DeGette, Upton call for ideas on Cures 2.0

Nov 22, 2019
Press Release
Next effort of 21st Century Cures will look to modernize coverage and access to life-saving cures

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Fred Upton (R-MI) today released their initial vision for their landmark Cures 2.0 legislation and are now calling on experts and stakeholders to submit their ideas and feedback on the plan.

The first installment of 21st Century Cures was signed into law nearly three years ago, and already, there are better ways to prevent and screen cancer, an improved understanding of the human brain, and improvements in the field of regenerative medicine. A record number of new drugs have been approved – including new generics – which have helped lower health care costs for millions of Americans.

Cures 2.0 will aim to improve care delivery and look at how it is possible to modernize coverage and access to life-saving cures.

“We are so proud of what the first effort of 21st Century Cures has been able to achieve in such a short amount of time, but one thing we have heard from listening to folks across the nation is that we need to do more to promote access to these life-saving cures,” DeGette and Upton said. “There are still too many patients without a treatment, and we need to do everything we can to help them now.”

Mirroring a similar process as their previous effort, DeGette and Upton have been working in a truly bipartisan, transparent and collaborative manner, putting patients and their needs at the center of all discussions. They have begun meeting with and gathering input from stakeholders and other experts.

DeGette and Upton requested input and feedback to be submitted by December 16, 2019.

Click here to see the full document detailing the lawmakers’ initial vision for Cures 2.0.