The United States Senate passed an extensive medical funding bill on Wednesday, December 8, 2016, The 21st Century Cures Act. Nearly two years in the making, the $6.3 billion dollar legislative bill will help fund cancer research, aid in the epidemic of opioid use, help fund mental health treatment, and help the Food and Drug Administration to speed up drug approvals and push better use of technology in medicine.
This bill increases speculation as a substantial investment in creating a preventive health care system in the United States.
The BiPartisan Policy Center issued a statement by former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, “The Cures Act is groundbreaking. Over the 40 years I have been in medicine, there has never been a more exciting time for medical innovation than today. “The Senate’s passage of this bill will impact millions of Americans and give a big voice to patients in improving their care. With an estimated 7,000–10,000 known molecular-based diseases without cures, we now have an opportunity to change that trajectory and find new cures and treatments for patients.”
The Cures Act will invest nearly $3 billion into the BRAIN and Precision Medicine Initiatives, focusing on neurological disorders and brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s. $500 million a year will be used to help states take measures against opioid misuse and addictions.
Cancer research and solutions are also a major focus, with consideration given to Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot initiative.
The goal for the Cures Act: Advancing Medical Innovation for a Healthier America. Innovative technologies and improved drug development process could be groundbreaking for patients, caretakers and medical teams.