Imagine a world where heart disease could never claim another life or one where Alzheimer’s could never steal another memory. These illnesses, along with cancer, diabetes and thousands of others, devastate families every day. A world without the pain and suffering from those illnesses is much brighter, which is why last week the House passed the 21st Century Cures Act.
This bipartisan legislation ushers in a new era of medical research to deliver cutting-edge cures and ultimately save lives.
The United States is a leader in health care research and while the industry is constantly progressing, burdensome government regulations have stifled advancement. The 21st Century Cures Act eliminates these archaic regulations to streamline the FDA and clinical trials so that life-saving drugs are made available to those that need them quickly and safely.
21st Century Cures also gives renewed hope to those struggling with addiction and mental health issues. The bill’s language clarifies HIPAA requirements so patients, families, and providers can improve communication, which will better serve patients.
Under this legislation, the implementation of electronic health records will also be improved so that all providers can ensure they have the most up-to-date and reliable information when treating patients.
21st Century Cures maintains a patient-centered approach to health care while streamlining medical records, research initiatives and drug approval. This legislation takes giant leaps to improve Americans’ quality of life, and we will see profound impacts on many Americans suffering with debilitating illnesses for years to come, which is why I am proud to join 391 of my colleagues in voting for this bill.
It is an honor and privilege to represent you and Texas in the United States House.