Engel Supported Health Bills Pass Committee

Engel Supported Health Bills Pass Committee

Two health bills, one co-authored and one co-introduced by Congressman Eliot L. Engel, passed the Energy & Commerce Committee with bipartisan support yesterday.

The Effective Suicide Screening and Assessment in the Emergency Department Act, H.R. 4861, co-authored by Congressman Engel, would provide $100 million over five years to help emergency departments identify and treat those with a high-risk of suicide. This legislation has been endorsed by over 40 mental health advocacy groups including the Emergency Nurses Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American Nurses Association, National Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health America.

The bipartisan Creating Hope Reauthorization Act, H.R. 4439, which Congressman Engel helped introduce, would reauthorize the Rare Pediatric Disease Priority Review Voucher program for four years. This program encourages more research into therapies for children, including pediatric cancers, by providing a voucher that innovators can use to expedite federal review of their medical products. Additionally, innovators can sell these vouchers to raise capital to invest in biomedical research.

“Now more than ever, Congress should be focusing on ways to improve health outcomes for Americans,” said Rep. Engel. “Suicide prevention and addressing pediatric illnesses require innovative solutions and strong government support. I am pleased to see these two bills move through committee and I look forward to their full passage in the House.”