November is National Home Care and Hospice Month, a time to recognize the skilled, dedicated professionals who make a difference in the lives of patients and their families every day. Home care and hospice nurses, therapists, aides, and other caregivers play a central role in our health care system and in homes in Maine and across the nation.
Veterans Day is a solemn anniversary, a day set aside not to celebrate victory in a great battle, but to honor the sacrifices that brought peace. The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 was not marked by the roar of cannon. Rather, it was the moment the guns of the First World War were silenced by courage, devotion to duty, and a commitment to freedom.
Drug overdoses claimed the lives of 418 Mainers last year, more than one per day. In addition to that staggering death toll, nearly 1,000 babies in our state were born addicted to opioids and other drugs. And Maine is not alone in grappling with this crisis. Across the country, tens of thousands of Americans are killed each year by opioids.
Washington, D.C. – Today, bipartisan legislation authored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) to ban the use of pharmacy “gag clauses” was signed into law. The Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act prohibits an egregious practice that concealed lower prescription drug prices from patients at the pharmacy and caused consumers to needlessly overpay. This legislation is a continuation of Senators Collins and McCaskill’s bipartisan efforts to reduce the cost of prescription drugs.
Lobstering has served as an economic engine and a family tradition in Maine for generations, helping to support the livelihoods of thousands of families in our state through fishing, processing, and shipping. Approximately 150 million pounds of lobster are caught each year in U.S. waters at a value of more than $500 million, representing one of our country’s most valuable catches.
In 2015, Stephen and Rita Shiman of Saco received a phone call that no grandparent would ever want to experience. The caller claimed to be their grandson, who said he had been arrested after being involved in a car accident in Georgia. The caller told the Shimans not to tell anyone and directed them to immediately contact his public defender, who demanded $1,250 for their grandson’s bail.
Every child deserves a safe and loving home, a family to provide support, stability, and hugs. When birth parents are unable to care for their children, grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts and uncles, and other family members often step forward. Their answer to this unanticipated challenge is unconditional love.
Patty Bernard of Falmouth is among the 1.3 million Americans, including 8,700 Mainers, who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic and painful inflammatory condition that attacks the lining of joints and can lead to permanent joint damage. While it can begin at any age, the likelihood of onset increases with age and is highest among women in their sixties.
Mrs. Bernard is 80 years old and was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at age 55. In the early years of her diagnosis, she tried many different drugs, but her symptoms continued to get worse.
Ten years ago, Dominique Moceanu, a 1996 Olympics gold medalist, accused her former coaches of emotional and physical abuse. Rather than taking her allegations seriously, however, USA Gymnastics was dismissive of the concerns Ms. Moceanu raised.
Nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes, including more than 137,000 Mainers. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, blindness in adults, and amputations not related to injury, and it is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, claiming some 70,000 lives each year.
Across the United States, more than 40 million Americans provide care for parents, spouses, children, and other relatives with disabilities or illness. Here in our State, about 178,000 Mainers care for their loved ones and help them live in their homes and communities.
When the Wright Brothers successfully launched the world’s first airplane in 1903, they credited their sister, Katharine, with providing the engineering and business expertise necessary to help make powered flight possible. In 1932, Amelia Earhart completed the first solo transatlantic flight by a woman. During World War II, the Women Airforce Service Pilots – WASPs – ferried aircraft from the factories to the front lines with courage, dedication, and sacrifice. In 1983, astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman in space.
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Senate unanimously passed a resolution designating Saturday, December 16, 2017 as “Wreaths Across America Day.” On December 16th, a convoy of volunteers is scheduled to arrive at Arlington National Cemetery to lay Maine-made balsam wreaths at the grave site of American veterans interred there.
Veterans Day is one of the most sacred days on our national calendar. This year, it was a special pleasure to spend that day of remembrance and gratitude in Freedom, Maine, a town whose very name celebrates the great gift we have been given by our veterans and those who serve today.
November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, first declared by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. Just 11 years later, President Reagan himself was diagnosed with the terrible disease that eventually claimed his life, as it has claimed the lives of so many others.
Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, introduced bipartisan legislation to protect American election systems from foreign interference. The Securing America's Voting Equipment (SAVE) Act would help safeguard voting systems, registration data, and ballots from theft, manipulation, and malicious computer hackers.
Washington, D.C. - As state agencies prepare their Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) programs for the upcoming winter months, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI) are leading a bipartisan coalition of senators in urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to release funds for LIHEAP as quickly as possible under the current continuing resolution.
By: Sen. Susan M. Collins
With its magnificent buildings, monuments, and memorials, Washington is a city of inspiring sights. Just as inspiring was the sea of blue shirts worn by the more than 160 young delegates who participated in a recent hearing that I chaired on how diabetes affects people of all ages and their families.
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, released the following statement after the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced today that $597 million in additional FY 2019 funds will be needed to meet the goal of preventing or effectively treating Alzheimer’s by 2025. This goal was established by the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, which was created under the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA), authored by Senator Collins and then-Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN), in 2011.
With its marvelous parade, great food, fun, and friendships, Eastport is known for its memorable Fourth of July celebrations. The dedication of the new Breakwater in America’s easternmost city made the 2017 celebration truly unforgettable.
Sen. Susan M. Collins
In small towns and big cities across our country, Americans recently gathered to commemorate Memorial Day and honor those who died in the service of our country. This solemn day of gratitude allows us to reflect on the fact that our freedom is a gift purchased at the greatest possible price.