By a voice vote, the House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee on Thursday approved the latest draft of its 21st Century Cures Act and forwarded it to the full committee for consideration. While the subcommittee says the proposed bipartisan legislation is the product of more than a year of listening to healthcare stakeholders across the country, the bill has detractors who feel that members of Congress have not been paying attention to their concerns.
“Every policy has been scrutinized, every voice considered,” according to Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the full committee, which will consider the legislation next week. Although the subcommittee asserts that patient and industry groups have “lined up” to support the provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act, critics of the updated discussion draft claim that the legislation falls short in several key technology areas.
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