Entries by Grant Kerber

How should Congress use its lame-duck session? First, it can save lives.

The session may be consumed by arguments over federal budgeting. But if there is time for anything else, Mr. McConnell may push the 21st Century Cures Act, a bipartisan effort that has taken years to get close to passing. Congress should nudge it across the finish line — taking care to repair a few problems along the way.

Trump, GOP In Congress Could Use “Must-Pass” Bills To Bring Health Changes

Throughout the campaign, President-Elect Donald Trump’s entire health message consisted of promising to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

That remains difficult with Democrats still commanding enough power in the Senate to block the 60 votes needed for a full repeal. Republicans could use fast-track budget authority to make some major changes to the law, although that could take some time. In the short term, however, Trump could use executive power to make some major changes on his own.

National Health Council Urges Patient Organizations to Show Support for 21st Century Cures

The National Health Council is circulating a sign-on letter to Congressional leadership to urge passage of the 21st Century Cures Act by the end of 2016. As we near the end of the year, it is imperative that the tireless work by Congress and the patient community does not go to waste by delaying action until the next Congress in 2017.

Apply Today for a Travel Stipend for Rare Disease Week on Capitol Hill 2017

Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for Rare Disease Week on Capitol Hill, to be held February 27 through March 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. The week of events brings together rare disease community members from across the country to be educated on federal legislative issues, meet other advocates, and share their unique stories with legislators.

Pediatric Priority Review Vouchers Saved in the Eleventh Hour

One day before the program’s sunset, President Obama signed a bill to temporarily reauthorize the rare pediatric disease priority review voucher program for 3 months. The program has had significant interest from industry, and the program’s extension on September 30 was the product of substantial efforts on the part of stakeholders, including rare disease advocates.