This week, I voted for the “21st Century Cures Act,” H.R. 34, which is expected to be signed into law by the President.
This bill will help every American family that is facing the devastating effects of cancer, diseases like Alzheimer’s and diabetes, drug addiction, and mental health issues. It speeds up the approval of life-saving drugs so patients will benefit from them sooner. It increases federal research efforts to conquer diseases. It also takes action against opioid abuse and to improve care for mental health issues.
Among many other important provisions, the Cures Act will:
This bill also represents the most significant reform to our mental health system in more than a decade, and it provides $1 billion in grants to the states to fight the opioid epidemic. These are two areas that we have a great deal of work to do as a nation.
- Modernize clinical trials to expedite the review and approval of critical drugs;
- Advance the Precision Medicine Initiative to drive research into the genetic, lifestyle and environmental variations of disease;
- Bolster the "Cancer Moonshot” to speed up cancer research;
- Invest in the BRAIN initiative to improve our understanding of diseases like Alzheimer's;
- Spur the development of health software and mobile medical apps, vaccines, and regenerative medicine therapies; and
- Help the FDA recruit and retain the best and brightest scientists, doctors, and engineers.
It is supported by Association of American Cancer Institutes, American Association for Cancer Research, American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, Association of American Medical Colleges, American Heart Association, American Psychiatric Association, Epilepsy Foundation, Infectious Diseases Society of America, National Organization for Rare Disorders, and many other organizations.
The bill is fiscally responsible and is projected to reduce the deficit by about $5 billion through 2026.
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