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#SubHealth to Markup Bipartisan Public Health Bills THURSDAY

Jun 27, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – The Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), has announced it will markup four bipartisan public health bills on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at 10 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Three of the four bills being considered were the subject of a hearing last month.

#SubHealth will consider four bipartisan bills seeking to advance public health:

  • H.R. 767, the Stop, Observe, Ask and Respond (SOAR) to Health and Wellness Act of 2017, authored by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) would provide health care professionals training on how to identify and appropriately treat human trafficking victims.
  • H.R. 880, the Military Injury Surgical Systems Integrated Operationally Nationwide to achieve ZERO Preventable Deaths (MISSION ZERO) Act, authored by Dr. Burgess, establishes a grant program for military-civilian partnerships in trauma care that will allow both sectors to benefit from the others’ expertise and experience. 
  • H.R. 931, the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2017, authored by Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), requires the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop and maintain a registry to collect data regarding the incidence of cancer in firefighters.
  • H.R. 2422, the Action for Dental Health Act of 2017, authored by Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL), would reauthorize CDC oral health promotion and disease prevention programs along with the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) grants to states to support oral health workforce activities.

“These bipartisan bills are important to the folks in our communities, particularly those that seek to care for others,” said Chairman Burgess. “From helping our first responders and connecting civilian patients with battle-tested trauma care, to ensuring we have the resources necessary for good oral health, these bills will advance our public health efforts.”

Electronic copies of the legislation and a background memo can be found on the Energy and Commerce Committee’s website here. Amendment text and votes will be available at the same link as they are posted.