Chairman's Press


Chairman Alexander: The Science Is Sound, Vaccines Save Lives

"Vaccines are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and meet the FDA's gold standard of safety. There is nothing secret about any of this science. It is important for those who have questions about vaccines, especially parents, to speak with a reputable health care provider. As with many topics, just because you found it on the internet doesn't make it true."-Sen. Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., March 5, 2019- Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said… Continue Reading


Senate Education and Labor Committee Advances 11 Well-Qualified Nominees

WASHINGTON, February 27, 2019 - Following the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee's approval today of 11 well-qualified nominees, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) called on the full Senate to quickly confirm their nominations. Alexander said, "This Committee has already approved all but three of these nominees last Congress, but unfortunately, the Democrat minority has prevented these nominees from being considered on the Senate floor. This meant these well-qualified nomine… Continue Reading


Chairman Alexander: As We Deal With Opioid Crisis, We Must Keep In Mind Millions Of People Who Are In Pain

Now that we have started to turn the train around and head in a different direction on the use of opioids, everyone - doctors, nurses, insurers, and patients - will need to think about the different ways we should treat and manage pain. WASHINGTON, D.C., February 12, 2019- Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said, "We want to make sure that as we deal with the opioid crisis, we keep in mind those people who are in pain." "A new report released in 2018, from the Cen… Continue Reading


Chairman Alexander: Administration Proposals Will Help Patients Access Their Personal Medical Information

WASHINGTON, February 11, 2019 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the new Trump Administration proposals to improve electronic health records will help patients access their personal medical information. "These proposed rules remove barriers and should make it easier for patients to more quickly access, use, and understand their personal medical information. It should also unleash new ways of helping doctors and other medical providers to make sense of that i… Continue Reading


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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