Capitol Correspondence - 06.11.24

Reps. DeGette and Bucshon Seek Stakeholder Input on Next Phase of 21st Century Cures Initiative

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U.S. Representatives Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Larry Bucshon (R-IN) have issued a Request for Information (RFI) as part of the ongoing 21st Century Cures initiative. The RFI aims to gather stakeholder input on how Congress can stimulate the next wave of life-changing treatments and ensure these innovations are accessible to all patients.

The original 21st Century Cures Act, enacted eight years ago, significantly impacted biomedical research funding, mental health care reform, drug development, health information technology, and authorizes electronic visit verification (EVV) for Medicaid personal care services.

The RFI seeks input on the following key questions:

  1. Do the policies included in Cures 2.0 that have advanced through legislation or executive action meet the needs that the original Cures 2.0 bill aimed to address?
  2. What elements might be missing that are essential for further progress?
  3. What additional reforms, support mechanisms, or incentives are needed to enhance or improve the effectiveness of the steps already taken, including any structural reform to agencies, offices, or programs involved?

Interested stakeholders are encouraged to submit their comments by the close of business on Friday, August 2. This feedback is vital in refining the initiative’s strategies and ensuring the health care system remains innovative, responsive, and patient-focused.

For more information and to view the RFI document, please visit the official announcement by Reps. DeGette and Bucshon