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E-NEWSLETTER: 21st Century Cures

December 23, 2016

Dear Neighbors,

As technology advances, it is the responsibility of Congress to update, improve and support medical science and research. That is why I was so proud to work with President Obama, Vice President Biden and members on both sides of the aisle to pass H.R. 34, the 21st Century Cures Act. Through smart investments, it will facilitate the advancement of cutting edge medical research and provide for the more efficient discovery, development and delivery of new treatments. As a leader in medical innovation, New Jersey and institutions such as the Cancer Institute of New Jersey in New Brunswick, stand to benefit from 21st Century Cures investments in medical research.

Rep. Pallone at the bill signing of 21st Century Cures last week

21st Century Cures will designate over $6 billion to implement cutting-edge health initiatives. The initiatives include:

  • $1 billion to help fight the opioid epidemic – expanding access to treatment for the over 256,000 New Jersey residents who are suffering from opioid and heroin addiction.
  • $1.5 billion in funding for the BRAIN Initiative that finds new ways to treat, cure, and prevent brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and epilepsy.
  • $1.8 billion to support Vice President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot, which aims to accelerate research efforts and make new therapies available to more patients, while also improving our ability to prevent cancer and detect it at an early stage.
  • $1.5 billion for President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative, which will help researchers, develop medicines tailored to individuals, rather than one-size-fits-all treatments.
  • $500 million for the FDA to foster innovation and to help improve FDA’s medical product review in order to expedite patient access to important drugs and medical devices.
  • Expanding access to critical mental health services, including adult suicide prevention, community crisis response systems, and increases access to mental health services for children through Medicaid.

Rep. Pallone visited Damon House in New Brunswick, which assists those suffering with substance abuse disorder and drug dependence, this week to celebrate the more than $1 billion to combat the opioid epidemic in the 21st Century Cures Act.

If you have a moment, please respond to this email or contact my office to share your thoughts on 21st Century Cures and the future of medical research in our country. It is my job to represent you and I want to make sure that your views are taken into account while I’m fighting on your behalf.


Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr.