Chairman's Press

11.03.17

Alexander: Senate Should Act Quickly to Continue Important Public Health Programs

MARYVILLE, Tennessee, November 3-Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed The CHAMPION Act, which extends funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and extends mandatory funding for important public health programs in the Senate health committee's jurisdiction: "I'm glad that when the House voted today to extend funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program-which provide… Continue Reading


11.03.17

Alexander on Senate Confirmation of Kyle Fortson as a Member of the National Mediation Board

MARYVILLE, Tennessee, November 3-Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after the Senate confirmed Kyle Fortson as a member of the National Mediation Board: "A dedicated public servant, Kyle Fortson is eminently qualified to serve on the board. While this is a loss for the Senate labor committee, and I am sorry Kyle will no longer be a part of my staff, I am certain her diligence and expertise will be an asset to the board." Fortson ha… Continue Reading


11.02.17

Thune, Senate Health IT Working Group Members Reintroduce Legislation to Improve Meaningful Use Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Pat Roberts (R-Kans.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) today reintroduced the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Regulatory Relief Act (S. 2059), legislation that would provide regulatory flexibility and hardship relief to address compliance burdens faced by EHR users. Similar legislation was introduced in the 114th Congress. "Health information technology, especially the advancements in … Continue Reading


11.01.17

Open Enrollment 2018: Americans Face Year 5 of Higher Premiums & Shrinking Choices

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 1 - The Affordable Care Act has failed to live up to its promises since day one. As this year's open enrollment for Obamacare begins, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today released the following analysis on the status of Obamacare for Americans - another year of higher costs, fewer health insurance options, and increased taxpayer burden.[1] Alexander and Ha… Continue Reading


11.01.17

Alexander: Tennesseans Buying Insurance Without Subsidies This Year Have Highest Premium Increase in the Nation

WASHINGTON, November 1, 2017 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said today, as open enrollment begins, his bipartisan bill will help the hardworking Tennesseans who are "getting hammered" because they buy insurance in the individual health insurance market and don't get a government subsidy to help them. These are the people who will have the highest percentage increase in premiums for HealthCare.gov states nationwide. "Under the Alexander-Murray plan, if you're one of the roughly 150… Continue Reading


11.01.17

More than 200 Groups Support Alexander-Murray Bipartisan Short-Term Legislation to Stabilize Premiums, Protect Access to Insurance

Washington, D.C., Nov. 1 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced the support of more than 200 groups for their short-term bipartisan legislation to stabilize premiums and access to insurance in individual health insurance markets. Supporters of the legislation include organizations representing patients, doctors, hospitals, mayors, governors, state insurance commissioners, researchers, religious organizations, busine… Continue Reading


10.31.17

Alexander to A.B. Stoddard: Under Alexander-Murray, $3.1 Billion Will Be Rebated to Taxpayers, With Billions More in Rebates to Consumers

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 31 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) in a radio interview with A.B. Stoddard said that under his bipartisan legislation with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and 22 Senate cosponsors, $3.1 billion will be rebated to taxpayers, with billions more in rebates to consumers. At the beginning of the interview on the senator's bipartisan bill, Stoddard said, "This week, we had big news - which is that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office came out wi… Continue Reading


10.31.17

Alexander: Getting Electronic Health Records “Out of the Ditch” is Critical to the Future of Medical Innovation

WASHINGTON, October 31, 2017-Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that "electronic health records are a critical piece to the future of medical innovation and the success of the 21st Century Cures Act, and I intend to ensure these provisions are implemented properly." "Last December, we passed the 21st Century Cures Act, legislation we hope will help virtually every American family by taking advantage of breathtaking advances in biomedical research," Alexander s… Continue Reading


10.31.17

Alexander: Hardworking Tennesseans—Not Insurance Companies—Are the Ones Hurt By Congressional Inaction on Cost-Sharing Payments

WASHINGTON, October 31, 2017-Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) in remarks on the Senate floor yesterday evening, said that hardworking Tennesseans-not insurance companies-are the ones hurt by congressional inaction on Obamacare's cost-sharing reduction payments. "When the 18 million Americans in the individual insurance market-those are Americans, shop keepers, song writers, farmers - men and women who don't get health insurance from the government or on the job-when th… Continue Reading


10.27.17

Alexander: Education Department Decision to Weed Out 600 Pieces of Old and Unnecessary Guidance is Exactly What Most Americans Think Washington D.C., Should Do

GATLINBURG, October 27, 2017 - Senate education Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the Education Department's announcement that it is withdrawing nearly 600 out-of-date pieces of sub-regulatory guidance that have been superseded by current law or are no longer in effect is "what most Americans think Washington D.C., should do." "Everyone in Washington has a new idea for education - and each administration uses its power to pile new ideas on top of old. But Education Secretary DeVos i… Continue Reading


10.26.17

Alexander: President Trump is Providing Important Leadership in Combatting the Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, OCTOBER 26, 2017-Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on President Trump's remarks today on combatting the opioid crisis: "President Trump's announcement today provides important leadership in helping states tackle the opioid crisis head on. Last year, 1,631 Tennesseans died of a drug overdose-12 percent more than the year before-and the highest rate of drug overdose deaths in recorded history in Tennessee. Nearly 3 out of 4 of … Continue Reading


10.26.17

Alexander: Universities Should Be Places Where People of Different Views Speak, Audiences Listen, and Contrasting Viewpoints Are Encouraged

WASHINGTON, October 26, 2017 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said "universities should be the place where people of different views may speak, audiences can listen, and many contrasting viewpoints are encouraged." "There is a long history of shouting down speakers with whom students and other members of the university community disagree or take offense on college campuses," Alexander said. "When I was a student in the 1960's at Vanderbilt University, the Jo… Continue Reading


10.25.17

Alexander: CBO Says Alexander-Murray Bill Will Put Rebates in Americans’ Wallets, Will Not Bailout Insurance Companies

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2017 - United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today, in remarks on the Senate floor, announced the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office finds his bipartisan stabilization bill with Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) will benefit taxpayers and consumers-not insurance companies. "The president has said repeatedly, Senator Murray has said repeatedly, I have said repeatedly the Alexander-Murray short term, bipartisan plan to reduce premiums and avoid chaos must not bail… Continue Reading


10.25.17

CBO: Alexander-Murray Will Provide Savings; Benefit Taxpayers and Low-Income Americans, Not Insurance Companies

WASHINGTON, October 25, 2017-Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today released the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) report on the Bipartisan Health Care Stabilization Act of 2017: "This nonpartisan analysis shows that our bill provides savings and ensures that funding two years of cost-sharing payments will benefit taxpayers and low-income Americans, not insurance companies. "CBO has also told us th… Continue Reading


10.24.17

Alexander Statement on Massachusetts Being Denied its 1332 Waiver Request

WASHINGTON, October 23, 2017 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after Massachusetts' 1332 waiver application was denied because there wasn't enough time to implement before the next open enrollment window begins: "Under the Alexander-Murray bill, states can get waivers approved in 45 days if the situation requires urgent action-so Massachusetts could have had its waiver approved by now to help reduce chaos when open enrollment begins ne… Continue Reading


10.23.17

Alexander Statement on Iowa’s Decision to Withdraw 1332 Waiver Request

WASHINGTON, October 23, 2017 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on Iowa's decision to withdraw its 1332 waiver request, citing "inflexible" requirements of the Affordable Care Act: "Iowa's decision is further evidence that the Affordable Care Act is too restrictive to allow states to help people who need to buy insurance. The so-called guardrails have become road blocks. The Alexander-Murray bipartisan legislation - co-sponsored by Sena… Continue Reading


10.19.17

Alexander: 24 Senators, including 12 Republicans, Cosponsor Temporary Legislation to Keep Premiums from Rising 20 Percent, Keep Federal Debt from Spiking $194 Billion in 10 Years

WASHINGTON, October 19, 2017 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander today spoke on the Senate floor, announcing he and eleven other Republican senators are among 24 senators cosponsoring temporary legislation to keep premiums from rising 20 percent and to keep the federal debt from spiking $194 billion in 10 years. "Our agreement permanently amends the Affordable Care Act to give new flexibility for states to create insurance policies that have a larger variety and lower costs and i… Continue Reading


10.19.17

Group of 24 Senators Cosponsors Short-Term Legislation to Stabilize Premiums, Access to Insurance

WASHINGTON, October 19-A group of 24 senators-12 Republicans and 12 Democrats led by Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.)-today released short-term bipartisan legislation to stabilize premiums and access to insurance in individual health insurance markets. Alexander and Murray said: "We have reached an agreement on bipartisan legislation that will extend cost-sharing reduction payments during 2018 and 2019, protect consumers facing… Continue Reading


10.19.17

Alexander: To Really Improve Americans’ Health, Connect Wellness Programs and Employer Insurance

WASHINGTON, October 19 - Today, Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said, "if we really want to focus on improving Americans' health, why not connect the consensus on wellness to the insurance policies that 178 million Americans get from their job." "There is remarkable consensus that a healthy lifestyle leads to longer and better lives, and reduces the nation's health care costs," said Alexander. "Wellness programs that reward behaviors such as exercising, maintaining a … Continue Reading


10.18.17

Alexander Statement on Committee Approval of Kyle Fortson to Serve as Member of the National Mediation Board

WASHINGTON, October 18 - Today, Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) made the following statement after the committee confirmed Kyle Fortson to serve as a member of the National Mediation Board: "While the Board is very fortunate to have Kyle as a member, it will be a loss to the committee, where she has served for so many years. Her experience, knowledge and diligence will make Kyle an ideal member of the board, and I hope the Senate will quickly confirm her." Forts… Continue Reading

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