Press Releases

06.05.19

Cassidy, Murphy Introduce Measure to Strengthen Mental Health Parity Laws

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Chris Murphy (D-CT), members of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today introduced the Mental Health Parity Compliance Act of 2019. The legislation improves transparency and accountability to help consumers have access to mental health and substance use services included in their plans. It would strengthen compliance with mental health parity laws by requiring issuers or plans to submit comparative analyses upon request… Continue Reading


06.04.19

Cassidy, Kennedy, Jones Introduce Legislation To Improve Emergency Evacuation Routes

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Kennedy (R-LA), and Doug Jones (D-AL) introduced the BE SAFE ACT of 2019 to improve emergency evacuation routes in rural areas by creating an up to $100 million competitive grant program for work on roads and bridges. The legislation directs the Secretary of Transportation to establish the program for projects that would improve emergency evacuation routes though the construction of state and local connector roads that facilitate access to broader … Continue Reading


06.04.19

STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act Receives Positive Feedback from Groups Representing Patients, Providers, and Payers

The STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act currently has 21 Senate cosponsors, the largest support of any solution in Congress, and has also received positive feedback from advocacy groups representing patients, health care providers, and health insurers. U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Todd Young (R-IN), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Tom Carper (D-DE), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Ben Cardin (D-MD), John Kennedy (R-LA)… Continue Reading


06.03.19

Cassidy Warns of Chinese Threat to American Personal Data Privacy

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), raised concerns with Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer over China using wearable technology products to catalog American's personal data. This information can include sensitive health data, facial and voice recognition, audio from microphones, geolocation, electronic payment, access control for mass transit systems and smart locks, social media usage, and other sensitive … Continue Reading


05.30.19

Cassidy Statement on Passing of Senator Thad Cochran

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement on the passing of former Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS). "Saddened to hear about the passing of a good friend and former colleague Senator Thad Cochran," said Dr. Cassidy. "Senator Cochran worked tirelessly to improve the lives of Americans living in Mississippi, the Gulf Coast and across the country. An ally of Louisiana, he stood by us in securing relief after the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita." ###… Continue Reading


05.29.19

STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act Reaches 21 Senate Cosponsors

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Todd Young (R-IN), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Tom Carper (D-DE) of the Bipartisan Senate Working Group on surprise medical billing today announced major growth in support for the STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act (S. 1531) with 21 senators already cosponsoring the legislation less than two weeks after its introduction. U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Ben Cardin (D-MD)… Continue Reading


05.23.19

Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Ensure Reliable, Affordable and Environmentally-Sound Energy Supply

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced the Launching Energy Advancement and Development through Innovations for Natural Gas (LEADING) Act,legislation incentivizing research and development of carbon capture technology for natural gas to ensure a reliable, affordable, and environmentally sound energy supply. The LEADING Act will promote the continued use of natural gas so we can keep energy bills low, maintain U.S. en… Continue Reading


05.23.19

Cassidy Seeks Long-Term Solution for National Flood Insurance Program

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today led a group of Senators calling for the Senate Banking Committee to work towards a long-term solution for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Joining Cassidy in sending the letter are U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), John Kennedy (R-LA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MA). "Within two years, the National Flood Insurance Program has been subject… Continue Reading


05.23.19

Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Bill to End Dangerous Sanctuary City Policies

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Tom Cotton (R-AR) and John Kennedy (R-LA) today reintroduced the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, legislation to end dangerous sanctuary city policies that forbid local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities. The Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act would withhold certain funds from "sanctuary cities"-jurisdictions that forbid their local law enforcement officers from cooperating with federal immigrati… Continue Reading


05.23.19

Cassidy, Roberts, Smith Introduce Legislation to Lower Prescription Drug Costs

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Pat Roberts (R-KS), and Tina Smith (D-MN) today introduced the Ensuring Innovation Act, which will help lower prescription drug prices. The legislation will provide clarity for drug exclusivity to prevent awarding exclusivity to products which do not represent a true innovation and unduly delaying cheaper generics from entering the market. Currently, the FDA grants five years of exclusivity to drug products that are determined to be New Chemical Entitie… Continue Reading


05.23.19

Cassidy Announces June 13 as National Seersucker Day

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), announced National Seersucker Day will be held this year on Thursday, June 13. "Seersucker is uniquely American - a beloved New Orleans invention. National Seersucker Day is an opportunity to come together as Americans and have fun with a summer staple," said Dr. Cassidy. "I encourage all to participate in this celebration of American culture and look forward to continuing this tradition alongside my colleague Senator Feinstein." "I remember when Senator… Continue Reading


05.23.19

Cassidy in Advocate Oped: President Donald Trump is creating opportunity for Louisiana workers

President Donald Trump is creating opportunity for Louisiana workersBy U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D.May 22, 2019TheAdvocate.com Before President Donald Trump, working families suffered. Years of slow growth, wage increases only for those already well off, and high taxes suffocated families. Overregulation impeded Louisiana businesses and jobs. South Louisiana never quite recovered from the previous administration's offshore oil moratorium. Two years into Trump's presidency, we have the lowe… Continue Reading


05.22.19

Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce SOFA Act to Combat Opioid Epidemic

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined U.S. Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI), Tom Cotton (R-AK), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Joni Ernst (R-IA), today in introducing the Stopping Overdoses of Fentanyl Analogues (SOFA) Act, legislation to give law enforcement enhanced tools to combat the opioid epidemic and close a loophole in current law that makes it difficult to prosecute crimes involving some synthetic opioids. "Drug dealers are creating new chemicals similar to and just as deadly as fenta… Continue Reading


05.22.19

Cassidy Named Chairman of Senate Paid Family Leave Working Group

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today was named chairman of the bipartisan Senate Finance Committee working group that will consider the issue of federal family leave policy. U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) will serve as the Democrat co-chair of the working group. "This working group reflects the widespread interest in helping moms and dads have financial flexibility to raise children," Cassidy said. "The policy must be fiscally sustainable and not bury taxpayers in even more red ink.… Continue Reading


05.22.19

Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Remove Unnecessary Barriers for Students with Disabilities

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Bob Casey (D-PA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Todd Young (R-IN) introduced the Respond, Innovate, Succeed, and Empower (RISE) Act to help ease the burden of transitioning to college for students with disabilities. The legislation would amend the Higher Education Act (HEA) to clarify that students with previous documentation of a disability would be able to continue using that documentation as proof when they transition to higher education. This would help… Continue Reading


05.22.19

Cassidy Congratulates Service Academy Appointees from Louisiana

Baton Rouge-U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the 11 students who received his nomination to one of America's Service Academies and have accepted appointments. These students will enter the Class of 2023 at the U.S. Military, Naval, Air Force and Merchant Marine Academies. Upon graduation, they will become commissioned officers in the Armed Forces. To attend a service academy, a student must obtain a nomination, most of which are provided by members of Congress. Students c… Continue Reading


05.21.19

Cassidy, Bennet Introduce Legislation to End Gag Clauses Preventing Patients from Knowing Price of Health Procedures

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. and Michael Bennet (D-CO) today introduced the Know the Price Act, legislation to end the use of gag clauses in contracts between health care providers and insurers that are used to restrict a patient's access to price information. Currently, some health care providers use clauses within contracts to restrict or prevent insurance plans from making the price of health procedures available to patients. This anti-competitive practice can lead to patients spending m… Continue Reading


05.21.19

Cassidy, Colleagues’ Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Tax Cut Law, Lower Taxes on Gold Star Families Passes Senate

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Doug Jones (D-AL), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), today announced the Senate passage of the Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act (S.1370), their legislation providing tax relief for children receiving benefits who have lost a parent serving in the military. Simplification of a special tax dating back to 1986 that was intended to stop wealthy parents from sheltering income by shifting it to their children with lower tax rates inadvertently caused… Continue Reading


05.20.19

Momentum Gains for STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act as Senators Join Bill

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the addition of U.S. Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Ben Cardin (D-MD), John Kennedy (R-LA), Bob Casey (D-PA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) as cosponsors to the STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act, bringing the total cosponsors of the legislation to 14 senators. They join Cassidy along with U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Todd Young (R-IN), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Tom Carper (D-DE), Dan Sullivan (R-AK)… Continue Reading


05.20.19

Cassidy Seeks Accountability for Poor Quality of NCIL’s Taxpayer Funded Dyslexia Report

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today responded to the National Center for Improving Literacy (NCIL) following their response to his letter to Secretary DeVos on April 22, 2019. Cassidy criticized an official NCIL work product, titled "Screening for Dyslexia," which included over 30 improperly cited references, outdated information and definitions, and opinions masqueraded as facts. "As the author of the pro… Continue Reading

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