Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) led a bipartisan delegation of 26 U.S. Senators in writing to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, regarding one possible contributing factor to the opioid crisis and heroin epidemic facing our country. The letter urges HHS to conduct a robust examination of whether or not certain questions on patient satisfaction surveys may inadvertently encourage treatment with opioid pain relievers, contributing to the vast supply of prescription opioids currently in circulation in our country. According to the CDC, health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for painkillers in 2012, enough for every American adult to have a bottle of pills.
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.
Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King have announced the award of $1.181 million for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The grant, which was awarded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program, will help provide free immunizations to eligible low-income children under the age of 18.
The people of Maine, and of this country, expect the President and Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle to work together to improve the lives of hardworking Americans. The problems, both at home and abroad, are too important to be stymied by incivility, extremism, or hyper-partisanship.
FALMOUTH — The message from Maine’s senior U.S. senator was clear Tuesday morning: the state and the nation must do more for those with Alzheimer’s disease and the people who care for them.
Speaking at the Lunt Auditorium at 74 Lunt Road, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said while Alzheimer’s is “a devastating disease” for the patient, it is also harmful to family members who become caretakers.
“It’s impossible to talk about Alzheimer’s without talking about the caregivers,” Collins said.
As we turn the page on 2015 and look to the future, I welcome this opportunity to share some of the accomplishments of the past year. Although much work remains to be done, I was able to achieve progress on issues that matter to the people of Maine, whom I am honored to represent in the United States Senate.
Senator Collins, Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will tour the Stewart Adult Day Center in Falmouth tomorrow at 10:30 AM.
A heroin epidemic is sweeping across America. Going beyond their traditional urban centers, drug cartels and big-city traffickers are targeting new lucrative markets in states and communities previously untouched by this scourge.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today congratulated Alba-Technic, LLC, one of five companies nationwide to win the Head Health Challenge III. The challenge is an open innovation competition held by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Football League, Under Armour, and General Electric (GE) to support the discovery, design and development of advanced materials that better absorb and dissipate impact.
Prescription drugs are vital to the health and well-being of all Americans, especially our nation’s seniors, 90 percent of whom take at least one prescription drug in any given month. For many Americans, access to prescription drugs is not only critical to their quality of life, but can literally be a matter of life or death.
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins cited Maine examples in her opening statement this morning at a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing titled: Opioid Abuse in America: Facing the Epidemic and Examining Solutions.
WASHINGTON, D.C. —The Senate passed the RAISE Family Caregivers Act, introduced by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, and Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), this evening. The legislation must now be considered by the House of Representatives.
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.
“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.