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21st Century Cures Act Passes House, Providing Pathway to Hope for Millions of Americans

Washington, D.C., July 10, 2015AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued the following statement regarding the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6) by a 344-77 vote in the House of Representatives:

“Medical research is the beginning of hope, and today’s House vote on the 21st Century Cures Act is a significant step toward improving the lives of millions of Americans affected by serious illnesses and life-threatening diseases. The legislation provides a sustainable and predictable pathway for medical research funding and the hope it provides by reauthorizing the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for three years at funding levels that represent an increase of $1.5 billion per year, and by creating an NIH Innovation Fund that would provide $8.75 billion in mandatory funding over the next five years.

In addition to aiding those dealing with chronic diseases, this funding would help our nation meet the health challenges of an aging and increasingly diverse population by furthering medical advances and fostering innovation that will help the United States remain a vibrant force in the global economy.

The AAMC thanks the House leadership and the members and staff of the House Energy and Commerce Committee for their vision and dedication to bringing this important bill to the floor. We look forward to working with them as this legislation moves forward.”

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The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Its members comprise all 147 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 80 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC serves the leaders of America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and their nearly 160,000 faculty members, 83,000 medical students, and 115,000 resident physicians. Additional information about the AAMC and its member medical schools and teaching hospitals is available at www.aamc.org.