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.

Senate Aging Committee Members Led by Collins, Casey Call on HHS to Protect Older Adults from Coronavirus

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Washington, D.C.—Following the confirmation of community transmission of the coronavirus—known as COVID-19—in the United States, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bob Casey (D-PA), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Aging Committee, led a letter urging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to take action to protect seniors from the virus. 

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Collins Bill to Reauthorize Older Americans Act Passes Senate Unanimously

Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Supporting Older Americans Act.  The bipartisan legislation, authored by U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), the Chairman of the Aging Committee, would reauthorize and strengthen the Older Americans Act (OAA), the nation’s preeminent law focused on the wellbeing of seniors.  The bill has now been sent to the House for its consideration before heading to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

 

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

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Senate unanimously passed legislation authored 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 awaits consideration by the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

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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Senator Collins Joins Bipartisan Group in Introducing Bill to Hold E-Cigarette Companies Accountable for the Youth Vaping Crisis

Washington, D.C. — This week, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Mitt Romney (R-UT), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced bipartisan legislation to protect children from the dangers of e-cigarettes. The Resources to Prevent Youth Vaping Act would require that e-cigarette manufacturers pay user fees to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help to fund more activity at FDA to conduct stronger oversight of the e-cigarette industry and increase awareness for the danger of e-cigarettes.

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Legislation Supported By Senators Collins, King to Combat Rising Prescription Drug Prices Signed into Law

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced that legislation they cosponsored to combat anticompetitive practices used by some brand-name drug companies to block entry of lower-cost generic drugs has been signed into law.  The Creating and Restoring Equal Access To Equivalent Samples (CREATES) Act will deter pharmaceutical companies from blocking cheaper generic alternatives from entering the marketplace.  The CREATES Act was included as part of the final appropriations package.

 

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Senator Collins Announces Historic Funding Increases for Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, and Other Biomedical Research

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced that the Senate approved a $2.6 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—bringing total funding for the NIH to $41.7 billion—as part of the appropriations package.  The legislation is expected to be signed into law by the President this evening.

 

As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and the Chairman of the Aging Committee, Senator Collins is a champion for greater investments in biomedical research. 

 

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Collins, Smith’s Bipartisan Bill to Combat Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Diseases Advances

Washington, D.C.— U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tina Smith (D-MN) announced that legislation they authored to improve research, prevention, diagnostics, and treatment for tick-borne diseases was included in the Appropriations agreement unveiled today.  The agreement must now receive a vote in both the House and the Senate.  Once passed by both chambers, the bill will proceed to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

 

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Committee Advances Collins and Hassan’s Efforts to Support Grandfamilies and Relative Caregivers, Prevent Child Abuse

Washington, D.C. — The Health Committee voted to advance the reauthorization of the bipartisan Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), which includes measures that U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) fought to include to ensure that family members caring for children are eligible for necessary support services. CAPTA is the only federal program dedicated exclusively to the prevention, assessment, identification, and treatment of child abuse and neglect.

 

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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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