Chairman's Press

03.26.18

Alexander: Draft Legislation Would Require Dispensing Opioids in Short-Term Blister Packs, Help FDA Stop Illegal Fentanyl at Borders

NASHVILLE, March 26, 2018 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released two discussion drafts of legislation to improve the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) ability to address the opioid crisis. "The Senate health committee has held six bipartisan hearings so far this Congress on nearly every aspect of the opioids crisis, to inform legislation to better help states and communities on the front lines," Alexander said. "I want to ensure that the Food and Drug Adm… Continue Reading


03.23.18

Democrats Block up to 40% Reduction in Health Insurance Premiums

WASHINGTON, March 23, 2018-Democrats today blocked legislation that its Republican sponsors said would lower health insurance premiums by up to 40 percent for self-employed business people, plumbers, farmers, and songwriters who buy individual insurance without a government subsidy. "They are going to have a hard time explaining to working Americans who make $60,000 and pay $20,000 for insurance why they blocked cuts to premiums of $8000 over three years," Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said… Continue Reading


03.22.18

Alexander: Democrats Scrambling to Explain Why They Just Blocked Bill to Lower Premiums Up to 40%

Click here to watch Senator Alexander's floor speech. "Today Democrats are voting in the Omnibus appropriations bill to apply the Hyde language to more than 100 other federal health programs while saying they can't apply Hyde to health insurance." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, March 22, 2018 - United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said today that Senate Democrats' are "scrambling and coming up with excuse after excuse" after blocking an up to 40 percent health insurance rate decreas… Continue Reading


03.21.18

Alexander: Spending Bill Includes Billions to Help Fight Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 21, 2018 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said the Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus Appropriations bill includes "$3.6 billion to help fight the opioids crisis - an increase of $2.55 billion or 244 percent - a major boost to those on the frontlines of this epidemic." "The devastation of the opioid crisis has touched nearly every community," Alexander said. "This funding will help the National Institutes of Health develop a non-addictive painkiller… Continue Reading


03.21.18

Alexander Statement on Appointment of Dr. Robert Redfield as CDC Director

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 21, 2018 - Senate health Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after the president announced Dr. Robert Redfield will serve as Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR): "Dr. Redfield has a strong background to lead the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- he has spent his career researching public health threats such as H… Continue Reading


03.20.18

Alexander Statement on Proposal to Lower Health Insurance Premiums

WASHINGTON, March 20 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) made the following statement today on the proposal released yesterday by Senators Alexander and Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Congressmen Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Ryan Costello (R-Pa.) to lower health insurance premiums in the individual market: "It is disappointing that an opportunity to lower health insurance rates by up to 40 percent for working Americans has turned into a debate about the mechanics of funding f… Continue Reading


03.19.18

CBO: Health Insurance Proposal Lowers Rates 10-20 Percent

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 released the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) analysis on their legislation to help lower premiums for Americans in the individual insurance market with permanent state flexibility, 3 years of invisible high risk pools/reinsurance, cop… Continue Reading


03.19.18

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


03.15.18

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


03.14.18

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


03.12.18

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


03.08.18

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


03.08.18

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


03.07.18

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


03.07.18

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


03.01.18

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


02.28.18

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


02.27.18

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


02.27.18

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


02.20.18

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

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