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Upton & DeGette Mark Second Anniversary of 21st Century Cures Act Becoming Law

Groundbreaking, bipartisan legislation signed into law by President Obama in 2016

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Washington, December 13, 2018 | Tom Wilbur (202-225-3761) | comments

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Michigan, and U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colorado, today released the following statement on the second anniversary of the 21st Century Cures Act being signed into law by President Barack Obama:

“21st Century Cures began with the spark of hope and continues today – pushing medical research in new and innovative ways. 

“We’re already seeing the results in action: The Beau Biden Cancer Moonshot is working to accelerate progress in cancer prevention and screening, the All of Us Research Program has more than 100,000 people signed up to help advance precision medicine and develop more effective ways to treat disease, the Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is revolutionizing how we understand the human brain, and the Regenerative Medicine Innovation Project is supporting clinical research on adult stem cells.

“21st Century Cures is also making needed reforms to our mental health system and at the Food and Drug Administration. We’re now able to get drugs and devices to the market more efficiently – helping to address drug prices. Finally, 21st Century Cures has played a pivotal role in addressing the opioid epidemic by funding the fight at the state level – with more than $1 billion in grants to states in need.

“21st Century Cures was truly a bipartisan effort from start to finish. Today we can reflect on how far we have come, but it is also a reminder of all the work that remains. Patients and families are counting on us.”

Further background:

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has held five hearings on the implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act including three this year. These hearings have focused on specifics sections of the bill including mental health reforms, work being done by the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health, and an update from the Office of the National Coordinator.

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