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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman Frank Guinta today introduced theVeterans Health and Accountability Act to enforce and expand reforms Congress made to the Veterans Administration,  after whistleblowers at the federal agency exposed secret patient waiting lists, where veterans died while waiting months or years for care.  CNN reported that over 300,000 died before receiving approval for care.

     Rep. Guinta (NH01) said his bill is the result of frequent meetings with New Hampshire veterans groups, such as the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Concerned Veterans for America. "The Granite State has the eighth largest vet population in the U.S. but no full-service VA facility or military hospital," hesaid, urging constituents to submit their concerns to his“We the People” Initiative.

     He explained that his bill would remove distance and time restrictions from the Veterans Choice program, which Congress created to alleviate long wait times. Under the law, veterans living more than 40 miles from a VA center or waiting more than a month for an appointment may seek private care outside the government-run system. 

   "The closest VA facility to New Hampshire is in Vermont. Even then, the bureaucracy can be impenetrable for sick vets with no time to lose," said Rep. Guinta. "We're giving them their time back, and hopefully in many cases, their lives back. Our country should honor its commitment to the men and women who have kept us safe. We should ensure they receive the care our country promised them."

Vet group discusses VA problems with Rep. Guinta (left) in D.C.


    Rep. Guinta’sVeterans Health and Accountability Act also requires the VA Secretary to annually report to Congress progress towards reform. The bill protects whistleblowers who expose negligence and mismanagement from retaliation. Awhistleblower in Phoenix revealed that VA employees there hid languishing patients from official records in order to collect rewards for timely service. 

    Another in Atlanta revealed that administrators purposefully allowed benefit applications to expire.“Without whistleblower protection, we may never have discovered the tragedy at the VA,” said Rep. Guinta.  “It’s vitally important these honest Americans follow their consciences without fear of reprisal.”

    In 2013, Congress passed theVeterans Access to Care Act to provide alternatives to the VA’s single-payer healthcare system, as well as to deny bonuses, raises, promotions or employment to Veterans Administration workers guilty of malfeasance. However, theObama Administration has threatened to defund the Veterans Choice program. Many offenders have yet to receive punishment andremain on the job. 

    "Constituents visited me in Washington as recently as last week to describe rot at the VA and to ask for my help. My bill increases pressure on the agency and the Obama Administration to enact reforms that are now law. It expands other reforms to finally break the bureaucratic logjam,"said Rep Guinta. "If VA bureaucrats thought they could escape scrutiny once the nationwide scandal died down, they were wrong.” 

   Rep. Guinta is Manchester's former two-term mayor and a member of the House Financial Services Committee. He has cosponsored bills to help veterans find affordable housing and protected the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard from shutdown last year.






CONCORD, NH –As part of their new Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, Representatives Frank Guinta (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) hosted a joint roundtable today to help solve New Hampshire’s growing heroin epidemic.


    The Granite Staters discussed their Stop the Overdose Problem Already Becoming a Universal Substance Epidemic (STOP ABUSE) Act, which they introduced in Congress this month. The expert panel in attendance provided feedback and outlined more steps that local law enforcement, support services and the federal government could take to assist individuals and families affected by opioid addiction.


    “During my time in office, I have seen opioid abuse rise to unprecedented levels throughout New Hampshire’s communities,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “And despite our best efforts, there is still no end in sight. We are on track this year to exceed the number of opioid-related deaths in the state, and as jarring as those statistics are, behind each number is a life lost and a family devastated by the death of a loved one. There is no single fix to end the growing heroin crisis, but I am proud to have introduced the STOP ABUSE Act with Representative Guinta as one piece of the solution. Today’s roundtable was a valuable opportunity to hear from experts about what else Congress, the state, and medical providers can be doing to better bring an end to the opioid epidemic, and I look forward to taking their feedback with me back to Congress, where I will continue to fight to support all measures that would bring relief to individuals and families affected by opioid drug abuse.”


    Rep. Guinta added,"Today's roundtable was an opportunity to hear from law enforcement officers and medical professionals on the front lines of a deadly epidemic. To do our jobs, Representative Kuster and I must hear their expert advice, based on frequent, personal interactions with sufferers of heroin addiction. The discussion was enlightening and valuable, emphasizing the immediacy of the problem, and has already increased momentum towards better solutions, which should focus on decreasing supply and demand for heroin, as well as improving addiction treatment. I'd like to thank participants for their contributions and hard work helping our state and families to recover."


    TheSTOP ABUSE Act establishes an Interagency Task Force on Heroin Addiction, reauthorizes drug crisis grants, and revises treatment guidelines for individuals ineligible for take-home treatment. Department of Safety Commissioner John Barthelmes, Chief Justice Tina Nadeau, State Police Colonel Robert Quinn, and other experts from the health care, law enforcement, and treatment fields joined Reps. Guinta and Kuster to talk about their legislation.


    The two have previously partnered on mental health and veterans initiatives. They say their latest partnership will help create lasting solutions for communities nationwide. Rep. Kuster is also a cosponsor of the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which would provide states with greater resources to combat abuse and create alternatives to incarceration. She is a supporter of legislation to help treat substance dependence in newborns and to allow Medicare to cover addiction treatment at community facilities.


    Additionally, Rep. Guinta introduced a bipartisan bill to increase patients’ access to the life-saving overdose medication Naloxone and cosponsored theComprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. He is a member of the House Financial Services Committee.




Congress News Release


CONCORD, NH –On Friday, as part of their new Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, Representatives Annie Kuster and Frank Guinta of New Hampshire will host a joint roundtable discussion to help solve the growing heroin epidemic in their home state.


The Representatives will discuss their Stop the Overdose Problem Already Becoming a Universal Substance Epidemic (STOP ABUSE) Act, which they introduced this month.  An expert panel will provide feedback to the legislation and outline steps that local support services, law enforcement and Congress can take to help individuals and families affected by opioid addiction.


The STOP ABUSE Act proposes a comprehensive approach to treatment and stopping the nationwide heroin epidemic, which Granite Staters have identified as the most important issue facing the state. The bill establishes an Interagency Task Force on Heroin Addiction, reauthorizes vital drug crisis grants, and revises treatment guidelines for sufferers of heroin addiction.


Friday’s event is open to the press. Members of the media or public planning to attend should RSVP to Hannah Bassett







Congressman Frank Guinta (NH-01)

Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02)

Commissioner John Barthelmes – NH Department of Safety

Colonel Robert Quinn – NH State Police

Melissa Silvey – Continuum of Care Director, One Voice of Strafford County

Patti Shea, MD – Director of Clinical Operations, Hampstead Hospital

Kevin Keefe – Chief Environment of Care Officer, Westbridge

Cheryle Pacaelli – Executive Director, HOPE for NH Recovery

Hon. Tina Nadeau – Chief Justice, Superior Court

Tim Soucy – Public Health Director, City of Manchester

Molly Rossignol, MD – Addiction Medicine Physician, Concord Hospital

Chris Adams – Chief, Laconia Police Department

Bradley Osgood – Chief, Concord Police Department

Mike Carignan – Deputy Chief, Nashua Police Department

and others...



Friday, October 30, 2015

11:00 AM



New Hampshire Department of Safety, Room 112

33 Hazen Drive

Concord, NH 03305


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Emily's List - Rep. Frank Guinta Votes for Ryan and Makes Extreme Agenda Top Priority

Guinta Voted with Paul Ryan 91% of the Time


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Guinta voted to elect Paul Ryan the next Speaker of the House of Representatives, demonstrating his willingness to put party loyalty ahead of the needs of the people he represents. Earlier this year, EMILY’s List put Rep. Guinta “On Notice” for his extreme agenda, making his seat a top target for Democratic takeover in 2016.


“Rep. Guinta’s decision to vote for Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House solidifies his commitment to an anti-woman, anti-family agenda,” said Rachel Thomas, press secretary of EMILY’s List. “Paul Ryan’s infamous budget proposals are bad for women, children, and hardworking families. With Speaker Ryan at the wheel, we will continue to see the attempts to reduce women’s access to health care and once again make breast cancer and pregnancy pre-existing conditions. Paul Ryan’s Congress will continue its genuinely outrageous priorities, taking aim at children, students, and our seniors.


“Rep. Guinta votes in lockstep with Speaker Ryan and together, they will push an extreme agenda – which is exactly why EMILY’s List has made Guinta a top target for 2016.”




The Majority of Cuts in the Ryan Budget Affected People with Low or Moderate Income.Of the total $4.8 trillion non-defense cuts in the Ryan Budget, $3.3 trillion or 69% of the cuts were from programs that serve people with low or moderate income. [CBPP,4/08/14]


Cut Billions from SNAP. The Ryan Budget included a cut of $137 billion over ten years for SNAP which would have resulted in the end of benefits for an estimate 3.8 million low income individuals. [CBPP,4/08/14]


Cut Billions from Pell Grants. The Ryan Budget included a cut of $125 billion total from the Pell Grant program, making it significantly more difficult for low-income students to attend college. [CBPP,4/08/14]


End Medicare as We Know It. The Ryan Budget would have converted Medicare into a “premium support” system driven by private insurance vouchers. [New York Times, 4/01/14]


  • Majority of Medicare Recipients Are Women.According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 56 percent, or 25,872,700 of Medicare beneficiaries in 2013 were women. [Kaiser Family Foundation,accessed 10/23/15]


  • Female Seniors Make Up an Overwhelming Majority of Medicare Beneficiaries. According to 2013 American Community Survey estimates, 10,731,591 women over the age of 75 have Medicare coverage compared to 7,372,520 men with the same coverage. [US Census, Medicare Coverage by Age and Sex,accessed 10/23/15]


  • Older Women, on Average Are Poorer than Older Men. According to the National Women’s Law Center, elderly women have lower average incomes and are more likely to live at or near the poverty level than elderly men. [National Women’s Law Center,5/23/11]



Repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Built into the Ryan Budget was a repeal of the Affordable Care Act which would have resulted in at least 40 million Americans losing health insurance or failing to achieve coverage by 2024. [CBPP,4/08/14]


  • Included a Repeal of the ACA’s Medicaid Expansion. As part of the Ryan Budget’s repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the expansion of Medicaid would have been cut. [CBPP,4/08/14]


    • ACA Expanded Women’s Access to Insurance. Only half of working women are able to get health coverage through their jobs, compared to 57% of men. Under the Affordable Care Act, approximately 8.2 million uninsured women will gain health coverage from expanded Medicaid eligibility and up to another 11 million women who lack affordable insurance through an employer will be eligible for subsidies. Additionally, with the extension of parental coverage until age 26, more than 10 million young women were able to retain insurance coverage. [Kaiser Family Foundation: Focus on Health Reform,12/10; National Women’s Law Center: How the Affordable Care Act Helps Women, accessed1/23/12; US Census 2010, accessed 1/23/12]


  • Breast Cancer, Pregnancy No Longer “Pre-Existing Conditions,” Preventative Treatments Essential under ACA. The Affordable Care Act prohibits coverage denials and exclusions for women with “pre-existing conditions” including pregnancies, past C-sections, breast or cervical cancer, or past treatment for domestic or sexual violence. In addition, maternity and newborn care are included as essential benefits in health plans, and the following services are to be provided with no additional costs to women and girls: annual or biannual mammograms for women over 40, cervical cancer screenings, prenatal screenings and tests, diabetes and blood pressure screenings, depression screenings and smoking and alcohol cessation programs. [National Women’s Law Center: What Health Reform Means for Women in Iowa, accessed5/10; National Women’s Law Center: How the Affordable Care Act Helps Women, accessed1/23/12]


  • ACA Closed the Medicare Donut Hole for Women. Women will benefit from a provision which closes the Medicare Part D “donut hole,” or the prescription drug coverage gap that requires seniors to pay the entire cost of prescriptions while in the gap. In 2007, 64% of the Medicare beneficiaries that were affected by the “donut hole” were women. [National Women’s Law Center: What Health Reform Means for Women in Iowa, accessed5/10; National Women’s Law Center: How the Affordable Care Act Helps Women, accessed1/23/12]


EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $400 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making it one of the most successful political organizations ever. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research women's issues, and turn out women voters. We've trained over 9,000 women to run and helped elect over 100 women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 11 governors, and over 700 to state and local office. Since its founding in 1985, almost one-third of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color - including every single Latina, African American, and Asian American Democratic congresswoman currently serving.



Congress News Release



WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Frank Guinta (NH01) released the following statement, after voting against today’s two-year House budget agreement, theBipartisan Budget Act of 2015:  

“As I travel New Hampshire, talking to folks back home, they tell me they want a fiscally responsible government, which is transparent, accountable and helps to solve the real problems this country faces. Because it fails that test, I could not support today’s budget agreement. At a time when Congress should be addressing out-of-control spending, this deal, written behind closed doors and revealed just days before a vote, reverses the deficit reduction Congress has achieved over five years, does little to address federal entitlements, and nothing to reduce the size of government.

“Republicans won control of the House in 2010 on a promise to reverse Democrats’ tax-and-spend policies and to restore fiscal sanity. While I agree with some of its provisions, this bill falls short. I look forward to working with my colleagues to rein in Washington’s excess and finally spur economic growth and jobs.”


Rep. Guinta, Manchester’s former two-term mayor, is a member of the House Financial Services Committee. Heis a member of the Subcommittees on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, as well as Monetary Policy and Trade.