Press Releases

Sen. Warner Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Expand Telehealth Services

Bill would expand the use of telehealth and remote patient monitoring through Medicare, expanding access to high-quality healthcare while reducing costs

Feb 03 2016

Sen. Warner (D-VA) joined Sens. Wicker (R-MS), Schatz (D-HI), Cochran (R-MS), Cardin (D-MD), and Thune (R-SD) to unveil the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act, bipartisan legislation that would expand telehealth services through Medicare, improve care outcomes, make it easier for patients to connect with their health care providers, and help cut costs for patients and providers.

Warner, Kaine Urge VA to Reconsider Unnecessary Burdens on Blue Water Navy Veterans

Current policy presents excessive obstacles for Blue Water Navy veterans seeking care and benefits for health conditions caused by exposure to toxic chemicals while serving aboard Navy ships in Vietnam

Jan 13 2016

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined a bipartisan group of 12 Senators in urging the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to change inconsistent and burdensome regulations placed on “Blue Water Navy” veterans seeking health care and benefits for conditions resulting from exposure to toxic chemicals during their service aboard Navy ships in Vietnam.

Senators Press Administration on Efforts to Lower Prescription Drug Costs

Per capita drug spending increased by more than $100 last year, straining federal & state budgets & squeezing seniors & middle class

Dec 17 2015

Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) wrote to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Andrew Slavitt, seeking more information on the agency’s efforts to inform consumers and health care providers about prescription drug costs and maximize CMS’ existing authorities to contain cost.

Senate Passes Warner, Kaine Bill to Assist Eugenics Victims with State Compensation Payments

Warner & Kaine bill excludes eugenics compensation payments from determination of federal public benefit programs

Dec 01 2015

Sens. Warner and Kaine today announced that the Senate unanimously passed the bipartisan Treatment of Certain Payments in Eugenics Compensation Act, excluding payments from state eugenics compensation programs from consideration in determining federal benefits.

Sen. Warner Applauds CMS Final Rule to Pay for Advance Care Planning

Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services finalizes new rule to provide a Medicare benefit to discuss end-of-life care

Oct 30 2015

“By confirming that it will reimburse for advance care planning in accordance with the recommendation of the American Medical Association, CMS has taken an important step forward in moving the conversation around end-of-life care beyond political scare tactics."
Senators Warner and Kaine joined U.S. Senators Ayotte (R-NH), Chris Murphy (D-CT) and a bipartisan group of 20 other Senators in calling on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to take immediate, overdue action to fully implement and enforce the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA).

Warner, Kaine Join Bipartisan Group of Senators in Calling for Full Implementation of Mental Health Parity Law

Senators urge HHS & DOL to ensure that individuals seeking behavioral health treatment have access to benefits promised under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

Oct 15 2015

Senators Warner and Kaine joined U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Chris Murphy (D-CT) and a bipartisan group of 20 other Senators in calling on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to take immediate, overdue action to fully implement and enforce the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.

Warner, Kaine, Manchin Call for Investigation into FDA Decision on Oxycontin

In a letter to the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, the Senators are calling for an investigation into the decision to approve OxyContin for children as young as 11-years-old

Sep 09 2015

Senators Warner, Kaine and Manchin today sent a letter to the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) calling for an investigation into the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision to approve OxyContin for use by children as young as 11-years-old and an examination of the rise in the opioid misuse, abuse and consequent overdose deaths.

Finance Committee Welcomes Input on Chronic Care

530 Recommendations on How to Improve Care Submitted to Committee

Jul 28 2015

Today, the Senate Finance Committee released the submissions responding to the Committee’s bipartisan initiative to explore cost effective solutions to improve health outcomes for Medicare patients living with one or more chronic conditions, spearheaded by Sen. Warner and Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA.)
The reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, which was co-sponsored by Sens. Warner and Kaine, provides vital programs and services for nearly 12 million low-income seniors, including nutrition programs like Meals-on-Wheels, preventive health services, transportation assistance, part-time community service and employment training, and protection from abuse and financial exploitation.