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Home Care and Hospice Month: A Time to Recognize Medical Professionals Who Provide Expert Care for Patients Each Day

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.

 

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Maine and Togus: A Proud Record of Honoring and Caring for Our Veterans

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.

 

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Bipartisan Legislation Authored by Senators Collins, McCaskill to Prohibit Pharmacy “Gag Clauses” Signed into Law

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.

 

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Fighting for Maine’s Lobster Industry

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. 

 

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Stopping Senior Scams

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. 

 

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From $30 to $3,800 Per Month: Falmouth Senior with Rheumatoid Arthritis Testifies About Hardships Caused by Prescription Price Spike

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.

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Supporting Family Caregivers

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.

 

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Enhancing Opportunities for Women to Continue to Achieve Success in Aviation

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.

 

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Senate Passes Collins, King Resolution Marking December 16, 2017, as “Wreaths Across America Day”

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. 

 

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Collins, Heinrich Unveil Bipartisan Legislation to Protect U.S. Election Systems from Foreign Interference

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. 

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Senators Collins, Reed Call for Quick Distribution of Heating Assistance Funding

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.

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NIH States $597 Million in Additional FY 2019 Funding Needed for Alzheimer's Research

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.

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