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July 20 - Kuster Applauds Passage of Legislation to Support Medical Research

Kuster Applauds Passage of Legislation to Support Medical Research

Jul 10, 2015  
Press Release 
The 21st Century Cures Act would help support and expand research of cures for many diseases, including Alzheimer’s

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) applauded the passage of bipartisan legislation to support and expand research of cures for many diseases, including Alzheimer’s.  The 21st Century Cures Act would help support the development of cures by improving the efficiency of the regulatory process for new treatments and continuing to invest in research to find cures for many life-threatening diseases.  This legislation would also help to achieve better clinical trials, provide incentives to enhance treatments for many rare diseases, and streamline the process of medical research to find cures faster.

“As someone who helped support my mother when she suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, I have long advocated for increased investment in medical research.  Every American has a loved one who has experienced the devastating effects of disease, and we must come together to support the work of the medical community in developing cures,” said Congresswoman Annie Kuster. “This bipartisan bill could help families all across the country by bolstering cutting edge medical research and reducing regulatory burdens on life-saving treatments. I am proud to support this legislation, and urge my colleagues to come together behind this cause.”

The 21st Century Cures Act would establish an “Innovation Fund” that would dedicate $1.75 billion a year for five years to the National Institutes of Health for medical research.  This critical funding would be completely offset, and the bill would reduce the deficit by over $500 million and serve to create good jobs in the biomedical industry.  The bill would also focus more attention on personalized medicine, which helps to identify diseases at a much earlier stage.

Congresswoman Annie Kuster's mother, former NH Senator Susan McLane, was first diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2001, and Kuster spent the next four years caring for her alongside her family. Kuster and her mother co-wrote a book entitled, "The Last Dance: Facing Alzheimer's with Love and Laughter” to detail their experience with Alzheimer's. Kuster continues to advocate in Congress for increased research funding and programs to support Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers.  In 2014, she helped introduce legislation to provide support for individuals acting as caregivers for ill family members or other chronically dependent individuals.

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