Chairman's Press


Legislation to Lower Health Insurance Premiums in Individual Market by up to 40% Proposed for Omnibus Spending Bill

"A self-employed plumber making $60,000 may be paying $20,000 for health insurance. Our proposal could cut up to $8,000 from that insurance bill." -Sens. Lamar Alexander and Susan Collins, Congressmen Greg Walden and Ryan Costello WASHINGTON, March 19, 2018 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Representative Ryan Costello (R-Pa.) today proposed legislation that would … Continue Reading


Alexander: 340B Program May Need Improvement to Fulfill Purpose of Helping Low-Income Patients

"Hospitals and clinics use the $6 billion in savings they generate through the 340B program to help offset the money they spend in uncompensated care. On the other hand, we also know there are instances where 340B hospitals and clinics may not be using the savings to help low-income patients afford their medications or to provide care." WASHINGTON, March 15, 2018 - At the Senate health committee's first hearing looking at the 340B Discount Drug Program, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today … Continue Reading


Senate HELP Committee Approves NLRB, Education, Mine Safety Nominees

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2018 - Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after the committee approved four nominees with "impressive qualifications." Alexander on John Ring, nominated to serve as a member of the National Labor Relations Board: "Mr. Ring has varied experiences that will be a strength as a member of the nation's labor board - he has worked for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters while a… Continue Reading


Report: Individual Insurance Premiums Next Year 40% Lower Under Alexander-Murray, Collins-Nelson Than if Congress Doesn’t Act

Washington, March 12-Health care experts at Oliver Wyman released an analysis today showing that the passage of a proposal based on the Alexander-Murray Bipartisan Health Care Stabilization Act and the Collins-Nelson Lower Premiums Through Reinsurance Act will lower premiums, compared to what people in the individual market will pay if Congress doesn't act, by more than 40 percent in the individual market and provide insurance coverage to an additional 3.2 million individuals. Oliver Wyman ba… Continue Reading


Alexander on Fox News: Congress Can Take Three Steps This Month to Improve School Safety

WASHINGTON, March 8, 2018 - United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today spoke with Harris Faulkner of Fox News' Outnumbered Overtime about legislation he introduced, along with a group of 12 senators, that will help Tennessee - and states across the country -- use federal dollars to pay for more school counselors, alarm systems, security cameras and crisis intervention training. Watch the interview HERE. Excerpts below: Senator Lamar is part of a group of 13 senators who just introdu… Continue Reading


Alexander: Governors Take Lead in Supplying Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug, Improving Drug Monitoring Programs

"States are the ones who come up with the good ideas on how to tackle big problems because they're on the frontlines, and it's usually the federal government's role to encourage them and cut the red tape to create an environment so that states can innovate." WASHINGTON, D.C., March 8, 2018 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said, "governors are coming up with innovative solutions and leading the fight against the unique problems their state faces in the midst of… Continue Reading


Senators Introduce School Safety Legislation

WASHINGTON, March 7 - A group of 13 senators today introduced legislation to allow 100,000 public schools to improve school safety by using federal dollars for school counselors, alarm systems, security cameras and crisis intervention training. The School Safety & Mental Health Services Improvement Act was introduced by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Bob Corker (R-TN), John Cornyn (R-TX), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Chuck Grassley… Continue Reading


Alexander: Bill Will Help States Pay for More School Counselors, Alarm Systems, Security Cameras, Crisis Intervention Training

*Click here or on the photo above for video of Senator Alexander's remarks.* WASHINGTON, March 7, 2018 - United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said on the Senate floor legislation he is introducing will help Tennessee - and states across the country - use "every federal dollar available to them to keep their schools safe from violence and have the mental health services they need." "There are 100,000 public schools in the United States and most of the responsibility for making them s… Continue Reading


Alexander: John Ring Should Help Return Balance to the NLRB

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2018 - At the confirmation hearing for John Ring to serve as a member of the National Labor Relations Board, Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said, "I hope confirming Mr. Ring will continue the trend of returning balance to our labor laws." "Mr. Ring is well-qualified to serve on the National Labor Relations Board - a position that is important to our nation's workers and employers. His varied experience will be a strength - having worked for the In… Continue Reading


Senate Health Committee Approves Bill to Help Keep Animals Healthy, Food Supply Safe

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 28, 2018-Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that the committee has taken a critical step in updating legislation to help keep our animals healthy after the committee approved a reauthorization of the Food and Drug Administration animal drug and generic animal drug user fee agreements. The committee also approved three bipartisan public health bills to encourage pediatric cancer research, support rural health care, and help grandparent… Continue Reading


Senator Alexander Appointed to Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans

Senator Alexander Appointed to Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans WASHINGTON, February 27, 2018-United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Chairman of the Senate labor committee, issued the following statement on his appointment by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to the Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans: "I look forward to working with other committee members to find responsible solutions to help protec… Continue Reading


Alexander: Most Helpful Federal Role in Opioid Fight May Be Supporting “Amazing Potential” of Technology

"Data can paint a more complete picture of the opioid crisis, revealing which communities are seeing a spike in prescriptions, helping doctors avoid prescribing opioids to someone recovering from addiction, and recording the last time someone who overdosed had filled a prescription." WASHINGTON, February 27, 2018 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the federal government's most helpful role in the opioid fight may be supporting data and technology. "As we… Continue Reading


Alexander in Shelby County: This Spring, Congress Could Pass New Law to Lower Health Insurance Premiums

MEMPHIS, Tennessee, February 20-United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said in Memphis that Congress could pass legislation this spring to deliver lower cost health policies, and to help the federal government become a better partner for states - like Tennessee - who are fighting the opioid crisis. "I went to Chick-fil-A in Nashville a few weeks ago, and as I was about to leave, a lady walked up to me and said, 'My name is Marty. I'm a self-employed farmer. And the year before O… Continue Reading


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

NASHVILLE, February 20 - The chairman of the Senate health committee, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the Administration issuing a proposed rule today 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 policies. States will have the responsibility for making sure these policies bene… Continue Reading


Alexander, Murray Seek Input on Reauthorization of Higher Education Act

WASHINGTON, February 13-The Senate education committee is working on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), with all members of the Committee, are seeking comments or suggestions for the Committee's consideration. Comments are due by Friday, February 23, 2018. Please send comments to ###… Continue Reading


Alexander: Animal Drug User Fee Legislation “Critical” to Keep Food Supply Safe, Animals Healthy

"Farmers often use animal drugs to prevent outbreaks of infectious disease, to treat pain, or prevent swelling of joints in animals. According to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, the cattle and calves industry and the poultry industry are two of Tennessee's largest agriculture sectors. So it is important that farmers and ranchers continue to have access to new medicines to keep their animals healthy and prevent and treat diseases, and help keep our food supply safe." WASHINGTON, Februa… Continue Reading


Alexander: Senate Democrats Finally Allow Confirmation of Important and Well-Qualified Nominee Overseeing Public Health, Nearly 9 Months After He Was Nominated

WASHINGTON, February 8, 2018-Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after the Senate confirmed Dr. Brett Giroir to serve as Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services: "It is bewildering that Americans were forced to wait nearly nine months for confirmation of this critical and qualified nominee as Senate Democrats filibuster nearly every one of the president's nominees… Continue Reading


Senate, House Health Committee Leaders Release Discussion Draft of FDA Animal Drug User Fees Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, February 8 - The leaders of the Senate and House health committees today released a discussion draft of bipartisan legislation reauthorizing the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) animal drug and generic animal drug user fee agreements. The Animal Drug User Fee Reauthorization Act of 2018 renews FDA's authority to collect user fees from the makers of new animal drugs and generic new animal drugs. The 2013 animal drug user fee amendments (ADUFA) and generic animal drug user fee … Continue Reading


Alexander, Murray Statement on Senate Health Committee's FDA Agenda for the Spring

WASHINGTON, February 7, 2018-U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate health committee, today released the following statement on the committee's Food and Drug Administration agenda for the spring: "We plan to put out a staff discussion draft on cosmetics reform by February 23; plan to mark up a reauthorization of the Animal Drug and Animal Generic Drug User Fee Agreements in our committee on February 28; and markup … Continue Reading


Bipartisan Group of Senate Health Committee Members Introduce Bill to Spur Development of New Non-Addictive Painkiller

WASHINGTON, February 8 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and committee members Todd Young (R-Ind.), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), today introduced legislation to advance urgently needed research to address the opioid crisis. The Advancing Cutting-Edge (ACE) Research Act would provide the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with more flexible authority to conduct innovative research to increase scientific understanding and lead to w… Continue Reading

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