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.

Medicare Will Now Provide Coverage for Certain Continuous Glucose Monitors

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee and founder of the Senate Diabetes Caucus, released the following statement after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that Medicare will now provide coverage for certain continuous glucose monitors (CGMs). CGMs are devices used by individuals with Type 1 diabetes to control their blood glucose levels, which is key to preventing costly and sometimes deadly diabetes complications. 

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Senator Collins Introduces Amendment Providing Additional Time to Develop Obamacare Replacement that Would Protect Americans from Losing Health Insurance

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Bob Corker (R-TN), Rob Portman (R-OH), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today introduced an amendment to extend the deadline for budget reconciliation instructions from January 27, 2017, to March 3, 2017. The additional time would allow Congress and the Administration to develop a serious replacement to Obamacare that would protect Americans from losing their health insurance coverage and avoid turmoil in the insurance industry.

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U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Tammy Baldwin’s Legislation Supporting Young Researchers Signed into Law

Washington, D.C. — Today bipartisan legislation supporting young researchers authored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) was signed into law by President Obama. Senators Collins and Baldwin introduced the Next Generation Researchers Act to build opportunities for new researchers, address the debt burden that young researchers face today, and invest in the future of research, science, and innovation.

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Senator Collins Joins Other Committee Leaders in Bipartisan Ceremony Marking the Passage of the 21st Century Cures Act

Legislation Will Help Fight Against Opioid Abuse Through $1 Billion in State Grants; Spur Innovative Treatments and Cures for Alzheimer’s, Cancer, and Many Other Diseases by investing $4.8 billion in the NIH; and Improve Mental Health Programs

Click HERE for a high resolution photo of Senator Collins at the enrollment ceremony for the 21st Century Cures Act

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Collins, Stabenow, Markey, Capito Applaud Announcement that Medicare Will Implement HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act, Pay for New Care Plans to Provide Support to Families of Alzheimer’s patients

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that for the first time Medicare will pay for new individual care plans to support Alzheimer’s patients and their families. This new coverage will begin in January 2017.

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Senator Collins Applauds $25 Million for Alzheimer’s Research Center to be Co-Led by The Jackson Laboratory

U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Co-Chair of the Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s, applauded today’s announcement that the National Institute on Aging has selected The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor to co-lead the Alzheimer’s Disease Precision Models Center in conjunction with Indiana University. The National Institute on Aging will award The Jackson Laboratory and Indiana University $25 million in grant funding to establish and support this new innovative effort to combat Alzheimer’s disease.

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Senator Susan Collins Receives National Distinguished Advocacy Award for Excellence in Lifesaving Cancer Public Policy

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins received the National Distinguished Advocacy Award today, the most prestigious honor bestowed by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) in recognition of her dedication to increased cancer research funding, removing barriers to colorectal cancer screening and improved patient quality of life.

ACS CAN, the advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, presents the annual award to select lawmakers who demonstrate relentless leadership in the area of cancer-related public policy advocacy.

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Collins, King Announce $1.18 Million in Funding for Rural Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Assistance Programs

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) has awarded a total of $1,180,000 in grant funding to two Maine organizations to implement programs that support victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Of that funding, $500,000 will be awarded to the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MECASA) in Augusta and $680,000 will be awarded to the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence (MCEDV), also located in Augusta.

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Collins, King Announce $2.25 Million in Funding to Help Prevent Youth Substance Abuse in Maine

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has awarded a total of $2,250,000 in grant funding to several Maine health coalitions to prevent youth substance abuse and foster drug-free communities in Maine. Of that funding, $375,000 will be allocated for three new grant awards while the remaining funding will be allocated to seven projects in the state that have previously received funding from ONDCP.

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Collins, King Announce $605,230 in Funding to Help Combat the Heroin and Opioid Abuse Epidemic in Maine

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that two agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have awarded grant funding totaling $605,230 to the State of Maine to help fight the heroin and opioid abuse epidemic. Maine will receive $371,616 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and $233,614 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to strengthen drug abuse prevention efforts and better track fatal and nonfatal opioid-involved overdoses in Maine.

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