Tina Smith

United States Senator for Minnesota

Health Care

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Senator Smith believes that every person deserves access to affordable, high-quality health care. That’s why, as Lieutenant Governor, she fought to protect, improve, and expand access to health care coverage for Minnesotans. And now that she’s in the Senate, Sen. Smith is continuing that fight as a member of the Senate Health Committee and a leader in the Rural Health Caucus. 

 

A top priority for Sen. Smith is addressing the high cost of healthcare. Too many Minnesotans are burdened by the high cost of their health care coverage, and others are going without insurance.  That’s why Sen. Smith is working with her colleagues on both sides of the aisle to address the underlying issues that make health care expensive, starting with the high price of prescription drugs. 

 

Sen. Smith is committed to working in a bipartisan way to make sure our current health care system works for everyone. That said, she will oppose any efforts to limit coverage for Minnesotans, slash Medicaid, and deny coverage to people with preexisting conditions. Minnesotans and people across this country rely on their health coverage and any attempt to take that away is unacceptable.

 

Protecting coverage for Minnesotans includes defending vital programs like Medicaid, Medicare, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  Over one million Minnesotans are covered by Medicaid and CHIP, many of whom are children, pregnant women, seniors, and people with disabilities.  Cuts to Medicaid or other federal health programs would hurt families, particularly in rural and underserved communities.  That’s why Sen. Smith will fight hard to make sure that Minnesotans can continue to rely on these programs now and in the future.

 

In her previous role as Lieutenant Governor, Sen. Smith championed efforts to tackle the opioid and drug abuse epidemic that’s ravaging communities in Minnesota and across the country.  At the federal level, she plans to continue that fight, pushing for increased funding so that state and tribal leaders, health care professionals, law enforcement, and all those affected by this epidemic can effectively tackle opioid addiction and other alcohol and substance use disorders.  Sen. Smith will also advocate for commonsense policies that make sure insurers and providers treat mental illness and substance abuse disorders in the same way they treat physical illnesses.

 

Throughout her life, Sen. Smith been a tireless champion for women’s health and a woman’s right to make decisions about her own health care.  As Senator, she can assure you that won’t change.

Press Releases

Senator’s Staff to Hear From Local Residents, Seniors, As Well As Health Experts

And Providers On Efforts to Make Health Care More Affordable and Accessible

Senators Question Pharmacy Benefit Managers and Distributors Following Allegations Made by Secretary Azar During Senate Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. [07/02/2018]—U.S. Sens. Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are continuing their investigation of the Trump Administration’s promises of “voluntary, massive drops” after these reductions in drug prices fail to materialize.

WASHINGTON, D.C. [06/26/2018]—Today, U.S. Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) pressed Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alexander Azar for more answers following their exchanges with him during a recent Senate Health Committee hearing.

Senator Says Hearing Needed to Understand How Department of Health and Human Services and Other Federal Agencies Plan to Help Separated Children and Family Members, Conduct Oversight at Facilities Housing These Families

Senators Say Trump Administration’s Plan Would do Little to Reduce Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs for American Families  

Bill Would Create Rural Health Liaison to Better Serve Rural Communities in Minnesota, Across Country

WASHINGTON, D.C. [05/22/18]—Today, U.S. Senator Tina Smith joined Senators Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) to introduce bipartisan legislation—the Rural Health Liaison Act—to better coordinate rural health resources across the federal government and improve health care delivery for Minnesotans and people across the country living in rural areas.

WASHINGTON, D.C. [05/22/18]—Today, U.S. Sen. Tina Smith released the following statement on President Trump’s proposal to place restrictions on federal family planning money, which would bar health care providers participating in the Title X program from exploring all of a woman’s health care options with patients in Minnesota and across the nation.

Senator Says Troubling Questions about Payments Remain Unanswered

Senator Introduces Legislation to Hold Pharmaceutical Companies Accountable

WASHINGTON, D.C. [05/17/18]—Today, U.S. Senator Tina Smith is introducing legislation that would require pharmaceutical companies to share with Minnesotans and people across the country how they’re using the billions of dollars in tax breaks they received as a result of the Republican tax bill.

WASHINGTON, D.C. [05/11/18]—Today, U.S. Senator Tina Smith released the following statement after President Trump delivered an address focused on prescription drug prices.

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Washington, D.C. Office

309 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-5641
 

State Offices

Moorhead Office
819 Center Avenue
Suite 2A
Moorhead, MN 56560
Phone: (218) 284-8721
 

Duluth Office
515 W 1st Street
Suite 104
Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: (218) 722-2390
 

State Offices

Saint Paul
60 Plato Blvd. East
Suite 220
Saint Paul, MN 55107
Phone: (651) 221-1016
 

Rochester
1202-1/2 7th Street NW
Suite 213
Rochester, MN  55901
Phone: (507) 288-2003