Chairman's Press

09.28.17

Alexander on Perkins Loans: Time to Simplify Student Aid System to One Grant, One Loan, One Work Study Program

WASHINGTON, September 28 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the expiration of the Perkins Loan Program: "In 2015, Congress passed a bipartisan law to phase out the Perkins loan program as a part of a longer term effort to simplify federal student aid. The Senate education committee will begin this fall to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, and my hope is that we can move toward a simplified student aid system of one gr… Continue Reading


09.26.17

Chairman Alexander Statement on Stabilizing 2018 and 2019 Premiums, Ensuring Access to Health Insurance in Individual Market

WASHINGTON, September 26 - Senate health committee chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the Senate's health care work: "I will consult with Senator Murray and with other senators, both Republicans and Democrats, to see if senators can find consensus on a limited bipartisan plan that could be enacted into law to help lower premiums and make insurance available to the 18 million Americans in the individual market in 2018 and 2019. "I would have voted for t… Continue Reading


09.25.17

Alexander: Senate Confirmation of Republican Bill Emanuel Restores Balance to National Labor Relations Board

WASHINGTON, September 25, 2017 - United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on his vote to confirm Bill Emanuel as a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB): "Filling this final vacant seat on the National Labor Relations Board will help restore the board to its intended purpose of acting as a neutral umpire after years of playing the role of advocate. Bill Emanuel will help bring balance to the board and stability to our nation's workplac… Continue Reading


09.19.17

Chairman Alexander Statement on Bipartisan Health Insurance Stabilization Work

"Senator Murray and I had hoped to agree early this week on a limited, bipartisan plan to stabilize 2018 premiums in the individual health insurance market that we could take to Senate leaders by the end of the month. During the last month, we have worked hard and in good faith, but have not found the necessary consensus among Republicans and Democrats to put a bill in the Senate leaders' hands that could be enacted."… Continue Reading


09.19.17

Alexander to EEOC Nominees: Encourage Better Health, Lower Costs With Clear Guidelines for Employee Wellness Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 19, 2017 - At a confirmation hearing for two Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) nominees, Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said the EEOC should encourage better health and lower costs with clear guidelines for employee wellness programs. "While there are many components to the cost of health care, there is consensus that wellness and leading a heathier lifestyle reduce the need for health care and save money and lives," Alexander … Continue Reading


09.14.17

Alexander: If We Want to Protect Patients, Congress Needs to Get a Result to Help States Stabilize Markets, Limit Premium Increases

WASHINGTON, September 14 - At the Senate health committee's fourth health care hearing this month, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that "it's clear to truly protect patients, we need to stabilize the markets, limit premium increases, and begin to lower premiums in the future." "For seven years, hardly a civil word was spoken between Republicans and Democrats on the Affordable Care Act," Alexander said. "But for the last 10 days, senators from both sides of the aisle have engaged in seri… Continue Reading


09.12.17

Alexander: Any Health Insurance Compromise for 2018 that Includes Cost-Sharing Payments Must Include Real Flexibility for States

WASHINGTON, September 12 - At the third of four Senate health care hearings this month, held to hear testimony from state flexibility experts, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that any health insurance compromise for a stability bill including cost-sharing payments must also include real flexibility for states. "The individual market is where 18 million Americans buy their insurance, "Alexander said, "The cost of premiums, co-pays and deductibles have been skyrocketing in many states. Ha… Continue Reading


09.08.17

Alexander: Senate Passes 3 Public Health Bills to Help More American Families Lead Healthier Lives

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 8, 2017 - The Senate this week passed three bipartisan public health bills to help more American families lead healthier lives. The three bills were overwhelmingly approved in April by the Senate health committee, chaired by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.). "These bills each take important steps to help more American families lead healthier lives," Alexander said. "These bills work to support states in screening and linking to follow-up care for infants with hearing loss;… Continue Reading


09.07.17

Alexander Votes for Additional $2 Billion Increase for Advances in Biomedical Research at National Institutes of Health

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 7, 2017 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today voted for a funding bill that supports biomedical research and continues year-round Pell grant availability for Tennessee students. "Governing is about setting priorities, and that is exactly what this Republican-led Senate is doing," Alexander said. "This funding bill provides a $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the third consecutive year, which includes $496 million for the NIH I… Continue Reading


09.07.17

Alexander to Governors: Congress Should Make it Easier for States to Limit Premium Increases in 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 7, 2017 - At the second of four Senate health care hearings this month, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that his goal for the hearings is to produce limited, bipartisan, and balanced legislation to help 18 million Americans afford their insurance next year. "If Congress acts, "Alexander said, "we can limit increases in premiums in 2018, continue support for co-pays and deductibles for many low-income families, help make health insurance available for the 18 mill… Continue Reading


09.06.17

Alexander: Congress Needs to Take Small, Balanced Step to Help 18 Million Americans Afford Health Insurance Next Year

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 6, 2017 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today launched a series of hearings on helping 18 million Americans be able to access and afford health insurance in 2018. Alexander said at today's hearing, "This step is not so small to 18 million Americans-songwriters, the self-employed, farmers-those who do not get their health insurance from the government or on the job. These 18 million buy their health insurance in the individual market, and abo… Continue Reading


08.31.17

Alexander, Murray: 5 State Flexibility Experts to Testify at Sept. 12 Hearing on Stabilizing Premiums in the Individual Insurance Market

WASHINGTON, August 31 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced that on September 12 the Senate's health committee will meet to hear testimony from health care experts on ways to increase state flexibility in the individual health insurance market. Governor Michael O. Leavitt, Former Secretary of Health and Human Services Allison Leigh O'Toole, Chief Executive Officer, MNsure, Minneapolis, MN Tarren Bragdon, CEO… Continue Reading


08.31.17

Alexander, Murray: Witnesses Representing Doctors, Hospitals, Insurers, Patients, and Insurance Commissioners to Testify at Sept. 14 Hearing on Stabilizing Premiums in the Individual Insurance Market

WASHINGTON, August 31 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced that on September 14 the Senate's health committee will meet to hear testimony from health care stakeholders representing doctors, hospitals, insurers, patients, and insurance commissioners. Manny Sethi M.D., President of Healthy Tennessee, Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon, Nashville, TN Susan L Turney MD, MS, FACP, FACMPE, Chief Executive Officer, Marshfie… Continue Reading


08.30.17

Alexander: Approval of New State Education Plan “Puts Tennesseans Back in the Driver’s Seat for Helping Tennessee Students Achieve”

WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 30 - Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that the U.S. Education Department's approval of Tennessee's new state education plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) means "Tennesseans are back in the driver's seat for decisions on how to help Tennessee students learn and how to get talented teachers into our classrooms." "This is an exciting day for Tennessee students," Alexander said. "With the approval of its new state plan under the Every Student Succeeds A… Continue Reading


08.29.17

Alexander Commends Administration for Rescinding Obama-era Mandate to Increase by 20-fold Employee Data Required From 61,000 Private Employers

WASHINGTON, August 29 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) rescinded an Obama-era Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) data collection mandate to increase by 20 times the employment data it currently collects from each of the 61,000 private employers on their 63 million employees. "This agency is supposed to be protecting American workers from discrimination. Instead the EEOC … Continue Reading


08.25.17

Alexander, Murray: 5 State Insurance Commissioners to Testify at Sept. 6 Hearing on Stabilizing Premiums in the Individual Insurance Market

WASHINGTON, August 25 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced that on September 6 the Senate's health committee will hear testimony from state insurance commissioners representing the states of Tennessee, Washington, Pennsylvania, Alaska and Oklahoma. • Julie Mix McPeak, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance • Mike Kreidler, OD, Washington State Insurance Commissioner &b… Continue Reading


08.23.17

Alexander, Murray: 5 Governors to Testify at Sept. 7 Hearing on Stabilizing Premiums in the Individual Market

WASHINGTON, August 23 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced the Senate health committee will hear September 7 from governors representing the states of Massachusetts, Montana, Tennessee, Utah and Colorado. · Charlie Baker, Governor, State of Massachusetts · Steve Bullock, Governor, State of Montana · Bill Haslam, Governor, State of Tennessee · Gary Her… Continue Reading


08.22.17

Alexander, Murray Announce First Two September Bipartisan Health Care Hearings

WASHINGTON, August 22, 2017 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced the Senate health committee will hear from state insurance commissioners and governors, respectively, at the first two bipartisan hearings in September on stabilizing premiums in the individual insurance market. Senator Alexander said: "Eighteen million Americans, including 350,000 Tennesseans - songwriters, farmers, and the self-employed - do not ge… Continue Reading


08.18.17

President Signs Alexander, Murray Bill to Speed Delivery of Safe, Effective Cures and Treatments to Patients

WASHINGTON, August 18 - President Trump today signed bipartisan legislation authored by Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to speed safe drugs and medical devices into patients' medicine cabinets and doctors' offices, while maintaining the highest standards of safety and effectiveness. "The legislation signed by the president today will speed the FDA's work to review new cures and treatments and get them into patients' medicine c… Continue Reading


08.16.17

Chairman Alexander Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Make August Cost Sharing Reduction Payments

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 16, 2017 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on President Trump's decision to make August cost sharing reduction payments: "The president's decision helps 18 million Americans who buy health insurance on the individual market-songwriters, farmers, and the self-employed who don't get insurance from the government or on the job. State insurance commissioners have warned that abrupt cancellation of cost-sharin… Continue Reading

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