The 21st Century Cures Act of 2016
(12/12/16)- President Barack Obama has signed the 21st Century Cures Act, after it passed the Senate by a 84 to 5 vote, and the House by a 392 to 26 vote.
The Republican sponsors of the Act were Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan and Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, while the Democrat sponsors of the act were Rep. Dianne Gette of Colorado and Senator Patty Murray of Washington.
At a total cost of $6.3 billion, The Cures Act includes over a billion dollars being allocateded to the National Institute of Health (NIH) for the “Cancer Moonshot”. The NIH will use this funding to make grants to institutions or individuals doing research in the war against cancer.
The Cures Act would also increase access to mental health care which has been a bipartisan effort since the fatal shooting in 2012 of 20 children and 6 adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn.
The act will also speed up the approval process for new drugs and medical devices by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
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by Allan Rubin
posted December 12, 2016