Collins, King Welcome More Than $1.5 Million in Funding to Support 9 Maine Agricultural Producers

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today welcomed an announcement from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that it has awarded a total of $1,549,262 to nine Maine agricultural producers. The funding, awarded through the USDA's Rural Development Value Added Producer Grant Program, will support activities related to the processing and marketing of agricultural, value-added products. 

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Collins, King Welcome $4.4 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure for Boothbay Harbor and Vassalboro

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King welcomed an announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that it is investing $4.4 million to assist the Boothbay Harbor Sewer District and Vassalboro Sanitary District. Boothbay Harbor will receive a $450,000 Water and Waste Disposal Direct Loan and a $150,000 grant, and Vassalboro will receive a $2,113,000 Water and Waste Disposal Direct Loan and a $1,700,000 grant.

 

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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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Following Bipartisan Advocacy Led by U.S. Senator Susan Collins, HHS Announces Policy Change to Address Possible Contributing Factor to Opioid Crisis

Washington, D.C. — Following bipartisan advocacy led by U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today that it will immediately implement a policy change to address one possible contributing factor to the opioid crisis and heroin epidemic facing our country. Specifically, HHS will remove the pain management questions from the patient satisfaction survey that is tied to hospitals’ reimbursement rate.

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Senator Collins Receives Award for Helping Vulnerable Mainers, Speaks About Her Bill to Fight Poverty

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins received Maine Community Action’s 2016 Star of Community Action award yesterday at the Aroostook County Action Program (ACAP) Center in Houlton. 

Kara Hay, the President of the Maine Community Action Association Board of Directors, presented Senator Collins with the award, which recognizes individuals who have advocated for or defended low-income people in the face of serious challenges and have made a significant difference in the lives of Maine’s most vulnerable citizens.

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Collins, King Applaud Approval of Norway Spruce for Construction-Grade Dimensional Lumber

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King applauded a decision to approve Norway spruce as construction-grade dimensional lumber. Senators Collins and King commended a team of researchers from the University of Maine that conducted extensive testing on the wood species, which informed the decision by the American Lumber Standards Committee to approve Norway spruce for use in construction.  The decision will benefit Maine landowners, loggers, lumber mills, retailers, and builders.

 

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