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 Join Bipartisan Group in Introducing Legislation to Combat Rising Prescription Drug Prices

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) joined a bipartisan group in introducing legislation to combat anticompetitive practices used by some brand-name drug companies to block entry of lower-cost generic drugs. 

 

The Creating and Restoring Equal Access To Equivalent Samples (CREATES) Act would deter pharmaceutical companies from blocking cheaper generic alternatives from entering the marketplace. 

 

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Legislation to Address Doctor Shortages and Train Next Generation of Physicians Introduced by Senators Collins, Tester

Washington, D.C. - In response to the severe shortage of physicians that has reached crisis levels in a growing number of communities across the United States, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced the Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act.  Their bipartisan bill would address this issue by bolstering the successful Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education Program, which trains physicians in underserved, community-based settings.

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Collins, King, Golden Announce More Than $2 Million for Pines Health Services in Aroostook County

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) and U.S. Representative Jared Golden (D-Maine) today announced that Pines Health Services, a community health center network with five locations throughout Aroostook County, has received $2,209,761 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The grant will support collaborative efforts to expand services and lower healthcare costs in northern Maine, especially in rural areas.

 

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Senators Collins, King Announce Nearly $500,000 Awarded to Jackson Lab for Diabetes, Endocrinology, & Metabolic Research

Washington, D.C.  – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) announced that The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) in Bar Harbor has received $436,249 from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for diabetes, endocrinology, and metabolic research.  This funding was awarded through DHHS’ National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).  Senator Collins is the founder and co-chair of the Senate Diabetes Caucus and the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee. 

 

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Senators Collins, King Announce $828,415 for Maternal and Child Health Services in Maine

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced today that the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $828,415 to Maine’s state-level Department of Health and Human Services. The grant is awarded to a maternal and child health services program that works to protect the health of Maine’s mothers, women, and children – including children with special needs.

 

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Senate Unanimously Passes Senator Collins’ Bipartisan Bill to Fight Alzheimer’s

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, legislation authored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Tim Kaine (D-VA).  This bipartisan bill would, for the first time, create a public health infrastructure across the country to combat Alzheimer’s disease and preserve brain health.  The BOLD Act now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.

 

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Senate Passes Landmark Legislation to Combat Alzheimer’s

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, legislation authored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Tim Kaine (D-VA).  This bipartisan bill would, for the first time, create a public health infrastructure across the country to combat Alzheimer’s disease and preserve brain health.  The BOLD Act now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.

 

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Senator Collins Joins Bipartisan Group in Calling for Inspector General Investigation into VA’s Failure to Pay Veterans Full Benefits

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers in calling for a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Inspector General investigation into allegations that the VA would not reimburse veterans for misused or underpaid benefits.

 

In their bipartisan letter to the VA’s Inspector General, the lawmakers ask about how the technical errors occurred, how quickly any reimbursements will be made, and how the VA plans to make sure all benefits will continue to be paid out without interruption.

 

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Senate Committee Unanimously Passes Bipartisan Bill to Fight Alzheimer’s

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Senate Health Committee unanimously passed the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, legislation authored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Tim Kaine (D-VA).  This bipartisan bill would create a public health infrastructure to combat Alzheimer’s disease and preserve brain health. 

 

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Collins, King Announce Over $11 Million for Community Health Centers in Washington, Kennebec, Penobscot and Cumberland Counties

WASHINGTON D.C – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded a total of $11,668,486 for four community health centers throughout Maine. The funding will be awarded to Regional Medical Center in Lubec, Healthreach Community Health Centers in Waterville, Health Access Network Inc. in Lincoln, and Portland Community Health Center to improve health services and support health care professionals.

 

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