Press Releases

06.20.18

VIDEO: Cassidy Targets Health Providers' Abuse of 340B Program Intended to Help Patients

Download broadcast-quality video WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Health Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, chaired a hearing examining the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) 340B drug pricing program, focusing on the need to reform the program to prevent abuse and ensure it actually benefits the low-income patients it is intended to help. The 340B program requires drug manufacturers to provide discounted drugs to participating h… Continue Reading


06.18.18

Cassidy, Murphy, Colleagues Request FDA Take Action to Address Nationwide Drug Shortages

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Chris Murphy (D-CT), both members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, led a bipartisan group of Senators in requesting assistance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to address the ongoing drug shortage crisis across the United States. The senators requested that the Drug Shortage Task Force determine the cause of drug shortages and present its recommendations to Congress by the end of 2019. "Drug shortages continue… Continue Reading


06.18.18

Cassidy to Chair Senate HELP Committee Hearing on 340B Tomorrow

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, will chair a hearing tomorrow on effective administration of the 340B drug pricing program. Earlier this year, Cassidy introduced legislation to increase accountability in the 340B program to ensure drug discounts are passed on to patients. A recent memo from the Congressional Research Service highlights multiple opportunities for abuse within the program. WHAT: U.… Continue Reading


06.15.18

PHOTO: Cassidy Discusses Prison Reform with Jared Kushner, Stresses Need to Address Dyslexia

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement after meeting with Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner about prison reform. During the conversation, Cassidy stressed the need to identify and address dyslexia in early education in order to prevent students from being consigned to a path of illiteracy, crime, and incarceration. "I thank Jared for prioritizing prison reform and meeting… Continue Reading


06.14.18

Senate Unanimously Passes Legislation to #HonorGleason with Congressional Gold Medal

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Patty Murray (D-WA), John Kennedy (R-LA), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) applauded the Senate's unanimous passage today of their bipartisan legislation (S. 2652) to award Washington state native, ALS champion, and former New Orleans Saints star Steve Gleason with the Congressional Gold Medal. Introduced just two months ago, the legislation quickly garnered sufficient support to move forward in the Senate. It is only the second Congressional Gold Medal bill in … Continue Reading


06.13.18

Cassidy, Cardin, Collins, LaHood, Blumenauer Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Enhance Historic Tax Credit

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Susan Collins (R-ME), and U.S. Representatives Darin LaHood (R-IL) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), today introduced legislation to strengthen the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (HTC) and reduce the administrative burden associated with the program. The tax reform legislation signed into law in December preserved the 20 percent HTC, with the credit now being claimed over a five-year period. The bill introduced today eliminates the e… Continue Reading


06.11.18

Cassidy Statement on Louisiana Projects in Army Corps of Engineers FY 2018 Work Plan

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today released a statement following the Louisiana flood mitigation and navigation projects announced in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers FY 2018 Work Plan. "These navigation and flood mitigation projects are important to Louisiana's economy and families," said Dr. Cassidy. "This plan funds flood mitigation projects like the next phase of the Comite River Diversion and ongoing waterway protection efforts. I continue to work with local and state officials … Continue Reading


06.08.18

Cassidy, Kennedy, Abraham, Johnson Urge Trump Administration to Increase Staff at Federal Prison Facilities in Louisiana

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA), and U.S. Representatives Ralph Abraham, M.D. (R-LA), and Mike Johnson (R-LA), are urging Federal Bureau of Prisons Acting Director Hugh Hurwitz and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to increase staffing levels in certain Louisiana prison facilities to ensure employees are kept safe and prisoners are properly supervision. The members of Congress are specifically concerned about staffing cuts at the federal correctional Pollock an… Continue Reading


06.07.18

Photos: National Seersucker Day 2018

U.S. Senators, Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Shelley Moore-Capito (R-WV), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mike Lee (R-UT), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Roger Wicker (R-MS) took official photos in celebration of National Seersucker Day. "It is a bipartisan tradition, celebrating an American tradition, an American tradition that started in New Orleans," said Dr. Cassidy, "Anyone who's been in New Orleans in July and August can understand why you would like to have … Continue Reading


06.07.18

Cassidy, Booker, Hirono, Scott Introduce Bill to Increase Access to Oral Health Care for Underserved Communities

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced the Action for Dental Health Act, legislation to increase access to oral health treatment and prevention services, particularly for underserved communities. "This will target resources to underserved communities and provide greater access to disadvantaged patients," Dr. Cassidy said. "Giving children and adults the oral health education and dental disease treatment they need to thri… Continue Reading


06.07.18

Cassidy, Kennedy Welcome Appointment of Frank Neuner to Legal Services Corporation

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) today welcomed President Trump's appointment of Frank Neuner to the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). The LSC is the nation's single largest provider of legal assistance grants for low-income Americans. "Frank Neuner's extensive work ensuring low-income individuals in Louisiana have access to legal services makes him an excellent choice for this position," said Dr. Cassidy. "His service to his community is… Continue Reading


06.06.18

ADVISORY: National Seersucker Day Tomorrow June 7

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and colleagues will take an official photo at 12:45 p.m. ET tomorrow in celebration of National Seersucker Day. ** Exact time is subject to vote schedule. Updates will be issued as needed.** The seersucker suit was created in Louisiana and today is worn all across the nation. National Seersucker Day celebrates this American tradition and Louisiana-born product. Former Senator Trent Lott (R-MS) first brought National Seersucker Day to Congress in 1996. T… Continue Reading


06.06.18

President Trump Signs Cassidy Co-Authored Veterans Legislation into Law

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), member of the Senate Veteran's Affairs Committee, today attended the White House signing ceremony for the VA MISSION Act. Signed into law, this legislation improves the quality of health care at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and ensures veterans have access to timely care whether inside the VA system or from local providers. "As a doctor, my first priority is the patient," said Dr. Cassidy. "This breakthrough legislation puts veterans first… Continue Reading


06.05.18

Cassidy: We Must Get Serious About Saving Medicare and Social Security from Bankruptcy

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy, and member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement today regarding the latest annual reports by the trustees of Social Security and Medicare. "Medicare and Social Security are incredibly important programs, which we learned today are in extreme jeopardy," said Dr. Cassidy. "If we wish to preserve these… Continue Reading


06.05.18

Cassidy Announces $45 Million INFRA Grant for the Belle Chasse Tunnel and Replacement Project

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today announced the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) will receive a $45 million Infrastructure For Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant for the Belle Chasse Tunnel and Replacement Project from the U.S. Department of Transportation. "The Belle Chase Bridge and Tunnel is an important access point to Plaquemines Parish for residents and those traveling to and from the Naval Air Station or other businesses located along Highway 23," s… Continue Reading


06.05.18

Legislation to #HonorGleason with Congressional Gold Medal Reaches Required Number of Senate Cosponsors

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Patty Murray (D-WA), John Kennedy (R-LA), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) today announced their bipartisan legislation (S. 2652) to award Washington state native, ALS champion, and former New Orleans Saints star Steve Gleason with the Congressional Gold Medal is now supported by 67 senators-enough for the legislation to move forward in the Senate. It's only the second Congressional Gold Medal bill in the current Congress to reach this level of support in the Se… Continue Reading


06.05.18

Cassidy Welcomes Longer Senate Work Hours Aimed at Making Progress on Nominees, Appropriations

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced the Senate will add three weeks of votes to the calendar in August. "I'm glad Leader McConnell is seeking to honor our request to work longer hours in the Senate. Republicans have accomplished a lot over the past year, but I believe we can achieve even more," said Dr. Cassidy. "We need to pass a sensible spending plan instead of getting stuck with a bad one at t… Continue Reading


05.31.18

Cassidy, Colleagues Submit Amicus Brief to Supreme Court Supporting State Laws Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding for Abortion

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today joined 23 of his Senate Republican colleagues in submitting an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case of Gee v. Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. A Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in the case currently bars states from prohibiting taxpayer funding for abortion business Planned Parenthood through Medicaid. "Taxpayers should not be forced to fund an abortion business like Planned Parenthood," said Dr. Cassidy. "States should … Continue Reading


05.29.18

Cassidy Responds to Ranking Member Murray

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following response to Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA): "Pretending big premium increases are something new instead of more of what we've seen year after year under Obamacare ignores the facts. The numbers speak for themselves. Premiums have gone up every year since Obamacare was passed, and the average premium increase proposed in Washington state was 8.25 perce… Continue Reading


05.29.18

Cassidy Unveils New Ideas to Make Health Care Affordable Again

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate health and finance committees, released the following statement and white paper containing new ideas to improve the U.S. health care system and lower costs for families and patients: "Families and patients have seen their health insurance premiums and the cost of care go up year after year. It's unaffordable and unsustainable, and things aren't going to get better until we change our broken system," said Dr. Cassidy. "I'm focused on… Continue Reading

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