Chairman's Press

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


08.03.17

Senate Sends to President Bill Co-authored by Alexander to Speed Cures and Treatments to Patients

WASHINGTON, August 2 - The Senate today passed bipartisan legislation led by 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. Alexander said: "The Senate has sent to the president's desk legislation that will speed cures and treatments into patients' medicine cabinets. The first step was last year's passage of 21st Century Cures to spur medical research, an… Continue Reading


08.02.17

Alexander Votes to Confirm Marvin Kaplan to Serve as a Member of the National Labor Relations Board

WASHINGTON, August 2, 2017 - United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on his vote to confirm Marvin Kaplan as a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB): "This position has been vacant for 23 months, since President Obama declined to nominate a Republican to this then-minority seat. After years of playing the role of advocate, the NLRB should be restored to the role of neutral umpire. I'm hopeful that Mr. Kaplan will help restore some bal… Continue Reading


08.02.17

Alexander: Senate Committee Approves 2 Nominees to Address Workplace Safety

WASHINGTON, August 2, 2017 - The Senate labor committee today approved the nominations of Heather MacDougall and James Sullivan to serve as members of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC). Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today called on his Senate colleagues to confirm the nominees as soon as possible: "The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission is an independent agency tasked with helping to ensure that our nation's workers have safe workplaces," said Al… Continue Reading


08.02.17

Alexander: Committee Approves 5 Nominees Ready to Help Improve and Protect Health of All Americans

WASHINGTON, August 2, 2017 - The Senate health committee today approved the nominations of Lance Allen Robertson to serve as Assistant Secretary for Aging, Dr. Brett Giroir to serve as Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Robert Kadlec to serve as Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz to serve as Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, and Dr. Jerome Adams to serve as Surgeon General of the Public Health Service. "These five nominees have… Continue Reading


08.01.17

Alexander: Confirming Nominees Will Help Ensure HHS Can Deliver on Mission of Protecting and Improving Americans' Health

WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 1, 2017 - At today's confirmation hearing in the Senate health committee, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said, "confirming today's Department of Health and Human Services nominees will help ensure the department can deliver on its mission of protecting and improving the health of all Americans." Today's hearing is to consider the nominations of Lance Allen Robertson to serve as Assistant Secretary for Aging, Dr. Brett Giroir to serve as Assistant Secretary for Heal… Continue Reading


08.01.17

Chairman Alexander on Announcing Bipartisan Health Care Hearings: Unless Congress Acts, Millions May Not Have Insurance to Buy in 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 1 - Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following remarks: "This committee, which is the Senate's health committee, will hold hearings beginning the week of September 4th on the actions Congress should take to stabilize and strengthen the individual health insurance market so that Americans will be able to buy insurance at affordable prices in 2018. We will hear from state insurance commissioners, patients, governors, health care experts, and insurance comp… Continue Reading


08.01.17

Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray Announce Health Care Committee Hearings

WASHINGTON, August 1, 2017 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today released the following statement: "This committee will hold hearings beginning the week of September 4th on the actions Congress should take to stabilize and strengthen the individual health insurance market so that Americans will be able to buy insurance at affordable prices in the year 2018. We will hear from state insurance commissioners, patients, governors… Continue Reading


07.28.17

Alexander Votes to Take Next Step to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2017 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement about the United States Senate's vote today, 49-51, not to approve an amendment that would have moved the health care bill debate to a conference of the Senate and the House of Representatives: "I voted to take the next step toward what I believed was our best opportunity to repeal and replace Obamacare. The Senate's failure to do this leaves an urgent problem that I am committed to addressing… Continue Reading

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