Chairman's Press

12.14.17

Alexander, Murray Ask Nation’s Governors, Insurance Commissioners How Federal Government Can Be Best Partner for States on the Front Lines of Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, December 14 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today sent a letter to every governor and state insurance commissioner in the nation asking for their specific recommendations on how the federal government can be the most effective partner for states in the battle against the opioid crisis. "We are writing to ask what further changes to federal law or regulations would be helpful as you work to combat the opioid crisi… Continue Reading


12.13.17

Alexander: Early Intervention in Mental Health is Critical

"Sean is one person out of nearly 10 million in the United States with a serious mental health condition. Without treatment, his story could have had a very different outcome… Over the past few years, this Committee has worked in a bipartisan way to update parts of the federal mental health system for the first time in over a decade… I look forward to hearing about the progress being made to ensure more people can receive the help they need and have positive outcomes like Sean." W… Continue Reading


12.13.17

Senate HELP Committee Approves 3 Nominees to Education Department, 4 Nominees to Labor Department

WASHINGTON, December 13, 2017 - The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee today approved and sent to the Senate floor seven nominees for the Department of Education and Department of Labor. For the Education Department, Brigadier General Mitchell Zais is nominated to serve as Deputy Secretary, James Blew is nominated to serve as Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, and Johnny Collett is nominated to serve as Assistant Secretary for Special Educa… Continue Reading


12.12.17

Alexander: Health Committee Explores Practical Solutions to Make Biomedical Miracles More Affordable

"The system is extremely complex and there are many factors that could have caused Joseph, who wrote the constituent letter I mentioned, to be charged $150 for his prescription - for example, what type of insurance plan did his family have? Is it a prescription drug where there is only one manufacturer? Is it a new drug with no generic substitute available?" WASHINGTON, DC, December 12, 2017 -Senate health committee chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said Congress is working to find solut… Continue Reading


12.08.17

Alexander to Tennessee Farmer: We’ve Got a Christmas Present for You

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2017 - Senate health committee chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) urged Congress to deliver "a very good Christmas present" by passing his bipartisan legislation to lower health insurance premiums by 18 percent -- that's according to Avalere, which is one of the leading health consulting firms in the country and made the announcement this week. The senator said that the legislation will not just reduce premiums, but will also reduce the amount of federal tax dollars that go t… Continue Reading


12.07.17

Alexander Holds Hearing to Ensure Patients Benefit from 21st Century Cures Law

"[A] law is not worth the paper it's printed on if it is not implemented properly. I intend to ensure Cures is… implemented properly... Today we are hearing from Dr. Collins and Dr. Gottlieb on the provisions related to biomedical research. We are fortunate to have two talented leaders who know their agencies, are widely respected in Congress, and capable of getting results." WASHINGTON, December 7, 2017-Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander today held a hearing to ensure pati… Continue Reading


12.05.17

Senate HELP Committee Considers Education, Labor Nominees Who Have Broad Support

WASHINGTON, December 5, 2017 - The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee today held a hearing for two Department of Education nominees, Ken Marcus to serve as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights and Johnny Collett to serve as Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, and two Department of Labor nominees, Scott Mugno to serve as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health and Dr. William Beach to serve as Commissioner of Labor St… Continue Reading


12.04.17

Alexander Announces Policy Directors for Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee

WASHINGTON, December 4 - Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today announced he has named three new majority staff policy directors. Grace Stuntz will serve as Health Policy Director, Bob Moran will serve as Education Policy Director, and Andy Banducci will serve as Labor and Pensions Policy Director. "We are fortunate this talented group of individuals is working to help tackle some of the most important issues facing Americans today… Continue Reading


11.30.17

Alexander: Federal Government Should Be the Best Possible Partner for States on Front Lines of Opioid Crisis “Ravaging” Our Country

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 30, 2017 -- Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that "we must ensure the federal government is the best possible partner for states on the front lines of the opioid crisis ravaging our country." Today's hearing - the second in a series of hearings on the opioid crisis - is focused on what is happening at the state and local levels to address the crisis and follows a Senate health committee meeting last month to hear from administrat… Continue Reading


11.29.17

Alexander to HHS Secretary Nominee Alex Azar: As Secretary, You Can Help Lower Premiums for the 350,000 Tennesseans in the Individual Health Insurance Market

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 29, 2017 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today chaired a hearing for Alex Azar, President Trump's nominee to serve as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where he urged Azar, if confirmed, to work to lower Tennesseans' health insurance premiums and stabilize the individual health insurance market. "If confirmed, you will be faced with skyrocketing premiums in the individual health insurance market that are currently a nightmare fo… Continue Reading


11.29.17

Alexander to Azar: Your Broad Experience is an Obvious Asset in Leading HHS

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 29, 2017 - At a confirmation hearing today for Alex Azar, President Trump's nominee to serve as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that Azar's "broad experience is a principal asset to leading the Department." "You have served in the judicial branch as a law clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia and you know the executive branch, having been HHS General Counsel and Deputy Secretary… Continue Reading


11.28.17

Alexander: Time to Simplify the FAFSA

WASHINGTON, November 28, 2017 - Senate education Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that, "after four years of discussions over how to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or the FAFSA, it is time to come to a result to make it easier for students to apply for federal financial aid." "Nearly 20 million students fill out the FAFSA every year and we have heard o… Continue Reading


11.27.17

Hospitals, Doctors, Patients Support HHS Secretary Nominee Alex Azar—“Uniquely Qualified,” “Steady Hand,” “Tested Leader,” “Superior Credentials”

American Hospital Association: "We welcome the nomination of Alex Azar to be Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. We are confident that his extensive background in business, health care and medicine distinguishes him as a uniquely qualified candidate for the vacancy. The expertise garnered from his career in the private sector and prior public service at HHS as Deputy Secretary will prove to be particularly valuable in addressing the serious challenges facing our nation's he… Continue Reading


11.16.17

Alexander, Burr: Senate Unanimously Passes Legislation to Help FDA Better Equip Warfighters with Lifesaving Treatments

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2017 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) made the following statements after the Senate today sent to the president legislation that would speed safe drugs and devices for use in battlefield emergencies: Alexander said: "There was a problem and this legislation is going to give FDA the tools to solve that problem by getting safe and effective medicines more rapidly to warfighters on… Continue Reading


11.16.17

Alexander Statement on FDA Regenerative Medicine Guidance

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2017 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement about new Food and Drug Administration guidance on regenerative medicine: "I am glad Commissioner Gottlieb is implementing the 21st Century Cures Act in such a way that Americans can access the near-miracles regenerative medicine can provide while ensuring bad actors don't take advantage of the hope and promise in this field to harm or defraud patients looking for help.… Continue Reading


11.16.17

Alexander Meets with HHS Secretary Nominee Alex Azar

WASHINGTON, November 16 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after meeting this morning with Alex Azar-President Trump's nominee for United States Secretary of Health and Human Services: "I was glad to host Alex Azar in my office this morning and was impressed with his knowledge and experience. As a former Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services and private sector executive, Alex Azar has the qualifications to get results." The Sen… Continue Reading


11.15.17

HELP Committee Holds Hearing on 4 Well-Qualified Nominees for Positions at the Education and Labor Departments

WASHINGTON, November 15, 2017 - Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee held a confirmation hearing on four of the President's nominees for positions at the Department of Education and the Department of Labor. For the Education Department, Brigadier General Mitchel Zais is nominated to serve as Deputy Secretary and James Blew is nominated to serve as Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development. For the Labor Department, Kate O'Scannlain is no… Continue Reading


11.15.17

Alexander: Surgeon General Focus on Wellness Could Have Real Impact on Lives of Millions of Americans

WASHINGTON, November 15, 2017 - At a Senate health committee hearing today with Surgeon General Jerome Adams, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that Dr. Adams' focus on wellness could have a real impact on the lives of millions of Americans. "Dr. Adams said at his confirmation hearing he would make wellness a centerpiece of his agenda and has said his first Surgeon General's Report will focus on health and the economy," said Alexander. "It makes sense for that to be his focus, be… Continue Reading


11.14.17

Alexander: Gene Editing Technology, When Used Properly, Has the Potential to Transform Human Health

WASHINGTON, November 14, 2017 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that "gene editing technology, like CRISPR-cas9, has the potential to transform human health, when used properly." "CRISPR is a form of gene editing that essentially uses molecules that can be targeted to act as scissors to cut and edit genes," said Alexander. "In a way, it is like cutting and pasting in a computer document. That may be an oversimplification, but this technology is less expe… Continue Reading


11.13.17

Alexander Statement on Selection of Alex Azar to Serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services

WASHINGTON, November 13 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on President Trump's selection of Alex Azar to serve as United States Secretary of Health and Human Services: "As a former Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services and private sector executive, Alex Azar has the qualifications and experience to get results. The Senate health committee will promptly schedule a hearing on his nomination." ###… Continue Reading

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