The House yesterday passed a $4.8 billion healthcare bill, the 21st Century Cures Act, that has $1 billion earmarked to fight the opioid misuse crisis. The bill, which saw bi-partisan support, is now headed to the Senate. If passed by both houses and signed by the president, the National Institutes of Health will receive the funding over the next ten years.
In addition to funds targeting the opioid crisis, the Cure Act also includes provisions that will allow for quicker approval for prescription medications and medical devices, as well as money set aside for Alzheimer’s and cancer research.
See what is in the bill. https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/6
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