The House of Representatives’ Energy & Commerce Committee recently endorsed a quartet of bipartisan bills designed to advance public health by addressing clinical care, maternity care, sports medicine and patient access issues, respectively.
Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) introduced HR 309 to establish a National Clinical Care Commission
for the purpose of evaluating and improving administration of support programs
for individuals with metabolic and autoimmune disorders.
HR 315, the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act presented
by Rep. Michael C. Burgess (R-TX), allows the Department of Health and Human Services to collect data to better designate
maternal health practitioner placement by region, using existing connections
via the National Health Service Corps.
Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) led the adoption of HR 302, the
Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act of 2016, to guarantee sports medicine
practitioners malpractice coverage when offering care in other states.
HR 304, the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency
Medications Act of 2016, advanced by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC), aims to streamline the U.S. Drug
Enforcement Administration Emergency Medical Services division registration procedure, with
clarification of EMS personnel’s right to administer controlled substances when
emergency conditions meet certain criteria.
“These bipartisan bills mark a strong start to the new
year,” Greg Walden (R-OR), who chairs the Energy and Commerce
Committee, said. “By picking up where we left off on important measures
to better coordinate care and clarify existing law, we’re one step closer to
seeing these bills become law and making improvements to public health.”
House committee approves 4 public health measures
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