Bold | Bipartisan | Life-Saving

21st Century Cures is a bold, bipartisan approach to medical innovations. It will save lives by safely speeding up the approval process for drugs and medical devices. And faster cures means more time with loved ones.

Spearheaded by Fred and Congresswoman Diana DeGette, D-Colorado, the 21st Century Cures initiative took a unique approach to legislating: listening first. For more than two years the duo hosted bipartisan roundtables here in Southwest Michigan, at places like the Western Michigan University Medical School, and across the country where they heard from patients, doctors, researchers, job-creators, and stakeholders on what Congress could do to make a real difference in the lives of all Americans.

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What they learned was that the current medical innovation infrastructure was too slow, too cumbersome, and too costly – ultimately costing patients and families the most. They also learned that facilitating medical breakthroughs would support job-creation and economic growth right here in Southwest Michigan.

The result of these listening sessions was the introduction of the 21st Century Cures Act. This bipartisan piece of legislation makes it easier to develop new treatments and cures for diseases and helps the United States maintain a competitive edge in medical innovations – and the jobs that come with those innovations.

Because of Fred’s bipartisan leadership, the 21st Century Cures Act was advanced by the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate by wide bipartisan votes.

21st Century Cures Act was then signed into law by President Obama in 2016 – marking a huge win for patients, doctors, and families here in Michigan and across the country.

By prioritizing working together and listening, Fred was able to advance meaningful legislation that will improve medical innovation and make a real difference in the lives of all Americans.

You can learn more below:

CNN: Can we Find Cures for 7,000 Diseases?

Detroit Free Press: A Push for Cures we Can All Get Behind

Herald Palladium: Cures Act Proves a Big Winner

Huffington Post: Momentum to deliver 21st Century Cures gets Stronger by the Day

The Atlantic: Republicans and Democrats Find Improbable Common Ground on the 21st Century Cures Act

TIME Magazine: How to Breathe New Life into America’s Health-Care System