21st Century Cures Legislation Signed by President Obama
On December 7, the Senate followed the House of Representative's lead and signed the 21st Century Cures bill which is focused on developing treatments and cures for rare diseases; President Obama signed it on December 13.
The work on this legislation began back in the spring of 2014 and was led by Representatives Diana DeGette (D-CO) and FredUpton (R-MI) because there are 7,000 known rare diseases and treatments or cures for only five percent.
Among other provisions, this legislation provides $4.8 billion in new funding for the National Institutes of Health and $500 million in new funding for the Food and Drug Administration. The legislation also has provisions to ease the development and approval of new treatments.
President Obama said, "The bipartisan passage of the 21st Century Cures Act is an example of the progress we can make when people from both parties work together to improve the health of our families, friends and neighbors.”
Since the spring of 2014, rare disease patients and their families, including those in the FOP community, have been asked to share their stories with their Members of Congress and to ask for their support of the bill. Thank you for being advocates! You, the FOP community, helped pass this bill! #curesnow #cureFOP