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 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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Senator Collins: DOJ Should Defend ACA, Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions

WASHINGTON, D.C.— As the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit hears oral arguments on a case that could determine the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a member of the Senate Health Committee, again urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to defend critical consumer protections for pre-existing conditions and reconsider its position of urging the court to strike down the entire ACA. 

 

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Collins, Stabenow Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Fund New Community Partnerships to Address High Rate of Maternal and Infant Mortality

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduced the Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act, a bipartisan bill to provide funding for new community partnerships to address the high rate of maternal and infant mortality. The United States has the worst rate of maternal deaths in the developed world and one of the highest rates of infant mortality.

 

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Legislation to Reduce Cost of Prescription Drugs, Health Care Clears Senate Hurdle with Senator Collins’ Strong Support

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced today that the Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019 passed the Health Committee today by a vote of 20-3.  Senator Collins, a member of the Committee, has advocated for this bipartisan legislation to reduce the cost of health care and prescription drugs.  The bill will now be considered by the full Senate.

 

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Collins, King Announce Nearly $2 Million for Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, and Angus King (I-Maine) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $1,925,328 to Maine’s state-level Department of Health and Human Services. The grant will fund efforts to improve diabetes, heart disease and stroke prevention programs throughout Maine.

 

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Senator Collins Participates in Hospice of Southern Maine Groundbreaking Ceremony

Scarborough, ME — U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, delivered remarks at the groundbreaking of a new hospice center in Scarborough last night.  This building will help Hospice of Southern Maine (HSM) address the growing demand for end-of-life care in Southern Maine and consolidate over 120 staff from two other leased buildings on Route 1 in Scarborough.

 

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Collins, King Announce Nearly $2 Million for Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, and Angus King (I-Maine) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $1,925,328 to Maine’s state-level Department of Health and Human Services. The grant will fund efforts to improve diabetes, heart disease and stroke prevention programs throughout Maine.

 

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Senators Collins, Scott, Gardner Introduce Legislation to Increase Transparency for Prescription Drug Prices

 

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Rick Scott (R-FL), and Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced the Prescription Drug Price Reporting Act, legislation that would provide much-needed transparency for prescription drug prices. The bill would create a consumer-friendly database of prescription drug prices, which will empower American families to make informed health care choices.

 

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Collins, Manchin Urge DOJ to Defend Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions

WASHINGTON, D.C.— As part of their ongoing effort to protect individuals with pre-existing conditions, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) wrote to Attorney General Bill Barr today, urging him to reverse the Department of Justice’s decision not to defend critical consumer protections that are relied upon by millions of Americans. 

 

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Collins, Klobuchar, Rosen Introduce Bill to Increase Number of Doctors in Rural and Other Medically Underserved Areas

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) joined Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) in introducing bipartisan legislation to boost the number of doctors able to work in rural America. The Conrad State 30 & Physician Access Act would allow international doctors to remain in the United States upon completing their residency under the condition that they practice in underserved areas, such as rural communities.

 

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