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Al Franken's Public Statements on Issue: Health and Health Care

Full Name: Al Franken
Office: U.S. Senate (MN) - Jr, Democratic/Farmer/Labor
First Elected: 11/04/2008
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Announced, Democratic/Farmer/Labor for U.S. Senate
Primary Aug. 12, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Franni; 2 Children: Thomasin, Joe
Birth Date: 05/21/1951
Birth Place: New York, NY
Religion: Jewish
Date Title
April 10, 2014 Medicare Physician Payment System
March 27, 2014 Senator Franken Honored for His Leadership in Improving Access to Mental Health Services
March 5, 2014 Letter to Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration - FDA's Proposed Rule to Protect Consumers of Generic Drugs
Feb. 27, 2014 Sun Current - Schools Grapple With Mental Health Issues
Feb. 24, 2014 New Study: Sen. Franken's Bipartisan Diabetes Prevention Program Would Save Medicare $1.3 Billion
Jan. 22, 2014 Budget Provision Klobuchar, Franken, Paulsen Fought For Will Help Improve Safety and Efficiency for Medical Device Approval Process
Jan. 16, 2014 Sen. Franken Says Budget Bill Will Strengthen Economy, Provide Stability for Businesses
Jan. 16, 2014 Sen. Franken Renews Effort to Ensure Rural Seniors Have Rides to Medical Visits
Nov. 18, 2013 Sen. Franken's Bipartisan Bill to Keep Medicine Safe for Minnesotans Passes Senate; Will Soon Become Law
Nov. 18, 2013 Senate Health Policy Leaders Hail Passage of Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Safety of Compounded Drugs, Track Prescription Drugs; Bill Now Heads to the President's Desk
Nov. 15, 2013 Letter to Senators Jeff Sessions and Patty Murray - Funding for Medical Research
Nov. 14, 2013 Rep. Chu, Senator Blumenthal & Colleagues Announce Legislation Protecting Reproductive Rights
Nov. 13, 2013 Drug Quality and Security Act-- Motion to Proceed
Nov. 12, 2013 Sen. Franken's Bipartisan Bill to Keep Medicine Safe for Minnesotans Clears Critical Hurdle Toward Becoming Law
Nov. 8, 2013 At Urging of Sen. Franken, FDA Proposes Fix to Protect Consumers Relying on Generic Prescriptions
Nov. 7, 2013 Sen. Franken Backs Bipartisan Bill to Increase Mental Health Access for Rural Seniors
Nov. 7, 2013 Sen. Franken: We Must Increase Access to Mental Health Services
Oct. 30, 2013 Sen. Franken Presses Veterans Committee to Increase Access to Health Care Services for Rural Veterans
Sept. 30, 2013 Sen. Franken: Politics Should Not Get between Women and Their Doctors
Sept. 28, 2013 HELP Committee Members Call for Senate Passage of Drug Quality and Security Act
Sept. 26, 2013 Sen. Franken's Bipartisan Bill to Keep Medicine Safe for Minnesotans Gains Critical Momentum
Sept. 25, 2013 Bipartisan Group of HELP Committee Senators Introduce Legislation to Address High-Risk Drug Compounding Practices and Secure the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain
Sept. 20, 2013 Letter to Marilyn Tavenner, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services - Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson, McCollum, Nolan, Walz Urge Medicare to Reject Recommendation that Would Hurt Rural Hospitals
Aug. 26, 2013 Sen. Franken: Cutting Important Nutrition, Health Programs for Minnesota Seniors is "Penny-Wise, Pound-Foolish"
Aug. 1, 2013 Sens. Franken, Boozman Renew Effort to Strengthen Health Care Access for Rural Vets
Aug. 1, 2013 Sen. Franken Leads Effort to Help Minnesota's Medical Technology Industry
July 25, 2013 Senate Health Committee Members Urge Senate Action on Bill to Help Prevent Another Compounding Crisis Like the Deadly Meningitis Outbreak, Protect Nation's Drug Supply
July 11, 2013 Rockerfeller, Whitehouse, Franken, Capps Introduce Bill to Encourage Low-Incom Health Clinics to Adopt Electronic Health Records
July 9, 2013 After Being Urged by Sen. Franken & Colleagues, FDA Takes Key Step to Protect Consumers Relying on Generic Prescriptions
June 24, 2013 Letter to Doctor Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner of the FDA - Labeling Regulations
June 20, 2013 Sen. Franken's Bipartisan Measure to Combat Mental Health Crisis in Criminal Justice System Clears Key Hurdle
June 18, 2013 Need for Sen. Franken's Bill to Rein in Prescription Drug Costs Underscored by Supreme Court Ruling
June 3, 2013 Letter to the Honorable Margaret A. Hamburg, Commissioner of US Food and Drug Administration
May 29, 2013 Sen. Franken Pleased That FDA is Working to Address Infant Drug Shortage
May 22, 2013 Harkin, Alexander, Roberts, Franken Release Report Outlining Urgent Need for Clear Regulatory Guidelines of Drug Compounders as Committee Approves Legislation
May 15, 2013 Harkin, Alexander, Roberts, Franken Introduce Legislation to Clarify Oversight Responsibilities for Pharmaceutical Compounding, Ensure Safety for Consumers
May 6, 2013 Letter to Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration - End Infant Drug Shortage
April 26, 2013 Letter to Chair and Ranking Member of Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Tom Harkin and Jerry Moran - Senators Seek Support for Seniors
April 26, 2013 Harkin, Alexander, Franken, Roberts Release Draft Bill to Make Clear Oversight Responsibilities for Pharmaceutical Compounding, Ensure Safety for Consumers
April 10, 2013 Sen. Franken Provisions to Improve Mental Health in Schools Clears Key Hurdle
March 21, 2013 Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2014
March 21, 2013 Klobuchar, Franken, Bipartisan Group of Senators Pass Amendment Showing Strong Support for Repealing Medical Device Tax
Feb. 27, 2013 Star Tribune - Al Franken, Jim Ramstad: Improving care for mental illness
Feb. 13, 2013 Rep. Napolitano Reintroduces Mental Health in Schools Act
Feb. 7, 2013 Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Bill to End $30 Billion Tax on Medical Device Manufacturers
Jan. 24, 2013 CSG Justice Center Applauds U.S. House and Senate Members' Introduction of the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act
Jan. 23, 2013 Sen. Franken, Rep. Nugent Introduce Bipartisan Measure to Combat Mental Health Crisis in Criminal Justice System
Dec. 10, 2012 Letter to The Honorable Harry Reid
Oct. 15, 2012 Consumer Alert: Medicare Open Enrollment Window
Sept. 21, 2012 Sen. Franken Presses to Ensure Rural Seniors Have Rides to Medical Visits
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