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 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.

HHS has agreed to develop a new system for providing federal funding for Basic Health Programs (BHP) like MinnesotaCare; In a letter to HHS and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the senators called for full funding for MinnesotaCare

Senator’s Provision Would Expand Mental Health Services for Students & Communities across Minnesota

U.S. Senator Tina Smith said that her measure to expand mental health services for students and communities in Minnesota and across the country has been included in a larger bipartisan bill to address the nation’s opioid crisis.

Bill Would Push Coordinated “One Health” Approach to Prepare for and Prevent Health Crises Like 2015 Avian Flu Outbreak

U.S. Senator Tina Smith and Todd Young (R-Ind.) have introduced their bipartisan Advancing Emergency Preparedness Through One Health Act, which would improve public health preparedness by ensuring federal agencies advance a “One Health” approach—the idea that human and animal health are linked, and that they should be studied together to prevent and respond to disease outbreaks.

As USDA Prepares to Host Nationwide Roundtables, Sen. Smith Calls for Minnesota Voices to be Heard

U.S. Senator Tina Smith is continuing her push to address the opioid epidemic by calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to host a rural opioid misuse roundtable in Minnesota. This comes after introducing a bill last week to help tribes across the country access the resources they need to address mental health and substance use disorders.

“We took a broken system and just broke it completely” Said Doctor in Alarming News Report

Bill Would Give Mental Health Professionals More Flexibility to Work in Our Communities

Today, U.S. Senator Tina Smith and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced a bipartisan bill to expand mental health services in the school system. 

Expresses Concern About Reports of Top Pharmaceutical Companies Using Billions in Tax Savings to Enrich Investors Instead of Prioritizing Lower Prescription Drug Costs

Today, U.S. Senator Tina Smith questioned a group of major pharmaceutical executives on how they are using billions of their corporate tax cut dollars, expressing concern that the companies may be using the funds to enrich investors through stock “buybacks” and shareholder payouts instead of prioritizing lower prescription drug prices.  

 

“Expanding Access to Low Cost Generic Drugs Act” Takes Aim at Anti-Competitive Prescription Drug Practice Called “Pay-for-Delay"

U.S. Senator Tina Smith’s first standalone piece of legislation—the Expanding Access to Low Cost Generic Drugs Act—takes aim at a big pharma tactic that keeps affordable generic drugs out of the hands of Minnesota families and seniors.

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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