August 21, 2015
AADA praises House leaders for work on ‘Cures’ bill
In a letter to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), the AADA extended its gratitude for their work in developing and advancing the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R.6). The AADA provided comments and feedback on the bill on behalf of dermatologists and through coalitions such as One Voice Against Cancer, Coalition for Accessible Treatments and the Physician Clinical Registry Coalition.
The Academy’s comments focused on provisions related to increased funding authorization levels for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA), off-label use, EHR vendor accountability, access to clinical data registries for medical research purposes, and the future of telemedicine.
H.R. 6 passed the House this summer with overwhelming bipartisan support and the Senate is expected to take action on a similar bill in the coming months when it returns to Washington this fall. The AADA will continue to keep members updated as the bill advances through the legislative process.
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