Cancer Research Legislation

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The below list features proposed legislation from the 115th Congress specific to particular diseases, as well as other topics such as childhood cancer and cancer survivorship.

Ovarian and Cervical Cancer Awareness Act of 2017 (H.R. 3807)

  • This bill would amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for activities to increase the awareness and knowledge of health care providers and women with respect to ovarian and cervical cancer, including promotion of early detection methods and ensuring emphasis is given to ovarian and cervical cancer under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s public health awareness campaign required by Johanna’s Law.
  • H.R. 3807 was introduced by Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) on 9/18/2017 and was referred to the Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health on 9/22/2017.
  • Read the full bill text on Congress.gov.

Kids First Research Act 2.0 (H.R. 2008)

  • The bill would eliminate taxpayer financing of presidential election campaigns and the Presidential Election Campaign Fund and transfer the remaining funds to the 10-Year Pediatric Research Initiative Fund.
  • The bill encourages the NIH Director to coordinate and conduct research on pediatric cancer and other pediatric diseases and conditions including through the 10-Year Pediatric Research Initiative Fund.
  • The bill would also amend the PHS Act to prioritize pediatric research that does not replicate existing research activities of the NIH.
  • H.R. 2008 was introduced by Barbara Comstock (R-VA) on 4/6/2017 and was referred to the Committees on Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce; and House Administration.
  • Read the full bill text on Congress.gov.

Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Research Act of 2017 (H.R. 1984)

  • The bill would require the NIH to expand, intensify, and coordinate programs for the conduct and support of triple-negative breast cancer research through the appropriate institutes, offices, and centers, including the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the Office of Research on Women’s Health, and the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities. The NCI is not mentioned in the bill.
  • The bill directs the CDC to develop and disseminate triple-negative breast cancer information to the public and HRSA to develop and disseminate triple-negative breast cancer information to health care providers.
  • H.R. 1984 was introduced by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) on 4/6/2017 and was referred to the Energy and Commerce Committee.
  • Read the full bill text on Congress.gov.

Donald Payne Sr. Colorectal Cancer Detection Act of 2017 (H.R. 1578)

  • The bill would amend the Social Security Act to provide Medicare coverage for FDA-approved qualifying colorectal cancer screening blood-based tests.
  • H.R. 1578 was introduced by Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ) on 3/16/2017 and it was referred to both the Energy and Commerce; and Ways and Means Committees.
  • Read the full bill text on Congress.gov.

Mary Jo Lawyer Spano Mesothelioma Patient Registry Act of 2017 (H.R. 1563)

  • The bill would establish a mesothelioma patient registry to collect data on mesothelioma, including information with respect to the incidence and prevalence of the disease in the U.S.
  • This registry, to be administered by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, would be available to the public as well as other Federal departments and agencies, including NIH, to help facilitate and enhance research on, and prevention and treatment of, mesothelioma.
  • H.R. 1563 was introduced by John Katko (R-NY) on 3/16/2017 and was referred to the Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health on 3/17/2017.
  • Read the full bill text on Congress.gov.

CT Colonography Screening for Colorectal Cancer Act of 2017 (H.R. 1298)

  • The bill would amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide Medicare coverage of computed tomography (CT) colonography as a colorectal cancer screening test.
  • The bill was introduced by Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) on 3/1/2017 and was referred to the Committees on Energy and Commerce; and Ways and Means.
  • Additional Background: Current recommendations for colorectal cancer screening from the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) indicate that there is insufficient evidence to assess the benefits and harms of CT colonography screening. The recommendation statement states that “Although there is a growing body of evidence on the test performance characteristics of CT colonography, evidence to bound the potential harms of this technology is still lacking, particularly in regard the incidental findings. More consistent and complete reporting, in summaries with longer-term follow-up, of the downstream consequences of initial detection, subsequent workup, and definitive treatment of extracolonic findings, would allow for better understanding of the net benefit associated with this screening approach.” This recommendation was issued in 2016.
  • Read the full bill text on Congress.gov.

Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2017 (H.R. 1017/S. 479)

  • The bill would require a waiver of coinsurance under Medicare for colorectal cancer screening tests, regardless of whether therapeutic intervention is required during the screening.
  • H.R. 1017 was introduced by Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) on 2/13/2017 and was referred to the Committees on Energy and Commerce; and Ways and Means. S. 479 was introduced by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) on 3/1/2017 and was referred to the Senate Finance Committee.
  • Read the full bill text on Congress.gov.

Lymphedema Treatment Act (H.R. 930/S. 497)

  • The bill would amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for Medicare coverage of certain lymphedema compression treatment items as durable medical equipment.
  • H.R. 930 was introduced by Rep. David Reichert (R-WA) on 2/7/2017 and was referred to the Committees on Energy and Commerce; and Way and Means.       S. 497 was introduced by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) on 3/2/2017 and was referred to the Senate Finance Committee.
  • Read the full bill text on Congress.gov.
  • Updated: November 16, 2017