Senate Approves 21st Century Cures Act

The House and Senate both approved the 21st Century Cures Act this month.

The expansive measure aims to increase funding for research into cancer and other diseases, boosts access to mental health treatment and combats the opioid abuse epidemic in the United States.

The bill passed the Senate in a 94-5 vote on Dec. 7 after receiving overwhelming approval in the House last week. President Obama is expected to soon sign the bill.

The $6.3 billion bill will provide the National Health Institute (NIH) up to $4.8 billion in additional funding over 10 years as well as provide $500 million in funding for the FDA and approximately $1 billion in grants to states to combat prescription drug addictions.

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