Chairman's Press

08.01.18

Alexander Statement on Administration Rule to Expand Access to Short-Term Insurance Plans

WASHINGTON, August 1 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the Trump Administration's final rule to expand the availability of short-term, limited-duration health insurance: "Millions of Americans who are between jobs and who pay for their own insurance will welcome this extended option for lower-cost, short-term, renewable policies. During the 1990's, Congress gave states this authority to offer short-term plans, and during most … Continue Reading


07.31.18

Alexander: Senate Passes Legislation to Keep Animals Healthy, Protect Food Supply

"A farmer in Tennessee knows the drug he has given to his calf is safe for the same reason we know that the medicines patients take are safe-the Food and Drug Administration has approved it." WASHINGTON, D.C., July 31, 2018 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said legislation passed by the Senate will help keep animals healthy and protect the food supply. "A farmer in Tennessee knows the drug he has given to his calf is safe for the same reason we know that the … Continue Reading


07.31.18

Alexander: To Reduce Health Care Costs, We Must Reduce Administrative Burden on Doctors, Hospitals

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 31, 2018 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the federal government is at fault for some of the administrative burden that the nation's doctors and hospitals face-which means "more time spent on paperwork, less time actually treating patients, and an increase to the cost of health care." "Administrative costs are much higher in the United States than in other countries," Alexander said. "According to Dr. Ashish Jha, a witness at our fir… Continue Reading


07.26.18

Alexander, Administration Exploring Ways to Modernize Apprenticeships for American Workers

"The hope is that with a modernized approach to apprenticeships, industries that weren't around when Paul Revere was training to be a silversmith or even when Elvis was learning to be an electrician, would be able to start apprenticeship programs." WASHINGTON, July 26, 2018 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that a modernized approach to apprenticeships may help more industries use apprenticeships to train skilled workers. "In this booming economy, there are 6.6 m… Continue Reading


07.25.18

Alexander: Senate Democrats Block Common-Sense Bill to Help Restaurants Provide Calorie Counts for Americans

WASHINGTON, July 25, 2018 - Senate Democrats today blocked a common-sense bill to help restaurants with more than 20 locations comply with a federal rule that they provide calorie counts for Americans. "If I'm a 21-year-old manager at the Chick-fil-A in Chattanooga, Tennessee, I would be pretty hesitant to sign a statement, as currently required by the rule, that could subject me to criminal and financial penalties because one of my employees put extra slices of cheese on a sandwich," Alexander… Continue Reading


07.25.18

Alexander: Legislation Strengthening Career and Technical Education Heads to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 25, 2018 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act: "At a time when our economy is booming, companies everywhere are in the market for skilled workers. Over 200,000 Tennesseans participate in the career and technical education programs funded by this legislation that will give them the skills they need to find a go… Continue Reading


07.25.18

Alexander: Secretary DeVos Right to Propose New Safeguards for Students, Taxpayers

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 25, 2018 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Education released a new regulation on borrower defense to repayment: "Secretary DeVos is right to propose new regulations that set important safeguards and clear standards for when a student can file a claim, so taxpayers aren't paying for unreasonable or unsubstantiated claims of fraud. Federal law allows students to petition the U… Continue Reading


07.25.18

Senate Committee Approves Bill Allowing Pharmacists to Tell Patients That a Drug is Cheaper if They Use Cash Instead of Insurance

WASHINGTON, July 25, 2018 - The Senate health committee today approved four important pieces of legislation, including a bill that will help Americans who are struggling to afford their prescriptions, and a bill that will encourage research to help treat sickle cell disease. "Many Americans struggle to afford their prescriptions," Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said. "Senator Collins' bill ends 'gag rules' that prevent a pharmacist from telling a patient that a prescription is cheaper if th… Continue Reading


06.26.18

Senate Health Committee Advances Alexander, Bennet “PREEMIE” Bill to Give Infants Hope for Healthier Lives

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2018 - The Senate health committee today passed legislation sponsored by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) to reduce infant deaths and improve infant health by continuing research and education programs aimed at preventing preterm births. "In Tennessee, about 11 percent of babies are born preterm," said Alexander, who is chairman of the Senate health committee. "I first introduced the PREEMIE Act in 2003, with the encouragement of the Ma… Continue Reading


06.26.18

Senate HELP Committee Advances Bills to Help Prevent Premature Births, Improve Career and Technical Education Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 26, 2018 - The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee today approved reauthorizations of the PREEMIE Act, aimed at preventing premature births, and the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. "In Tennessee, about 11 percent of babies are born preterm," Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said. "I first introduced the PREEMIE Act in 2003, with the encouragement of the March of Dimes, to support health care professionals caring for babies born p… Continue Reading


06.25.18

Alexander: Senate Approves Record Funding for Government-Sponsored Research

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2018 - United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that "bipartisan support for government-sponsored research should be part of the president's 'America First' agenda," after the Republican-led Senate passed the first appropriations bills for the next fiscal year, including the Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill from Alexander's subcommittee. "I want to suggest that a candidate for the president's 'America First' agenda that has bipartisan suppo… Continue Reading


06.21.18

Alexander: Senate Committee Approves Bill to Help Secure Border, Stop Illegal Opioids from Entering the U.S.

WASHINGTON, June 21, 2018 - United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said the bill approved today by the Senate Appropriations Committee will take another step in the fight against the opioids crisis by helping stop illicit opioids, including heroin and fentanyl from entering the United States. Alexander said, "The Homeland Security Appropriations bill provides the funding and resources needed to help stop illicit opioids, including heroin and fentanyl from entering the United States - a… Continue Reading


06.19.18

Alexander: Trump Administration Plan Would Give Potentially Millions More Americans Access to Lower Cost Employer Insurance

"To the plumber in Memphis, the songwriter in Nashville, or the bakery owner in Chattanooga, who have been paying through the nose since Obamacare took effect, who might be making $60,000 dollars per year and paying $20,000 for health insurance and who is very likely not receiving a subsidy, the Trump Administration appears to have found a potential solution." WASHINGTON, June 19, 2018 - Senate health and labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said a new Trump Administration … Continue Reading


06.19.18

Alexander: Congress Needs More Information to Make 340B Program Work Better for Patients 

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2018 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said Congress needs more accurate information to determine how to make the 340B Program work better for patients and hospitals. "There is no consistent data that shows how hospitals and clinics are spending the money they save through the 340B Program," Alexander said. "The reason we don't have much data is because the agency that oversees the program - the Health Resources and Services Administration (… Continue Reading


06.15.18

Alexander to CMS: Make State Innovation Waivers a More Powerful Tool for Lowering Health Insurance Costs

"I have tried to fix this problem in Congress. Unfortunately, not a single Democrat would work with us to repeal and replace Obamacare. When efforts to repeal the law stalled, I tried for seven months to find a short-term, bipartisan solution to help Americans trapped in the Obamacare marketplaces - and I appreciate your assistance on those efforts. I worked on a bipartisan proposal that included new permanent flexibility for the State Innovation Waivers, and funding that would have lowered prem… Continue Reading


06.15.18

Senate Republicans Urge Trump Administration to Expand Access to Lower Cost Employer Insurance to Potentially Millions More Americans

"These plans include the important patient protections that apply to the roughly 160 million Americans who receive coverage from large employers. An AHP cannot charge a higher premium because a patient has a pre-existing condition, deny coverage of a pre-existing health condition, cancel an employee's plan because the employee gets sick or impose annual or lifetime limits on benefit coverage. An AHP must offer coverage to dependent children up to age 26, if dependent coverage is offered, and mus… Continue Reading


06.15.18

Statement from Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray on the June 20 HELP Executive Session

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2018 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today released the following statement regarding the postponement of the committee's Executive Session scheduled for June 20: "We have announced an Executive Session for June 20 for a series of important bills and nominations. Our goal is bipartisan agreement on the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, and we are making significant progress toward that goal… Continue Reading


06.14.18

Senate Health Committee Announces Series of Hearings on How to Reduce Health Care Costs

WASHINGTON, June 14, 2018 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today announced the committee will hold a series of hearings this year to explore how to reduce health care costs in America: "The United States has the most innovative health care system in the world, but it is also the most complex, and too often Americans struggle to understand the system and plan for and afford their health care," Alexander said. "These hearings will explore why Americans spend so much on… Continue Reading


06.12.18

Alexander Statement on Texas Obamacare Court Case

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2018 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Chairman of the Senate's health committee, today released the following statement on the Justice Department's legal brief filed in a Texas lawsuit in federal court about the constitutionality of the pre-existing condition protections in the Affordable Care Act after Congress repealed the individual mandate penalty: "There's no way Congress is going to repeal protections for people with pre-existing conditions who want to buy he… Continue Reading


06.12.18

Alexander: Help on Way for Americans Struggling to Afford Prescriptions

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2018 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that the Trump Administration's comprehensive drug pricing blueprint will bring "help to the one in eight Americans who say it is difficult to afford their prescriptions." Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar testified at today's hearing, which was the committee's fourth hearing this Congress on the price Americans pay for their prescription drugs. "The Administration is taking action for… Continue Reading

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