Langevin Statement on the 21st Century Cures Act

Nov 30, 2016 Issues: Disabilities, Health Care, Vote

Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) released the following statement in support of H.R. 34, the 21st Century Cures Act:

“The 21st Century Cures Act makes crucial investments in innovation and medical research, including the Cancer Moonshot and BRAIN Initiatives, and it supports important health care policies such as increasing access to mental health services and combating opioid addiction. I am especially pleased that the bill includes language from legislation I introduced with Congressman Gregg Harper (R-MS) to improve medical rehabilitation research and coordination at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). After becoming paralyzed at the age of 16, I required intensive rehabilitation in order to navigate my new lifestyle, an experience that is shared by so many Americans with disabilities, traumatic injuries, and chronic conditions. Rehabilitation research is essential in order to improve health care outcomes, and support for this research will make a tremendous difference for people with disabilities who want to live fulfilling, independent lives.

“However, the 21st Century Cures Act is by no means a perfect bill. It strips away funding from the Public Health Prevention Fund, undermining our efforts to fight the very diseases we are attempting to cure. And although this legislation streamlines the FDA drug and device approval process, we must ensure that these reforms do not compromise patient safety. Finally, this bill does nothing to reign in the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs, an issue that has seriously impacted Rhode Island families. I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure that these issues receive the attention they deserve and are properly addressed going forward.”