President Obama Signs Key Elements of Engel Medicare Legislation into Law

President Obama Signs Key Elements of Engel Medicare Legislation into Law

Passage of 21st Century Cures Act improves Medicare coverage of home infusion therapy, allocates funding for opioid epidemic and rare diseases

Washington, DC – President Barack Obama has signed into law the 21st Century Cures Act, a major legislative package aimed at promoting biomedical advances. The law contains numerous provisions authored by Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a leading member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, who released the following statement:

“I thank President Obama for acting swiftly to sign the 21st Century Cures Act into law. In funding medical research and a response to our country’s opioid epidemic, this legislation makes a crucial investment in Americans’ health. In improving our mental health system and streamlining the process by which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) evaluates drugs and medical devices, 21st Century Cures will make it easier for Americans to access the treatments they need, when they need them.

“Over the years, many constituents have shared personal stories with me about the impact rare diseases have had on their families. As a long-time advocate for those patients living with rare diseases, I know how much relief and encouragement new treatments can bring to them and their loved ones. In passing 21st Century Cures, Congress has signaled its strong commitment to defeating rare diseases, and I am confident that this law will help a great deal in affording patients innovative therapies.

“I am especially pleased that the 21st Century Cures Act contained key elements of my Medicare Home Infusion Site of Care Act, which will help safeguard patients’ access to life-saving home infusion therapy. The law also included provisions from the Establishing Beneficiary Equity in the Hospital Readmission Program Act, a bill I coauthored with Congressman James B. Renacci to ensure hospitals are not punished for serving low-income patients.

“This bill will save lives, and though it has its flaws, I know that it will bring both cures and hope to patients nationwide.”