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Congressman Randy Hultgren

Representing the 14th District of ILLINOIS

Hultgren Supports Legislation to Speed Up Life-Saving Treatments and Overhaul Medical Research

Nov 30, 2016
Press Release
“My constituents need more options and better access to more advanced treatments”

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) voted in favor of the 21st Century Cures Act, which passed the House today. In addition to an updated bill (which Rep. Hultgren cosponsored and which passed the House earlier this year), the legislation includes the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Reform Act and the Increasing Choice, Access and Quality in Health Care for Americans Act. Click here for a full summary of the fully paid for, fiscally responsible legislation.

“21st Century Cures is a monumental step forward for the people I talk to every day who suffer from an illness for which there is no cure or, at best, limited treatment options available,” said Rep. Hultgren. “These men and women need more options and better access to more advanced treatments, and this bill gives them hope by streamlining FDA review of life-saving drugs, modernizing the clinical trial process and investing in our researchers.”

The 21st Century Cures Act provides:

  • $4.8 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health for the Precision Medicine Initiative, brain research and cancer research.
  • $500 million in funding for the Food and Drug Administration to support drug review and get new treatments and medical devices to patients more quickly.
  • $1 billion in grants for the prevention and treatment of opioid abuse.

“This legislation represents good government at its best. All new spending on research will be fully paid for, allowing Congress to invest in science in a sustainable, fiscally responsible way,” said Rep. Hultgren.

The legislative package passed today also includes a number of provisions to provide support to families suffering from mental illness and substance abuse, give states flexibility to address these issues with in a more targeted way, and improve care and coverage in and for hospitals, small businesses, rural providers and seniors.