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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today praised Senate passage (94-5) of the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34). The bipartisan legislation would accelerate the discovery and development of new cures and treatments for rare disorders, cancer, Alzheimer’s and many other diseases impacting millions of American families each year. 

“Far too many Kansas families are living with the burdens of chronic diseases,” said Sen. Moran. “This bill will help end the pain and heartache that come from diagnoses and provide hope to millions of Americans. Investing in this research now will save us billions of dollars in healthcare costs in the future and improve the quality of life for Kansans and Americans. I am hopeful the president will quickly sign it into law.”

The bill includes funding for biomedical research at the National Institute of Health (NIH), assistance for mental health efforts, provisions to accelerate the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval and drug development processes, and funding to fight opioid abuse and suicides. Additionally, H.R. 34 also includes provisions Sen. Moran has supported to help rural hospitals in Kansas and important funding to support the fight against cancer.

The University of Kansas Cancer Center Director Roy A. Jensen, M.D., added, “We applaud the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act that includes $1.8.billion over seven years for the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative. This bipartisan bill could not come at a better time, as the act will fund the NCI’s Blue Ribbon Panel recommendations to accelerate progress against cancer and achieve the goals of the initiative.”

Sen. Moran spoke about the 21st Century Cures Act on Dec. 1, 2016. Click here to watch his remarks.