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.

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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Senators Collins, King Announce More than $1.8 Million for Lead Abatement in Portland

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, and Angus King announced today that the City of Portland will be awarded $1,568,592 in Lead Based Paint Hazard Control grant program funding and $246,275 in Healthy Homes Supplemental funding. The city will use the funding to help address lead hazards in 80 housing units, providing safer homes for low and very low-income families with children. 

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Senate Passes Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act with Two Provisions Authored by Senator Collins

Washington, D.C.—With overwhelming bipartisan support, the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive, evidence-based response to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic by a vote of 92-2. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, or CARA, is cosponsored by U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.  The CARA Conference Report contains two amendments authored by Senator Collins, as well as a number of provisions for which she advocated.

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Senate Passes Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act

            WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Senate passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, or CARA, Conference Report, cosponsored by U.S. Senator Susan Collins, this afternoon by a vote of 92 to 2.  Among many other provisions, this bipartisan legislation will allow nurse practitioners and physician assistants who meet certain criteria to dispense buprenorphine for opioid addiction treatment for the first time. 

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Maine Receives Nearly $200,000 to Combat Spread of Zika Virus

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will receive $176,049 in federal funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to bolster public health system preparedness and response capabilities to protect Americans from the Zika virus.

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Senator Collins Announces Appropriations Committee Approves $261 Million to Combat Opioid Abuse

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today that the Committee has approved the fiscal year 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Bill with $261 million for the Department of Health and Human Services’ opioid abuse initiatives, a 93 percent increase.  The legislation was approved by a vote of 29 to 1 and will now be considered by the full Senate.

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