Tag: Health Care

Daines Calls on VA to Address Impact of Afghanistan Withdrawal on Montana Veterans’ Mental Health

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined a bipartisan group of senators calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct outreach to Montana veterans who served in the Global War on Terrorism – especially those who served in Afghanistan – and provide them with mental health resources. Their request comes as reports find calls to veterans’ suicide hotlines have increased since the fall of Afghanistan earlier this month. “We write in light of the recent events in Afghanistan to encourage the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to quickly develop a comprehensive outreach plan to connect Afghanistan and Global War on Terrorism veterans to VA benefits and services. More than two

Daines Introduces Bill to Lower Prescription Drug Costs, Expand Treatment Options for Montanans

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines, Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, introduced the “Lower Costs, More Cures Act,” which will support Montanans by lowering prescription drug prices, increasing transparency in the complex prescription drug pricing process and encouraging American ingenuity in the development of new treatments and cures.    “Year after year, Montanans continue to face out of control prescription drugs costs. Folks in Montana and across the country should not have to choose between putting food on their table or paying for their medicine,” Daines said. “Congress should act to address the high out of pocket costs for prescription drugs, and we must

Daines Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Expand Mental Health and Addiction Services in Montana

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, introduced a bipartisan bill to enhance access to addiction and mental health services in communities across Montana. This comes after Daines led a hearing last month on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Montana and the importance of having the resources to necessary to meet the mental health and substance use care needs of Montanans and Americans across the country.   “This past year has been difficult, and with unprecedented social isolation and a continued struggle with illegal drug use in Montana, it is clear that more needs to be done to support individuals

Daines, Cortez Masto Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Make Pandemic-Driven Expanded Telehealth Access Permanent

U.S. SENATE –U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced a bipartisan bill with Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) that would make pandemic-driven expanded access to telehealth services permanent. Daines originally authored and passed a temporary provision in the “CARES Act” to expand access to virtual care services during the pandemic and unveiled legislation making it permanent today at a Senate Finance Committee hearing focused on health care flexibilities and lessons learned from the pandemic.  “I believe we need to make expanded access to telehealth permanent for Montanans and all Americans, especially in rural areas – not cut access back once we’re post

Daines Leads Senate Hearing on Mental Health, Addiction Challenges Facing Montana

U.S. SENATE — As the top Republican on the U.S. Senate Finance Subcommittee on Heath Care, Senator Steve Daines today led a hearing on improving mental health and addiction services in our communities, where he highlighted the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Montana.     Click HERE to watch and download the Senator’s opening remarks.   “May is Mental Health Awareness Month – an issue at the top of my mind and many others following a year of isolation for Montanans and Americans across the country,” Daines said. “Since the pandemic, lockdowns, economic hardships, and social isolation have only helped intensify what we already know – we need

Daines: We Must Stand for Life, Prevent Taxpayer Dollars from Funding Abortion

U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today fought to prevent taxpayer dollars from funding abortions. Senate Democrats blocked this prohibition from being added to the $1.9 trillion spending package disguised as COVID-19 relief. “Senate Democrats voted to allow billions of taxpayer dollars to be used to fund abortions and voted against applying a 44-year-old prohibition called the Hyde Amendment. We have had five bipartisan COVID relief packages and not one of them included any provisions that would undermine pro-life protections,” Daines said. “Preventing taxpayer dollars from funding abortions is something a majority of Americans agree with. I’m very disappointed to see

Daines: Democrats are Using COVID-19 Relief Package to Expand Obamacare, Inch Closer to Government Takeover of Healthcare

U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today slammed Democrats for attempting to expand Obamacare in the COVID-19 relief package. The Obamacare expansion will cost over $40 billion and is a stepping stone towards a government takeover of healthcare.  “Obamacare has been a disaster for Montana and is too expensive for most Americans. Despite this, Biden, Schumer and Pelosi are attempting to throw more taxpayer dollars toward it and inch closer to a complete government takeover of healthcare. What’s worse is that the Democrats are trying to trick Montanans and the American people into accepting this by disguising it as ‘COVID relief,’” Daines said. “This

Daines Votes No on Biden’s HHS Nominee Xavier Becerra

U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted AGAINST President Biden’s Health and Human Services Secretary Nominee Xavier Becerra in the Senate Finance Committee.  “Xavier Becerra is as radical as it gets. I cannot support someone who is extremely pro-abortion, attacks religious freedom, supports open borders, and advocates taxpayer funded healthcare for illegal immigrants,” Daines said. As Secretary of Health and Human Services, Becerra would oversee a $1.3 trillion budget, the largest in the executive branch, and have the responsibility of administering the country’s health programs giving him broad authority to enact his pro-abortion agenda. When Daines previously asked Becerra to

Daines Named Ranking Member of Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care

U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today was named ranking member of the U.S. Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care.  “I look forward to representing Montana and serving as ranking member of the U.S. Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care,” Daines stated. “There is a lot of work to be done to address many issues impacting Montana including continuing to combat the challenges posed by the pandemic, lowering the costs of prescription drugs, addressing the meth crisis devastating Montana communities, ensuring responsible spending of taxpayer dollars, and addressing rural healthcare needs for Montana.” Daines will also serve on the below U.S. Senate Finance Subcommittees: International Trade, Customs, and Global

Daines Joins Bipartisan Effort to Support Enhanced Research, Development of Methamphetamine Treatment Option

U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined a group of bipartisan senators in sending a letter to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in support of efforts to research and develop effective medication treatment options for those struggling with addiction to methamphetamine and other stimulants. Overdose cases due to opioids, meth and polysubstance use are on the rise, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic. There are currently no FDA-approved medication options for those in treatment for methamphetamine use disorder. “The usage of medications, as evidenced by numerous studies, has been a powerful tool in the effort to combat opioid addiction. Supporting