Every day, approximately 800 women around the world die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. In addition, more than 17,000 children under five years old will die each day of treatable conditions such as prematurity, pneumonia, and diarrhea—with malnutrition being the underlying cause in nearly half of those deaths.
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.
“I am honored to have been named to this task force. It is vital that the United States continue to provide global leadership in the areas of maternal, newborn, and child health.”
“Tonight, I voted in opposition to the Budget Reconciliation Act because this legislation would totally prohibit federal funding, including Medicaid funds, for Planned Parenthood. It would likely result in the shutdown of virtually all Planned Parenthood clinics in our country, depriving millions of women of access to basic healthcare and forcing them to give up the health provider of their choice."
“Maine DHHS plays an important role in helping to provide critical health care services for thousands of Maine families.”
Bipartisan Bill Cosponsored by Senator Collins would help confront the growing crisis of opioid abuse among pregnant women and its effect on newborn babies
WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins spoke from the Senate floor this morning to urge support for the Mental Health Reform Act of 2015.
As the prevalence of prescription drug abuse and heroin abuse has increased throughout Maine and across our country, opioid use during pregnancy has also been on the rise
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded $389,160 in grant funding to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency at Augusta as part of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) 2015 Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF).
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins, an opponent of late-term abortion, spoke from the Senate floor today to outline concerns about legislation that would ban such abortions, even when the physical health of the woman is at risk of serious harm.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), senior members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today praised Senate passage of their bipartisan resolution cosponsored by all 20 Senate women to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH). September 10, 2015 marked the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the ORWH.
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Susan Collins chaired a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee that sought to identify ways to improve care through patient access to their electronic health records. This hearing was the fifth in a series the Committee has held to better understand and find ways to address the current challenges with fully integrating Health Information Technology in American health care.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a total of $5,497,670 in grant funding to several Maine initiatives aimed at improving Head Start programs as well as mental health and addiction services.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ahead of the 10th U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced the locations of the Maine collection sites.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded grant funding totaling more than $1.5 million for Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems in Brewer, and Bates College in Lewiston.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a time when America’s young researchers are facing the worst funding in 50 years, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced legislation today to invest in the future of research, science, and innovation.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced two grant awards today from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for research being conducted at Maine Medical Center and also for the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians.
With its magnificent buildings, monuments, and memorials, Washington is a city of inspiring sights. Just as inspiring was the sea of blue t-shirts worn by the more than 160 young delegates to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s 2015 Children’s Congress who participated in a recent Aging Committee hearing I chaired on how diabetes affects people of all ages and their families, and the importance of research to prevent, treat, and eventually cure this difficult and life-long disease.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—In an effort to help millions of Americans who are living with Type 1 diabetes, and who rely on a continuous glucose monitor to successfully manage the disease, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Jeanne Shaheen, co-chairs of the Senate Diabetes Caucus, today introduced the “Medicare CGM Access Act of 2014.”