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Pingree, Durbin Send Letter to VA Requesting Details on Produce Prescription Programs

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U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today sent a letter to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough requesting information about the implementation of “produce prescription” initiatives at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). In 2022, President Biden called on VHA to begin the implementation of “produce…

Maine Congressional Delegation Introduces Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Support Maine Veterans’ Homes

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U.S. Senator Angus King, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and Congressman Jared Golden, have introduced a bipartisan, bicameral bill to fast-track reimbursements from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to Maine Veterans’ Homes (MVH).  In 2021, Congress passed legislation authorizing the VA to cover the costs of in-home care for veterans with dementia provided…

Maine Delegation to VA: Support Maine Providers Treating Veterans with Mental Health Conditions

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U.S. Senator Angus King, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs (SVAC) and Senate Armed Services Committees (SASC), Senator Susan Collins, and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden are working to improve reimbursements for Maine community care providers treating veterans with mental health conditions. In a letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Denis…

In Post-Roe America, Pingree Renews Push to Establish Federal Right to Abortion

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today and more than 200 of her Democratic colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives reintroduced the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) to codify the right to an abortion and protect abortion access nationwide. The legislation, which passed the House twice in the 117th Congress but was blocked by Senate Republicans, would…

Pingree Pushes Biden Admin to Ensure Women Get Free Birth Control, As Required by ACA

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Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) joined more than 90 of her colleagues in the Democratic Women’s Caucus (DWC), led by Chair Lois Frankel (D-Fla.), in pushing the Biden Administration to do more to ensure that insurers follow the law and comply with the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) contraception coverage requirements that guarantee women can get FDA-approved birth control…

Pingree Announces $2.1 Million for New Midcoast Health Center

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) secured more than $2 million in Community Project Funding to expand health care services in Maine’s Midcoast region. Funded as one of Pingree’s 15 community projects in the Fiscal Year 2023 Appropriations Bill, Knox Clinic will use the $2,105,000 to provide much-needed primary care, dental care, and mental health care to the citizens of Midcoast…

Portland Health Initiatives Net $1.5 Million Through Pingree’s Community Project Funding Requests

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Programs at Northern Light Mercy Hospital and Amistad will receive a total of $1.5 million in Community Project Funding through the Fiscal Year 2023 government funding bill, Maine’s First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree announced today.  Mercy Hospital in Portland will use the $1 million in federal funding to substantially increase access to its English Language…

Pingree Secures $5 Million to Aid PFAS-Impacted Farmers

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, today celebrated final passage of the government funding bill for Fiscal Year 2023 which directs the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to dedicate $5 million to assist farmers whose land has been contaminated by PFAS or “forever chemicals”. As Chair of the…

Ahead of Hunger Conference, Pingree Urges White House to Advance ‘Food is Medicine’ Proposals

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) is urging the Biden Administration to incorporate “food is medicine” proposals into the White House’s platform for the upcoming Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. Pingree, along with Reps. Kim Schrier and Derek Kilmer, detailed the important role that Food is Medicine interventions play in…

Reps. Pingree, Harshbarger Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Ensure Medical Students Have Equal Access to Residency Programs

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U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Diana Harshbarger (R-Tenn.) today introduced legislation to remove barriers and inequities from federally funded physician residency programs. The bipartisan Fair Access in Residency (FAIR) Act, which is strongly supported by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) as well as the University…

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