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House Passes Bipartisan TRANSPLANT Act Introduced by Congresswoman Pingree

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The House of Representatives voted 415-to-2 to pass the Timely Reauthorization of Necessary Stem-cell Programs Lends Access to Needed Therapies (TRANSPLANT) Act (H.R. 941), a bill introduced by Congresswoman Pingree (D-Maine) which reauthorizes the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program and the National Cord Blood Inventory for five years. “Every year more than 17,000 people are diagnosed wi...

Pingree Votes to Allow Medicare, Federal Disability Benefits to Reach ALS Patients As Soon As Possible

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As a cosponsor of H.R. 1407, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today celebrated the unanimous passage of the ALS Disability Insurance Access Act by the U.S House of Representatives. The bipartisan legislation waives the five-month waiting period for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Medicare benefits for ALS patients to receive the care they need as soon as possible. “Time wor...

Pingree Votes to Ban Flavored Tobacco, Hold E-Cigarette Manufacturers Accountable For Youth Vaping Crisis

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today joined her colleagues in passing legislation to address the ongoing youth vaping crisis. H.R. 2339, The Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act, of which Pingree is a cosponsor, passed the House 213-195. “Teen smoking rates have been dropping nationwide for years thanks to investment in public health programs -- but the spike in e-cigarette use among ...

Pingree, Kennedy, Welch reject Administration cuts to energy aid for coronavirus response

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In a letter to congressional appropriators, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01), Congressman Joe Kennedy III (MA-04), and Congressman Peter Welch (VT-AL) blasted President Trump’s proposal to remove critical funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to finance his administration’s response to the coronavirus. Citing his perennial efforts to slash funding for the Centers...

In Letter to Trump Admin Officials, Pingree Joins 34 Members of Congress in Opposing Plan to Turn Medicaid into Block Grants Without Consent of Congress, Says Plan is Illegal

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today joined 34 of her House colleagues in writing to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma to oppose the Trump administration’s plan to covert Medicaid into block grants. “The purpose of block grant waivers is to overhaul the state’s Medicaid p...

VIDEO: On 47th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Pingree Says “We Must Stand Up to Senseless Attacks on Women’s Health”

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) took to the House floor and delivered a speech in recognition of the 47th anniversary of Roe versus Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. “Nearly 50 years after Roe became settled law, abortion is still under attack by extreme politicians who believe the government should dictate whether and when to have a child,” said Pingree ...

With Vote for H.R. 3, Rep. Pingree Reaffirms Decades-Long Commitment to Reducing Rx Drug Costs

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today voted for H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act. The bill allows Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices, limits out-of-pocket spending on prescription drugs for seniors, and reinvests savings by establishing significant dental, vision, and hearing benefits within Medicare. “I don’t know a single person in Maine who hasn’t felt...

Reps. Pingree, Matsui, Bilirakis Introduce Bipartisan Life-Saving Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Bill

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Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), alongside Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) and Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), introduced H.R. 4764, the Timely Reauthorization of Necessary Stem-cell Programs Lends Access to Needed Therapies (TRANSPLANT) Act. This legislation reauthorizes the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program and the National Cord Blood Inventory. Through renewe...

Pingree Applauds Federal Approval of Maine’s Medicaid Expansion Plan

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) issued the following statement applauding the federal government’s approval of Maine’s Medicaid Expansion plan: “Today’s approval of Medicaid Expansion by the federal government marks the final hurdle in the long fight for health care access for 70,000 low-income Mainers. The benefits to our state’s health and economy have always been appare...

Condemning Title X Gag Rule

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“The Trump administration has shown it will stop at nothing to undermine the health care of low-income Americans and unravel the reproductive rights of women."

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