Chairman's Press

05.23.19

Senate Health Committee Leaders Release Bipartisan Discussion Draft Legislation to Reduce Health Care Costs

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2019 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today released the Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019-bipartisan discussion draft legislation to reduce health care costs. "There's one issue I hear a lot about from Tennesseans, and it is, 'What are you going to do about the health care costs I pay for out of my own pocket?' Well, we've got an answer," said Chairman Alexander. "Republicans and Democrats in the United… Continue Reading


05.14.19

Senate Passes Alexander, Bennet Resolution Celebrating 20th Annual National Charter Schools Week

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2019 - This week, the U.S. Senate passed Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Senator Michael Bennet's (D-Colo.) resolution celebrating the 20th annual National Charter Schools Week, which runs from May 12 through May 18, 2019, and commends the students, parents, teachers, and leaders of our nation's more than 7,000 charter schools across 44 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. "Charter schools give teachers more freedom to teach and… Continue Reading


05.09.19

Chairman Alexander Statement on White House Surprise Medical Billing Event

WASHINGTON, May 9, 2019 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after attending an event at the White House on surprise medical billing: "Ending surprise medical billing is a perfect example of how Congress and the president can work together to reduce out of pocket health care costs. Twenty percent of patients who visit the Emergency Room end up several weeks later with a several thousand dollar bill that they did not expect. I told t… Continue Reading


05.09.19

Alexander Statement on Administration Rule to Require Drug Companies to Disclose to Consumers List Prices on TV Ads

WASHINGTON, May 9, 2019 - Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the Trump Administration finalized a rule to require drug makers to disclose list prices to consumers in TV advertisements: "The Trump Administration rule is a smart idea because the more consumers know about drug prices the more likely those prices are to be lower. The Senate has already voted unanimously to make this happen last congress, and will work together again wit… Continue Reading


05.07.19

Chairman Alexander: HHS Should Be Careful Not To Go Too Far Too Fast on New Electronic Health Records Rules

"In 2015, I urged the Obama Administration to slow down implementation of Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program, which incentivized doctors and hospitals to adopt electronic health records. They did not slow down, and looking back, the results would have been better if they had. I am especially interested in getting where we want to go with input from doctors, hospitals, vendors, and insurers, so we have less confusion, make the fewest possible mistakes and make sure we don't set some kind of u… Continue Reading


05.02.19

Chairman Alexander Statement on CBO Report on Medicare for All

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2019 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office report on Medicare for All: "The Congressional Budget Office confirmed that, under the Democrat Medicare for All scheme, Americans will lose the insurance they receive on the job-meaning that the 181 million Americans that the Census Bureau estimates have employer sponsored coverage could not keep their health insurance plan, even if they like … Continue Reading


05.01.19

Alexander: China’s Designation Today of Fentanyl as a Controlled Substance Will Save Thousands of American Lives

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2019 - United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said China's decision today to control all forms of fentanyl "will save thousands of American lives." Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that can be 100 times stronger than opioid prescription pills and is the source of the greatest increase in opioid overdoses in our country. Today, May 1, the Chinese government officially designated fentanyl as a controlled substance. At the urging of U.S. Ambassador to China, Terry Branst… Continue Reading


04.30.19

Alexander Statement on White House Meeting

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2019 - U.S. Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement: "I was glad to hear that the Alexander-Murray legislation came up in the White House meeting today. It is probably the best known piece of good legislation in my 17 years in the Senate that has yet to become law. "Senator Murray and I worked hard and well together for eight months with full support from President Trump to come up with an agreement that independen… Continue Reading


04.20.19

Alexander Statement on HHS Proposed Rule to Improve Electronic Health Records

NASHVILLE, April 20, 2019- Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on a new draft of a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rule that will improve the exchange of information across health networks: "This proposed rule is an important step toward making it as easy for patients to get their medical records as it is to book an airline flight - and to reduce administrative burdens that are driving doctors away from the prac… Continue Reading


04.10.19

Chairman Alexander: Federal Government Should Not Act as A “National School Board for Colleges”

"Congress should create a new measure of accountability that looks at whether students are actually repaying their loans. A second step to improve accountability would be for the federal government to make the data it collects from colleges more useful to students and families. And third, we should strengthen the 44 federally recognized accrediting agencies upon which we rely for certifying that students are receiving a quality education." - Sen. Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, April 10, 2019 - Sen… Continue Reading


04.04.19

Alexander: President Trump Deserves Great Credit for China’s Decision to Control Fentanyl, Saving Thousands of American Lives

WASHINGTON, April 4, 2019 - United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said China's decision to control all forms of fentanyl "will save thousands of American lives." Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that can be 100 times stronger than opioid prescription pills and is the source of the greatest increase in opioid overdoses in our country. "When our senior delegation was in China in October, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency officials told me that one way or the other almost all of the… Continue Reading


04.02.19

Alexander: Congress Must Bring Certainty, Stability to the Laws Governing How Colleges Respond to Accusations of Sexual Assault

"I would like to focus on three issues raised by the Education Department's proposed Title IX rule: The requirements of due process, including cross examination; the effect of the location of the alleged assault; and the definition of sexual harassment. As Congress seeks to reauthorize the Higher Education Act this year, we should do our best to agree on ways to clarify these three issues." - Sen. Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, April 2, 2019 - U.S. Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexa… Continue Reading


04.01.19

Alexander Statement on U.S. Department of Labor Proposed Joint Employer Rule

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2019 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Labor's new proposed "joint employer" rule: "The Trump Administration's proposed rule will help restore to franchise owners, who are hurt the most by the patchwork of joint employer standards, the opportunity to make their way into the middle class. The new rule gives businesses and workers a clear standard as to whether workers have two differ… Continue Reading


03.21.19

Alexander Statement on President Trump’s Higher Education Executive Order

NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 21, 2019 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the Trump Administration's Higher Education Executive Order: "I agree with the administration that colleges should provide better data on student debt and put some 'skin in the game' to reduce student borrowing. And I agree that colleges should punish hecklers who veto free speech, and stop coddling students to protect them from disagreeable points of view. … Continue Reading


03.18.19

Chairman Alexander Statement on White House Higher Education Reform Proposal

NASHVILLE, March 18, 2019 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the Trump Administration's Higher Education Reform Proposal: "I share the Administration's goals to make a college education worth it and to make it simpler to apply for federal student aid and pay back student loans. It is helpful to have these suggestions as I work with Senator Patty Murray, the senior Democrat on the education committee, to develop bipartisan re… Continue Reading


03.12.19

Alexander: “Final Step” of Simplifying Federal Aid Will Make it Easier for 400,000 Tennessee Students to Attend College

"After five years of bipartisan work, the FAFSA is simpler and on mobile devices, and Congress is now ready to take the final step to make it easier for 20 million American families to apply for federal financial aid and to eliminate $6 billion annually of mistakes that are unfair to taxpayers." -- Sen. Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., March 12, 2019- Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said Congress is ready to take the "final step" of simplifying federal aid … Continue Reading


03.05.19

Chairman Alexander: The Science Is Sound, Vaccines Save Lives

"Vaccines are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and meet the FDA's gold standard of safety. There is nothing secret about any of this science. It is important for those who have questions about vaccines, especially parents, to speak with a reputable health care provider. As with many topics, just because you found it on the internet doesn't make it true."-Sen. Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., March 5, 2019- Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said… Continue Reading


02.27.19

Senate Education and Labor Committee Advances 11 Well-Qualified Nominees

WASHINGTON, February 27, 2019 - Following the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee's approval today of 11 well-qualified nominees, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) called on the full Senate to quickly confirm their nominations. Alexander said, "This Committee has already approved all but three of these nominees last Congress, but unfortunately, the Democrat minority has prevented these nominees from being considered on the Senate floor. This meant these well-qualified nomine… Continue Reading


02.12.19

Chairman Alexander: As We Deal With Opioid Crisis, We Must Keep In Mind Millions Of People Who Are In Pain

Now that we have started to turn the train around and head in a different direction on the use of opioids, everyone - doctors, nurses, insurers, and patients - will need to think about the different ways we should treat and manage pain. WASHINGTON, D.C., February 12, 2019- Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said, "We want to make sure that as we deal with the opioid crisis, we keep in mind those people who are in pain." "A new report released in 2018, from the Cen… Continue Reading


02.11.19

Chairman Alexander: Administration Proposals Will Help Patients Access Their Personal Medical Information

WASHINGTON, February 11, 2019 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the new Trump Administration proposals to improve electronic health records will help patients access their personal medical information. "These proposed rules remove barriers and should make it easier for patients to more quickly access, use, and understand their personal medical information. It should also unleash new ways of helping doctors and other medical providers to make sense of that i… Continue Reading

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