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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 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...

Blackburn Unveils Rural Health Agenda to Bring Care to Underserved Areas

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) introduced her Rural Health Agenda, aimed at addressing health care delivery challenges in rural America to maintain quality care close to home. The Rural Health Agenda includes three bills: the bipartisan Rural America Health Corps Act, cosponsored by Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska); the Rural Health Innovation Act, cosponsored by Senator Murkowski; and the Telemedicine...

Blackburn Receives Update from FBI Director Wray on Combatting Opioids

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) questioned FBI Director Christopher Wray at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on “Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation”. The Senator questioned Director Wray on the FBI’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis.

“The opioid crisis has really taken such a toll in Tennessee. We know now that it is more than double the deaths from homicide,” said Senator Blackburn. “Fifty medical professionals had an indictment issued by DOJ...

Blackburn Joins Schumer, Cotton, Colleagues to Announce Senate Passage of Fentanyl Sanctions Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Senators Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) in announcing the passage of the Fentanyl Sanctions Act as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, which passed the Senate yesterday by a vote of 86-8. 

The Fentanyl Sanctions Act would hold China and other countries accountable for their commitments to crack down on producers and traffickers of fentanyl and other deadly synthetic opioids, pushing...

Blackburn Leads Bicameral Bill Protecting Women and Girls from Female Genital Mutilation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) introduced S. 2017, the Federal Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act of 2019 to stop female genital mutilation (FGM) and ensure successful future prosecution of those who perpetuate this practice. This legislation is cosponsored by Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.). 

“Perpetrators of FGM must be held responsible for their...

Blackburn, Feinstein, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Improve Access to Lifesaving Breast Cancer Screenings

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced S. 1936, the Protecting Access to Lifesaving Screenings (PALS) Act of 2019, to postpone recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) that would limit access to breast cancer screening for women in their 40s. It would continue the moratorium on the USPSTF recommendations, which Congress has extended several times.

The PALS Act is cosponsored by Senators Shelley Moore...

Senator Blackburn, Colleagues Introduce the Ending the Fentanyl Crisis Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), John Kennedy (R-La.) and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) introduced the Ending the Fentanyl Crisis Act of 2019 last week to ensure that sentencing penalties for trafficking fentanyl reflect the deadliness of the drug. This legislation marks a major step toward addressing the nation’s opioid epidemic. 

“Fentanyl is deadly, and it is killing Americans every single day,” said Senator Blackburn. “It’s time the punishment fit the crime...

Senators Blackburn, Braun Introduce Bill Requiring GAO to Study Pharmaceutical Benefit Managers Role in Supply Chain

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Mike Braun (R-Indiana) introduced S.1532, the Pharmacy Benefit Managers Accountability Study Act of 2019, to require the Government Accountability Office to submit a report on pharmaceutical benefit managers (PBMs) to the Senate HELP and Finance Committees within one year of the date of enactment.
 
“As Congress looks to reduce prescription drug costs, we need to be sure we are getting complete and accurate information at each...

Blackburn, Duckworth, Alexander Resolution Recognizing Importance of Vaccines Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) introduced the bipartisan Vaccines Save Lives Resolution, recognizing the importance of vaccines and immunizations in the United States. The resolution, which passed the Senate this week, sends a message of unequivocal Congressional support for vaccines and urges parents, in consultation with their health care providers, to follow scientific evidence and the consensus of medical...