Chairman's Press

02.05.19

Alexander: Expanded Access to Primary Care Can Help Reduce Health Care Costs

"I have asked for specific suggestions on what the federal government can do to lower the cost of health care for American families, and this year, I am committed to passing legislation based on that input to create better outcomes and better experiences at a lower cost." WASHINGTON, D.C., February 5, 2019 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said, "Expanded access to primary care can help reduce health care costs." "Dr. Lee Gross, of Florida testified at this com… Continue Reading


02.04.19

Alexander at AEI: Congress Must Act to Make College Worth It

"The questions I hear most often about college are: Can I afford it? Is it worth it? And can you make applying for financial aid and repaying student loans simpler? And from administrators-can't you do something about the jungle of red tape that makes it so hard to apply for federal financial aid, to pay back student loans and that wastes money on overhead that could instead be spent on students? Today, I have three proposals to help make the answer to all four of those questions YES." ** For … Continue Reading


01.29.19

Alexander: Congress Must Act Soon To Ensure 27 Million Americans Can Continue to Receive Primary Care Close to Home

"Community health centers have also been an important part of combating the opioid crisis that has impacted virtually every community across the country." WASHINGTON, D.C., January 29, 2019 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said, "27 million Americans receive their primary care and other services at community health centers." Alexander said, "Community health centers are one way American families can have access to affordable health care close to home. This in… Continue Reading


01.22.19

Alexander: American Families Deserve More Choices of the Best Possible Schools for Their Children

WASHINGTON, January 22, 2019 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement commemorating National School Choice Week of 2019: "Low-income families should have more of the same choices of schools that wealthier families already have for their children. When President Trump signed the tax bill, he opened the door for families to use the tax code to exercise school choice through 529 savings accounts - which was previously only available to … Continue Reading


01.18.19

Alexander, Murray Introduce Bill to Support Community Health Centers That Allow Over 27 Million Americans to Get Care Close to Home

WASHINGTON, January 18, 2019 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today introduced legislation that will extend for five years federal funding for community health centers, and four other federal health programs, that are set to expire at the end of the fiscal year. "This legislation is the first step in ensuring millions of Americans can continue to have access to quality health care they can afford close to their homes," Alexan… Continue Reading


01.16.19

Alexander Announces Enzi, Isakson, Paul Will Serve as HELP Subcommittee Chairmen for the 116th Congress


01.04.19

Alexander Welcomes Sens. Mitt Romney, Mike Braun and Jacky Rosen to HELP Committee

WASHINGTON, January 4, 2017 - Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today welcomed Senators Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Mike Braun (R-Ind.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, after Senate leaders announced committee assignments for the 116th Congress: "I welcome Senators Mitt Romney, Mike Braun and Jacky Rosen to the HELP committee and look forward to working with them on reducing health care costs for Americans, making the cost of college wor… Continue Reading


12.20.18

Chairman Alexander: This Congress, HELP Committee Produced 18 Laws Including “Landmark” Opioid Legislation to Combat Nation’s Most Pressing Public Health Crisis

WASHINGTON, December 20, 2018 - U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said, "over the last two years, this committee has produced solutions that will have an impact on the lives of virtually every American." Chairman Alexander continued: "Most recently, in October, President Trump signed into law what Senate Majority Leader McConnell called 'landmark' legislation to fight the opioid crisis. President Trump said that this new … Continue Reading


12.15.18

Chairman Alexander Statement on Texas v. Azar Court Case

MARYVILLE, Tenn., December 15, 2018 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate's health committee, today released the following statement on the ruling in Texas v. Azar: "If the U.S. Supreme Court eventually were to agree that Obamacare is unconstitutional-which seems unlikely, however poorly the law was written-I am confident that any new federal law replacing it will continue to protect Americans with pre-existing conditions who buy health insurance." ###… Continue Reading


12.12.18

Alexander at Axios Event: The Debate Should Move From Health Insurance to Health Care Costs

"I'm going to focus on making the system more of a market, getting rid of barriers, and-if I could-find a way to make it possible for those of us who buy health care services every day to know the price of what we're paying for." - Sen. Lamar Alexander *You can watch Senator Alexander's discussion with Axios' Mike Allen here* WASHINGTON, December 12, 2018 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the health care debate should "move from health insurance to health … Continue Reading


12.11.18

Alexander, Bennet Bill to Help Prevent Premature Births to Become Law

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 11, 2018 - The U.S. House of Representatives today passed legislation sponsored by Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) to reduce infant deaths and improve infant health by continuing research and education programs aimed at preventing preterm births. The Senate passed the PREEMIE Reauthorization Act on September 12, 2018. The Senate health committee approved the legislation on June 26, 2018. "In Tenne… Continue Reading


12.11.18

Chairman Alexander: Up to Half of Health Care Spending is Unnecessary

** Click here for video of Senator Alexander's remarks ** "The five hearings we held reminded us of something else we should agree on: one major reason for the unnecessarily high cost of health care is that the health care system does not operate with the discipline and cost saving benefits of a real market. Too many barriers to innovation drive up costs. And most Americans have no idea of the true price of the health care services they buy-which also drives up costs." -Sen. Lamar Alexander … Continue Reading


11.30.18

Alexander: Goal is for Electronic Health Records to Become What Patients, Doctors Had Hoped For

"I hope, more than anything, we see consumers who say, 'Thank you, for my electronic health care records, this is amazing, it's simple.' People say that about how easy it is to make an airline reservation." - Sen. Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., November 30, 2018 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) this week said he hopes that implementation of the 21st Century Cures law will mean electronic health records become what patients and doctors and hospitals had hoped for … Continue Reading


11.29.18

HELP Committee Concludes Productive 115th Congress by Passing Five Additional Bills and Approving Four More Qualified Nominations

WASHINGTON, November 29, 2018 - The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) today concluded a productive 115th Congress by passing five additional bills and approving four more qualified nominations. At today's markup, which was the committee's final of this Congress, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said, "the work this Committee has done over the last two years will have an impact on the lives of virtually every American." "In October, President Trump signed into … Continue Reading


11.28.18

Alexander: Washington Should Get Out of the Way of Private Sector Innovation to Reduce Health Care Costs

"Going forward, I plan to take what we've learned today and from our previous four hearings, and ask leading health care policy experts for specific ideas on how the federal government can reduce the cost of health care." WASHINGTON, D.C., November 28, 2018 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said Washington should get out of the way of private companies that are "disrupting the health care system" with cost-cutting innovations. "The cost of health care is an iss… Continue Reading


11.16.18

Alexander Statement on Secretary DeVos’ Proposal to Reform Title IX

WASHINGTON, November 16, 2018- U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate's education committee, today released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Education's proposal to clarify Title IX, a law protecting people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance, so that schools will more fully understand their roles and responsibilities to better comply with the law: "Secretary DeVos has begun the … Continue Reading


11.13.18

Alexander: New App Makes Applying for Federal Aid for College like Booking An Airline Ticket

"We have apps on our phones to do anything from booking an airplane ticket to placing an Amazon order, so while it may seem very ordinary to fill out the FAFSA on an app, this is the first year it's possible. There are still too many questions on the form. But this is an important step to make it simpler for 20 million American families each year to apply for student aid." --Lamar Alexander SEVIERVILLE, TENN., November 13, 2018 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.… Continue Reading


10.24.18

President Trump Signs Alexander Bill to Fight Opioid Crisis

"This is the most important new health care law this year. It deals with the nation's worst public health epidemic by helping stop deadly fentanyl from coming from China to America by mail, finding new non-addictive pain killers, reducing the supply of opioids and providing more opportunities for treatment. During this year, Congress has appropriated $8.5 billion to implement this legislation and support communities, families, law enforcement and medical personnel who are fighting this crisis." … Continue Reading


10.22.18

Alexander: Trump Administration Announcement Will Help States Lower Health Insurance Premiums

WASHINGTON, October 22, 2018 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the Trump Administration's newly released guidance for Obamacare's section 1332 waivers: "Secretary Azar and Administrator Verma today are giving states a better tool to help lower Obamacare health insurance premiums, by giving them more freedom in the law's 1332 State Innovation Waiver. In four bipartisan health committee hearings I chaired last fall, virtually ev… Continue Reading


10.15.18

Alexander: “Strong, Bipartisan Congressional Support” for Trump Administration Step to Add Prices to Prescription Drug Ads

Maryville, Tenn., October 15, 2018 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the Trump Administration's proposed rule to add prices to prescription drug advertisements: "There is strong, bipartisan congressional support for this Trump Administration step to reduce prescription drug prices. The more consumers know about drug prices the more likely those prices are to be lower. I suggest that pharmaceutical companies expend their energy… Continue Reading

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