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Tennessee has historically been home to healthcare innovation. From health insurance to hospital care, the Mid-South leads the nation in healthcare. We need market-based reforms that put patients - not federal bureaucrats - in the driver’s seat to expand access to affordable care, lower prices on pharmaceuticals, and increase transparency for patients.  I will continue to support seniors’ access to Medicare by remaining focused on being certain Medicare funds are used by Medicare enrollees and not by other programs.

As a mother and a grandmother, I am gravely concerned about the opioid crisis. In Tennessee alone, at least three people die from an opioid-related overdose each day. In the State Senate, I fought for drug courts and treatment programs, I continued to support partnering with law enforcement and prosecutors to ensure they had the necessary tools. As Senator, I will continue to work towards a systemic solution that targets the distribution of illicit opioids and improves prevention and recovery efforts.

I support the efforts of Tennessee’s innovators who are currently working to improve the health care system and find cures for diseases. Information technology is a promising area of growth for the health care industry, which is why I pushed legislation to keep the FDA in its lane in regards to these technologies so that innovators can get the newest, most effective mobile medical apps in the hands of the people that want and need them.


Blackburn, Blumenthal, Senators Seek Additional Funding for Children’s Hospitals Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) led a bipartisan group of Senators in urging Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to provide additional funding for children’s hospitals impacted by COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, many children’s hospitals have been forced to halt critical elective procedures. 

“Many children’s hospitals have had to resort to furloughs and lay-offs at a time when they are also preparing for...

Blackburn, Cruz Introduce Bill to Expand Telehealth Access

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced the Equal Access to Care Act yesterday. The legislation aims to expand access to telemedicine during the coronavirus emergency period by allowing licensed health care providers to treat patients remotely through the phone and online wherever the patient is located.
 
“Telehealth has proven to be an effective tool for providing patients access to health care, including during and prior to the COVID-19...

Blackburn, Menendez Lead Bipartisan Bill to Increase US Prescription Drug Manufacturing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) have introduced the Securing America’s Medicine Cabinet (SAM-C) Act to increase American manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), the building blocks of prescription drugs. Currently, only 28% of API-producing facilities are in the United States and the number of Chinese facilities has more than doubled since 2010.

“When confronted with a serious challenge such as the corona virus, it is important...

Telehealth Proves Essential During COVID-19

Results in More Services in More Places by More Providers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Fear of catching an illness by visiting a doctor’s offices should not be an obstacle for patients needing care. Telehealth has proved to be an immensely beneficial form of delivering treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ new rule to increase telehealth access for Medicare Advantage recipients in rural areas is a solid step toward expanding coverage for Americans in need...

Blackburn Urges FDA to Respond to Critical Drug Shortages

NASHVILLE, TENN. - Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) is urging the Food and Drug Administration to address shortages of drugs used to treat patients with lupus. Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, which are used to treat autoimmune diseases like lupus, are currently being used as treatment for COVID-19.

"We should not be facing a choice between treating lupus and COVID-19," said Senator Blackburn. "We have to fix our US drug supply problem right nw. All Americans should be able to trust...

Blackburn Leads the Way on Telehealth

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the White House made a critical announcement to expand telehealth due to the advocacy of Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.). Following discussions with both the White House and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma about a key regulation inhibiting the use of telemedicine, the administration announced it will waive that regulation to allow beneficiaries to receive a wider range of healthcare services from their doctors without having to...

Blackburn Applauds New Coronavirus Research

NASHVILLE, TENN. – Tonight, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) applauded new research from scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville:

“Researchers at ORNL and UTK have made a significant breakthrough in identifying the isolated protein that would neutralize the coronavirus,” Senator Blackburn said. “This critical discovery brings us one key step closer to determining how to best treat the virus that is spreading around the globe.”

“Researchers at...

Without Action, U.S. Dependence On China for Medications Puts American Lives at Risk, Blackburn Writes in Stat News

The coronavirus outbreak exposes the U.S.’s pharma supply chain vulnerability

Sen. Marsha Blackburn

Stat News

February 14, 2020

In the 21st century, Americans have found it far too easy to be complacent about public health emergencies like the ongoing coronavirus outbreak of the newly named Covid-19 that began in China and has since spread to other countries, including the U.S.

To be fair, it has been more than 50 years since the last federal quarantine was issued, to control a deadly...

Blackburn Speaks on Maintaining Health Care Access in Rural

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) spoke on the Senate floor yesterday about her Rural Health Agenda, a trio of bills that will make it easier for medical practitioners to serve and treat rural Americans in the communities where they live.

To watch Senator Blackburn’s speech, click below or here.

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I am taking the floor today to ask my colleagues for help in protecting the 20% of Americans who live in rural areas, and are in danger of losing, or have...

Blackburn Calls on Parents to Consider Vaccines before Sending Kids to School

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States may lose its measles elimination status due to ongoing outbreaks, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), who sponsored the Vaccines Save Lives resolution earlier this year, responded to the news.

“I am both infuriated and deeply disturbed by the news that the United States could lose its measles elimination status,” said Senator...