Capitol Correspondence - 09.30.19

House Weighing 21st Century Cures Act 2.0

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ANCOR is sharing the story below because the 21st Century Cures Act, passed in 2016, is deeply relevant to the disability community because of electronic visit verification (EVV) provisions in the bill. Congress had included these provisions as a “pay for” to reduce the bill’s impact on the federal budget. We are monitoring this discussion because EVV implementation has been one of ANCOR’s key issues in recent years.

Politico Pulse shares that:

21st Century Cures ‘2.0’ legislation in the works. Reps. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) hope to finish a revamp by early next year of the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016, their sweeping, bipartisan FDA and health tech reform bill, Upton said at a hearing on Wednesday.

According to Upton, the two lawmakers are in listening stages of a ‘Cures 2.0’ to get outside groups’ input on how to make the law work better.

The legislation, signed by Barack Obama in the final weeks of his presidency, was aimed at speeding research and therapies for patients. It bolstered aid to NIH, gave FDA new powers and responsibilities, and required health care companies to share more data.”