Senators Collins And Schumer Introduce Legislation To Make Home Health Care More Accessible To Medicare Patients

WASHINGTON, DC-- As leading proponents of home health care and ensuring that Medicare patients have access to this crucial health care option, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) have authored the “Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act.” The bill will improve the access Medicare beneficiaries have to home health care by allowing physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and certified nurse midwives to order home health services, all of which are playing increasingly important roles in the delivery of health care, particularly

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Senator Collins' Statement On Prime Minister Netanyahu's Remarks

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address before a Joint Meeting of Congress, Senator Susan Collins released the following statement:

“Prime Minister Netanyahu delivered a powerful speech that sets forth the serious threat that a nuclear-armed Iran would pose not only to Israel and to the stability of the Middle East but to our country as well. It is important that our country hear from the leader of America’s closest and only fully democratic ally in the Middle East on this issue.

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Senator Collins Honors U.S. Navy Reserve Centennial

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins introduced a bipartisan resolution to honor the U.S. Navy Reserve on its 100th anniversary, March 3, 2015. The resolution was unanimously passed by the Senate.

“I’m proud to recognize 100 years of distinguished service from the members of the Navy Reserve, a legacy born in part in the great state of Maine,” said Senator Collins. “Throughout the many challenges that have faced our nation, the men and women of this team have truly lived up to their motto: ‘Ready Now, Anytime, Anywhere.’"

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More Than $2.5 Million Awarded To Maine Housing Authorities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro called U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Chairman of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, to announce that more than $2.5 million will be awarded to housing authorities in Maine to help residents obtain safe and affordable housing.

U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King released the following joint statement in response to the announcement:

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Senator Collins' Statement On Senator Mikulski's Retirement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the announcement that Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski will retire from the United States Senate, Senator Susan Collins released the following statement:

"Senator Barbara Mikulski is the dean of the women of the Senate. To me, she has been an extraordinary role model, a wonderful mentor, and a close friend. I will miss her strong leadership, good humor, intelligence and integrity. The Senate is a better place for her having served here."

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FEMA Agrees To Reassess Policy That Could Help Washington County Secure Federal Assistance

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a conversation with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate Monday afternoon, Senator Susan Collins asked the Administrator to reassess the policy that would exclude Washington County from federal assistance to deal with the record-breaking amount of snow this winter. The conversation followed a letter sent to Administrator Fugate by Maine Senators Collins and King last week. Administrator Fugate has agreed to reconsider the policy.

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Senator Collins Questions Secretary Pritzker, Maine Delegation Responds To Coalition For Fair Paper Imports' Petition

Washington, D.C. – In a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing today, Senator Susan Collins questioned Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker regarding the ongoing, unfair subsidies received by the Port Hawkesbury paper mill in Canada. In response to Senator Collins’ questions, Secretary Pritzker reaffirmed her commitment to enforcing international trade obligations and committed to keeping the Maine delegation updated about their investigations into the matter.

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Senators Collins And Cardin Call For A Permanent End To Caps On Therapy Services For Medicare Patients

WASHINGTON, DC– U.S. Senators and Susan Collins and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) have re-introduced the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act (S. 539), which would protect Medicare beneficiaries from arbitrary limits on outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology services that are often needed to recover from debilitating illnesses, such as stroke, or support the effective management of conditions including multiple sclerosis and arthritis.

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