April 08, 2020

Shaheen Urges Administration to Increase Number of Doctors in Rural and Other Medically Underserved Areas

The recently announced suspension of premium processing for employment-based visa petitions by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) would exacerbate physician shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in rural areas that depend on doctors who participate in the Conrad 30 J-1 visa waiver program In a letter to USCIS Acting Director Cuccinelli, Klobuchar, Schneider, and colleagues call on USCIS to address its administrative needs without sacrificing access to health care … Continue Reading

April 08, 2020

Shaheen Calls for Aid To Support Local Journalism Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

SHAHEEN & COLLEAGUES: "Reliable local news and information has been critically important during the COVID-19 pandemic, yet it has become more scarce." (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a negotiator of the most recent emergency coronavirus response bill signed into law, called for funding to support local journalism and media in any future COVID-19 relief package. In a letter to Senate leadership, Shaheen joined a group of nineteen Senators warning that the widespread im… Continue Reading

April 08, 2020

Shaheen Urges Trump Administration to Ensure Transit Workers Receive Essential Protective Equipment, Updated Safety Guidelines

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) sent a letter with Gary Peters (MI) and 19 of their Senate colleagues urging the Trump Administration to ensure that transit agencies can acquire personal protective equipment for their frontline workers. In a letter to Acting Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) K. Jane Williams, the Senators cited the story of Detroit bus driver Jason Hargrove, who passed away from Coronavirus after he expressed his concern about the dise… Continue Reading

April 08, 2020

Shaheen, Cassidy Lead Bipartisan Group of Senators Calling on CMS to Address Medicare Program Interest Rates for Health Care Providers on Frontlines of Coronavirus Pandemic

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) led a letter today with Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and a bipartisan group of 32 Senators, calling on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to waive or modify interest rates for health care providers who've sought financial assistance amid the coronavirus pandemic through Medicare's Accelerated and Advance Payments Program. This program has historically been used to expedite Medicare payments to subsets of Medicare participatin… Continue Reading

April 07, 2020

NH Delegation Announces New Hampshire Community Health Centers to Receive $6.8 Million for Coronavirus Response Through CARES Act

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a negotiator of the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced that New Hampshire community health centers have been awarded $6.8 million in additional funding to support their response to COVID-19. The funding comes from the CARES Act, which was recently passed by Congress and signed into law. Earlier today… Continue Reading

April 06, 2020

Shaheen Urges Administration to Ensure Continuity of Food Supply by Supporting Farmers During Coronavirus Pandemic

Letter to Secretary Sonny Perdue calls on Administration to make temporary flexibilities on Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans permanent for the duration of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic Letter urges adequate and equitable access to credit during period of market uncertainty and asks Administration to consider additional emergency actions to avoid disruption in the country's food supply chain WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen wrote a bipartisan letter with Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Joh… Continue Reading

April 06, 2020

Senators Shaheen, Hassan, and Bipartisan Group of Colleagues Urge Greater Protections for Health Care to Seniors Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined a bipartisan group of their colleagues in urging the Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to increase access to in-home health care services to protect Medicare beneficiaries from high-risk settings and promote safer access to care amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter was led by Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Tim Scott (R-SC). "As we seek additional options … Continue Reading

April 04, 2020

As Small Business Assistance Program Launches, NH Delegation Calls for Trump Administration to Issue Better Guidance to Lending Institutions

**SHAHEEN, HASSAN, KUSTER, PAPPAS: "As this program is rolled out, the Administration must stand ready to anticipate, adjust and resolve potential problems in order to ensure efficient and effective utilization of this important loan program."** (Washington, DC)-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Small Business Committee and a lead negotiator of the small business assistance provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, U.S. Senator… Continue Reading

April 03, 2020

NH Delegation Statement on Major Disaster Declaration

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan and U.S. Representatives Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas released the following statement after President Donald Trump approved Governor Chris Sununu's request for a Major Disaster Declaration for New Hampshire in response to COVID-19: "We are glad that President Trump heeded our call to swiftly approve Governor Sununu's request for a major disaster declaration, which unlocks additional funding from the latest bipartisan legisl… Continue Reading

April 03, 2020

Shaheen and Hassan Call On Administration To Ensure Veterans, SSI Beneficiaries Get Stimulus Checks Automatically

Letter Follows Senators' Successful Efforts to Urge Administration to Reverse Course, Ensure Social Security Beneficiaries Receive Stimulus Checks Automatically WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent a letter with U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and 40 of their colleagues calling on the Trump Administration to issue stimulus checks automatically to recipients of benefits through the Department of… Continue Reading

April 03, 2020

Shaheen Urges Administration to Continue Covering All Costs of National Guard Troops Activation

Washington, DC -Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) wrote a letter with U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) to President Donald J. Trump requesting that the Administration extend the Title 32 authority for all National Guard troops activated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic for at least 180 days. By doing so, the federal government would continue covering 100 percent of the costs of this activation. On March 30, Trump authorized Title 3… Continue Reading

April 02, 2020

Shaheen & Hassan Urge Service Providers to Expand Internet Access for Low-Income Americans Throughout COVID-19 Crisis

Senators urge Lifeline internet service providers to expand service to ensure American families can work and learn remotely, access telehealth resources during this pandemic Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent a letter with U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and their colleagues calling on Lifeline internet service providers to deliver better mobile internet service for low-income Americans impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Improv… Continue Reading

April 02, 2020

PHOTO RELEASE: Shaheen's Office Helps Granite Staters Return Home

Javier Jimenez and family finally home in Exeter Javier Jimenez, Julie Givens and family in Peru (Washington, DC)-U.S. Senator Shaheen (D-NH) announced today that her office successfully helped several Granite Staters return home who were stranded in foreign countries because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Julie Givens, Javier Jimenez and their three children recently returned home to Exeter from Peru after being stranded for several weeks. Senator Shaheen's office helped arrange for the Exeter f… Continue Reading

April 02, 2020

Shaheen Sends Bipartisan, Bicameral Letters in Support of Peace Corps, AmeriCorps Volunteers

Letters Seek Clarity on Status of Unemployment Benefits, Ability to Work on U.S. COVID-19 Response WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen sent two bipartisan, bicameral letters with U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and U.S. Representative Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) seeking clarity on unemployment benefits and work opportunities for Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and other national service participants. In the first letter, the Members urge Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia to clarify that … Continue Reading

April 02, 2020

NH Delegation Announces $11.7 Million From New COVID-19 Law to Help NH’s Vulnerable Homeless Population & Provide Support to Community Health Facilities, Food Banks and Other Community Services

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a negotiator of the recent COVID-19 economic response bill, and Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced today that New Hampshire is set to receive $11.7 million in additional funding to assist New Hampshire's vulnerable homeless population and to address other local needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CA… Continue Reading

April 01, 2020

Shaheen & Hassan Call for Social Security Recipients to Get CARES Act Direct Cash Assistance Without Having to File Tax Return

Senators' Letter Comes After IRS Releases Guidance that Contradicts Provisions of the CARES Act that Explicitly Give Treasury Authority to Provide Direct Assistance to Social Security Beneficiaries who Do Not File Taxes WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) sent a letter with U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and 38 of their colleagues expressing alarm over contradictory guidance released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on whether or not eligible Socia… Continue Reading

March 31, 2020

Following Outreach from Shaheen & Hassan, Major Insurance Companies Announce Policy to Waive Cost-Sharing for COVID-19 Expenses, Including Testing and Treatment

Humana, Cigna to Cover All COVID-19 Medical Expenses Senators Urge Other Insurance Companies to Put Public Health and Safety First WASHINGTON - Following outreach from U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), two major insurance companies, Humana and Cigna, have announced that they will waive in-network and out-of-network cost-sharing for COVID-19 medical expenses, which includes testing and treatment, for both presumptive and confirmed COVID-19 cases. Humana and Cigna'… Continue Reading

March 31, 2020

NH Congressional Delegation Calls on the President to Swiftly Approve Governor Sununu’s Disaster Declaration Request

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and U.S. Representatives Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas called on President Donald Trump to swiftly approve Governor Chris Sununu's request for a Major Disaster Declaration for New Hampshire in response to COVID-19. The CARES Act, which Congress passed and the president signed last week, includes an additional $45 billion for the Disaster Relief Fund. If the president approves New Hampshire's request for a disaste… Continue Reading

March 31, 2020

Shaheen Calls on Administration to Prioritize COVID-19 Testing for Patients Who Have Potentially Exposed First Responders to Avoid Lengthy Quarantines For Vital Frontline Workers

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) called on Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield to reevaluate CDC guidelines to prioritize "source patients" who have symptoms of COVID-19 and come into contact with first responders. If a first responder is not wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and comes into contact with one of these source patients that have symptoms of COVID-19, the firs… Continue Reading

March 31, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan, Colleagues Urge Administration to Address Child Care Needs of Frontline Workers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) led their colleagues in urging the Office of Child Care at the Department of Health and Human Services to take additional steps to expand child care options for health care workers and others on the frontlines responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as provide critical guidance to child care providers to ensure that they are taking appropriate action to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 at centers that remain ope… Continue Reading

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