and Baldwin introduced the Next Generation Researchers Act to build opportunities for new researchers, address the debt burden that young researchers face today, and invest in the future of research, science, and innovation.

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Senator Collins Joins Other Committee Leaders in Bipartisan Ceremony Marking the Passage of the 21st Century Cures Act

Legislation Will Help Fight Against Opioid Abuse Through $1 Billion in State Grants; Spur Innovative Treatments and Cures for Alzheimer’s, Cancer, and Many Other Diseases by investing $4.8 billion in the NIH; and Improve Mental Health Programs

Click HERE for a high resolution photo of Senator Collins at the enrollment ceremony for the 21st Century Cures Act

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Collins, Stabenow, Markey, Capito Applaud Announcement that Medicare Will Implement HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act, Pay for New Care Plans to Provide Support to Families of Alzheimer’s patients

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that for the first time Medicare will pay for new individual care plans to support Alzheimer’s patients and their families. This new coverage will begin in January 2017.

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Senator Collins Applauds $25 Million for Alzheimer’s Research Center to be Co-Led by The Jackson Laboratory

U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Co-Chair of the Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s, applauded today’s announcement that the National Institute on Aging has selected The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor to co-lead the Alzheimer’s Disease Precision Models Center in conjunction with Indiana University. The National Institute on Aging will award The Jackson Laboratory and Indiana University $25 million in grant funding to establish and support this new innovative effort to combat Alzheimer’s disease.

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