Voice Support for 21st Century Cures
Today, Research!America sent a letter to House and Senate leadership in support of the 21st Century Cures Act, legislation that encourages the discovery, development and delivery of new treatments and cures for patients. A new version of the 21st Century Cures bill (21stCC) has been introduced, with a strong chance that this bipartisan legislation will pass both Houses of Congress, and that President Obama will sign it into law shortly thereafter.
Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI-06) has requested that organizations and individuals send letters by Wednesday, November 30 at 1:00 p.m. ET. We encourage advocates to send a letter and voice support for this important legislation. Click here for a template letter that you can edit, and the email addresses for congressional leadership.
The proposed legislation includes provisions from the House version of 21stCC, which passed the House on July 10, 2015, and from the package of Innovation bills that the Senate HELP Committee passed earlier this year. In addition, provisions have been added to provide an accelerated regulatory pathway for regenerative therapies that treat the most serious diseases.
The bill provides $4.8 billion for NIH and $500 million for FDA over a 10-year period. The NIH funding is earmarked as follows: $1.5 billion for the Precision Medicine Initiative, $1.5 billion for the BRAIN Initiative, $1.8 billion for cancer Moonshot, and $30 million for an NIH and FDA joint initiative on regenerative therapies. Provisions also include funding for grants to states focused on responding to the opioid addiction crisis, and provisions to strengthen our nation’s mental health care system. While the funding is fully paid for, appropriators would still need to sign off each year in order for the funding to be released.
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