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 Over $2.1 Million to Support Rural Telemedicine and Education

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program has awarded a total of $2,181,629 to several rural healthcare organizations and educational institutions throughout Maine. The funds will help six Maine organizations expand their online services, allowing them to reach more Maine people.  

 

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Senators Collins, Hassan Introduce Legislation to Train More Doctors in Substance Misuse Recovery & Prevention

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced the bipartisan Opioid Workforce Act to support hospitals in hiring and training doctors in addiction medicine, addiction psychiatry, and pain management. The bipartisan legislation would create 1,000 new medical residency positions at teaching hospitals in Maine and across the country.

 

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Senate Committee Advances Bill to Support the Health and Wellbeing of Family Caregivers Authored by Collins, Baldwin

Washington, D.C. — This morning, the Senate Health Committee voted to advance legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) to support the health and wellbeing of family caregivers.  The Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act of 2019 now heads to the floor for consideration by the full Senate.  Senators Collins and Baldwin are members of the Health Committee.

 

This bipartisan bill would authorize $10 million annually for the Lifespan Respite Care program from fiscal year 2020 through fiscal year 2024.

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Bill to Help Prevent Drug Shortages Introduced by Senators Collins, Smith

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), the Chairman of the Aging Committee, and Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) introduced the Mitigating Emergency Drug Shortages (MEDS) Act, legislation that would help increase the supplies of vital drugs needed to treat or prevent a wide variety of diseases, illnesses, and conditions. 

 

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Senator Collins’ Statement on Vote to Reverse Administration’s Changes to 1332 Waiver Policy

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins released this statement following her vote in favor of a resolution to reverse the Administration’s policy on 1332 waivers:

 

“While I support giving states more flexibility to help increase coverage and improve affordability, the Administration’s guidance that allows states to use 1332 waivers to expand Short-Term Limited Duration plans is not the solution.  I am concerned that doing so could potentially jeopardize protections for some enrollees who have pre-existing conditions. 

 

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Collins, King Join Bipartisan Push to Extend Funding for Community Health Centers

WASHINGTON, D.C. ­– Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) joined a bipartisan group of 25 Senators to urge Senate Leadership to ensure long-term funding for community health centers (CHCs), which provide care to more than 200,000 Mainers. The letter calls for immediate passage of the Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence (CHIME) Act of 2019, which would reauthorize the Community Health Center Fund (CHCF) and the National Health Service Corps for five years.

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Senators Collins, King Announce Maine Locations for 2019 Drug Take-Back Day

 

 For the first time, collection sites will accept vaping devices and associated substances.

 

Washington, D.C. – Ahead of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, October 26th, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) announced the locations of the Maine collection sites.  Click HERE for the complete list of locations.

 

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Senator Collins, HUD Administrator, Local Officials Announce Nearly $15M to Reduce Lead Hazards in Maine

Biddeford, ME — U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Housing Appropriations Subcommittee, participated in a press conference at Biddeford City Hall today announcing $14,811,466 to support lead abatement projects by the City of Biddeford, the City of Lewiston, the City of Portland, and the Maine State Housing Authority.  This funding, which was awarded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will help protect Maine children and families from lead-based paint and home health hazards.

 

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Collins, Cardin Applaud the Passage of Resolution to Recognize Direct Support Professionals in Health Care

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced a resolution this week designating September 8 through September 14 as National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week to recognize the contribution of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) to the nation’s health care system.  Senator Angus King (I-ME) cosponsored the legislation.

 

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ICYMI: Senators Collins, Grassley Pen Op-Ed on Their Work to Lower Drug Prices

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), the Chairman of the Aging Committee, and U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, authored an op-ed that appeared in the Portland Press Herald today regarding their efforts to make medications more affordable and their support for the Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act.

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Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $725,000 for Maine Medical Center

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Maine Medical Center has been awarded $725,933 to develop new rural residency programs while achieving accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.  The funding was awarded through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Rural Residency Planning and Development Program (RRPD).

 

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